Cyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on NSW roads. The simple fact of their fragility and limited protection means that they are more likely to be injured in a collision with a bigger vehicle than other road users.
Add to that their small visual profile and the speed difference between them and other vehicles and the dangers faced by cyclists become all too apparent.
According to NSW Transport Roads and Maritime Services, there were 10 people killed in bicycle accidents on NSW roads in 2011, and a further 1,042 injured.
Cyclists who suffer injury as a result of an accident in NSW may be entitled to compensation if another party was at fault or partly at fault.
Those who are unsure of how to proceed in such cases can talk to no win no fee lawyers who specialise in this area of law.
They can provide a no obligation consultation to determine the merits of your compensation claim, based on a sound understanding car accident compensation law and the dangers facing cyclists.
While our urban planners are making great steps towards better accommodating cyclists on our roads, there is a way to go before we can claim to emulate the leadership in such matters shown by European capitals.
In the meantime, education of drivers and cyclists has an important role to play in making both groups more aware of each other and conscious of safe ways of sharing the roads
This is especially important with our youngest bike riders. Cycling is an excellent way for kids to exercise, gain some autonomy and get to and from school at minimum expense.
It is also a great way to get used to road rules and the habits of other drivers.
A special bike course to be held next month in Sydney Park will teach teens that are keen on cycling important traffic skills and provide them with helpful tips for how to be safe on the roads and ride with confidence.
The half day class for 12-18 year olds – to be held on Saturday April 13 – is part of this year's Youth Week in the City theme, 'Be active. Be happy. Be you.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that the skills people learn while they are young stay with them for life.
"These are our bike riders of the future – the ones who'll benefit the most from Sydney's growing bike network," said Mr Moore in a statement on March 4.