THE S.C.A. STORY
The road less travelled, for more reasons than we can shake a bent frame pump at.
IF YOU HADN’T HEARD OF US BEFORE NOW, READ ON. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED TO KNOW WHAT S.C.A. HAS ACHIEVED SO FAR.
HOW WE BEGAN
Safe Cycling Australia sprang to life after Sean Harrison and myself met through our mutual love of cycling and shared passion for safer roads, and decided to petition the Queensland government in 2009 for the introduction of a Minimum Safe Passing Distance law. Despite a campaign netting in excess of five thousand Queensland cyclist’s signatures, gaining the support of elite cyclists Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans and others, meeting with the Transport Minister during the campaign and recieving widespread media attention, we were ultimately unsuccessful in changing the exiting QRR144. The law at the time effectively required a motorist to collide with and potentially kill a cyclist before they could possibly be found to have overtaken them too closely. The response of the Transport Minister to the parliamentary petition at the time was that the government’s recommendation for motorists to overtake “with sufficient room” was sufficient.
Enouraged by the response from the Queensland cycling community and from cyclists and their families nationally, if not left a little deflated by the dismissive response from the Minister, it was decided that a more substancial effort be made to campaign and lobby for a specific distance law for the benefit of both cyclists and other road users.
On November 9 2009, I started the Safe Cycling Australia page on Facebook. In the years since, the page has grown to be one of the most heavily supported cycling advovacy-specific pages anywhere in the world. Everyone involved in our growth including Sean, Graham, Scott, Tony, Kat, and others such as those who have provided free online work, campaign assistance and advice to help us stay on track, particularly when we looked like we’d fly off the rails, dererves our unending gratitude. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, and it’s mostly been worth it. Let’s not mention the negatives.
"IT'S JUST ANOTHER FORM OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION IN AUSTRALIA, WHERE BIGOTRY HAS BECOME A NATIONAL SPORT"
“WE ALREADY HAVE CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE. IT’S CALLED OUR ROAD NETWORK, AND CYCLISTS PAY TO USE IT JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. THAT’S WHY WE WISH ALL CYCLISTS FELT SAFE ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO RIDE ON THE TARMAC. THAT THEY DON’T FEEL SAFE ENOUGH PISSES ME OFF.”
~ DAVE SHARP, FOUNDER – S.C.A.