New study to investigate cyclist-motorist relationship in the Baw Baw Shire
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 15:05, Thursday 2 February 2012
A new study being conducted by Monash University for the Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking to determine the awareness and attitudes of cyclists and motorists toward each other on the shire’s roads.
The study, facilitated by research fellow at the University’s Accident Research Centre Dr Marilyn Johnson, is surveying both cyclists and motorists to determine their knowledge of road rules concerning cyclists, where cyclists feel unsafe and motorists feel frustrated, and locations in the shire that concern both cyclists and motorists.
Some questions in the survey ask respondents specifically which roads concern them. The survey also asks what improvements should be made to improve safety.
Mayor of the Baw Baw Shire Council Councillor Diane Blackwood said in a media release the increased popularity of cycling in the area has prompted the survey.
“Recreational and commuter cycling is becoming an increasingly popular activity throughout the Shire so we need to ensure that all road users feel safe,” Cr Blackwood said.
The results of the study will be of particular interest to councillor for the Baw Baw Shire’s Warragul ward Tony Wolfe, who has recently resolved to attend as many council meetings and other duties as possible by bike.
The survey is open to all Baw Baw Shire residents and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikeitbawbaw.
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