Sharing the Road
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While you are driving along you will often see other road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. These road users are vulnerable because they have little to no protection in a crash, so it is important that you be alert at all times and considerate of these road users.
Motorcyclists are over-represented in the fatal and serious injury statistics. Between 1998 and 2009, they made up 14% of those killed or seriously injured in Western Australia.
A large proportion of motorcycle crashes in urban areas involve other vehicles. Motorcyclists may unintentionally ride in your blind spot, so please double check that it's clear before you change lanes. They may also be difficult to see at times, so remember to stay alert.
More people cycle in Western Australia than in any other state in the country and, unfortunately, they are over-represented in road crash figures.
As a driver, you should share the road with cyclists and be aware of their movements at all times. Cyclists may need to ride slightly away from the kerb or gutter at times due to debris and other hazards. They should be given at least one metre of space when being overtaken. Remember that bicycles are regarded as a vehicle, so cyclists have the same rights as a motor vehicle driver.
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable road users because they are unprotected if involved in a crash.
Pedestrians can be of all ages, so you need to be aware that they, particularly young children, could suddenly step out in front of traffic. Please always be alert to these dangers and slow down in high pedestrian areas, especially near schools and other areas young children are likely to be.