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Minimum space for passing cyclists is now law Australia-wide. It increases safety – but possibly road rage too

By Laura Fruhen, Lecturer, School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia
Isabel Rossen, Senior Learning Skills Officer, The University of Western Australia
Lisette Kanse, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia
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To protect cyclists on the roads, state governments in Australia have introduced laws that set a minimum space drivers must give cyclists when overtaking them. These laws are now in place nationwide, with Victoria the final state to join the ranks last month. But do these passing distance laws actually change drivers’ behaviour towards cyclists?

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