Introducing mandatory minimum overtaking gaps for cyclists.

The NZ Transport Agency has appointed Opus to investigate the feasibility and possible implications of introducing mandatory minimum overtaking gaps for cyclists, together with a behaviour change programme encouraging motorists to give a safe overtaking gap when passing people on bikes.

The trialling of mandatory minimum overtaking distances for motor vehicles overtaking cyclists was a key recommendation of the New Zealand Cycle Safety Panel, established by the NZ Transport Agency to develop practical and innovative recommendations for how central and local government can work together to make cycling a safer transport option.

Opus will help to inform decisions on whether to proceed with a trial of mandatory minimum overtaking distances. The research will use state-of-art sensor technology on bikes that measure speed and passing distance. The bikes will also have video cameras.