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SKEPTICAL: Ted Anderson of Ted’s Bike Shop in East Maitland is sceptical about the new cycling laws. Photo: Perry Duffin
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Cyclists face dramatically higher fines as new bike laws roll out across the state this week.

The fine for not wearing a helmet has risen from $71 to $319, and the penalties for running a red light, riding dangerously and not stopping at pedestrian crossings have increased from $71 to $425.

Maitland Triathlon Club member and cycling advocate Ted Anderson said the new cycling laws would act as a further disincentive to the already maligned bike-riding community.

“These are laws written and enacted by a government thinking more about cars than bikes,” he said.

Mr Anderson said there was a culture of disrespect for cyclists in Australia.

He admitted that while some break the law, cyclists frequently deal with outright hostility on the roads and lacking infrastructure everywhere else.

“People scream and say they pay rego to drive on the road,” he said.

“Roads are built out of consolidated revenue, not rego.

“But if cycling licenses built cycleways we’d all happily pay.”

Under the new laws motorists are required to give a one metre berth when passing cyclists at up to 60km per hour.

“The passing law will be almost impossible to enforce,” Mr Anderson said.

“I don’t think it’ll achieve anything apart from give police a chance to check our I.D.”

The fine for not wearing a helmet has risen from $71 to $319, and the penalties for running a red light, riding dangerously and not stopping at pedestrian crossings have increased from $71 to $425.

Other offences, including not having a bell or riding at night without lights, will also rise from $71 to $106.

Cyclists will not be required to carry photo identification until March 2017.

The laws are part of the NSW Government’s Go Together campaign.

FROM MARCH 1 2016

Drivers who pass a cyclist must provide 1m of clearance when travelling at 60km/hr or less.This distance increases to 1.5m above 60km/hr.Fine for not wearing a helmet up from $71 to $319Fine for running a red light up from $71 to $425Fine for riding dangerously up from $71 to $425Fine for holding on to a moving vehicle up from $71 to $319Fine for not stopping at children’s/pedestrian crossings up from $71 to $425FROM MARCH 1 2017

Cyclists over 18 years-old will be required to carry photo identificationWHAT YOU SAID

“If they wish to ride their bikes on main roads/highways the should pay registration & obey the road rules like all motorists do”

-Kath Williams Gillis

“More vigilance with stopping the cyclist riding two abreast, in any situation except on a properly closed road for races.”

-Leonie Isenhood

“Why not have a rule where cyclists can only ride if bike lanes are present?”

– Kathy Moore

“Bikes should be in bike lanes or over the white line where ever possible and not ride side by side.All bikes should be made to have side mirrors as well.”

-Andrew Borland

“Trying to police the onemetre rule will be impossible. What’s the law on cyclists riding side by side?”

-Rodney Mark

“What a joke, try driving a truck that takes up the entire lane.”

-Scott Russell Hamilton

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