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Cyclists recording cars’ overtaking distance with black boxes

Cyclists across Melbourne have fitted little black boxes onto the back of their bikes.

It’s called a PassBox, and it records how close a car gets to a bike when it’s overtaking.

Cyclists have long called for a rule requiring cars to maintain a one-metre buffer when overtaking, and hope the new data from the boxes will prove that it is needed.

President of the Australian Cycle Alliance Edward Hore told Tony Jones people don’t understand how close they get to cyclists.

‘The anecdotal evidence will be thrown out the window and we’ll have some scientific evidence,’ Mr Hore said.

‘The one-metre rule needs to come in because we need to give that distance a figure.’

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