Two cyclists in Sydney, New South Wales – the Australian state that brought in big increases in penalties for law-breaking riders on 1 March – have reportedly been fined A$425 (£225) apiece after police spotted them trackstanding at traffic lights.
Trackstanding in itself is not an offence, with the Twitter feed of campaign group Australian Cyclists instead suggesting that the pair were booked for “dangerous cycling” – although quite who they might have been endangering is unclear.
We're informed 2 cyclists were booked today $425 for "track standing" waiting for signal @ Centennial Pk, Sydney. Are we feeling safer yet?
— Australian Cyclists (@icycleivote) March 9, 2016
Some people commenting on that post wondered whether the trackstanding riders might have gone beyond the ‘Stop’ line, with running a red traffic light an offence that also attracts a fine of A$425.
Ahead of the new laws being introduced, Professor Chris Rissel of Sydney University, who has published widely on cycling-related issues, warned that New South Wales stood to become “the worst state in the world in terms of how we treat cyclists – if we’re not already.”
Just days before the new laws came into effect last week, 450 cyclists were fined on one day for a variety of offences.
New South Wales transport minister Duncan Gay however insists that the laws, which include higher fines for cyclists who flout the compulsory helmet law, are in the interests of making bike riders safer.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.