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Cycling advocacy group calls on riders to protest new laws

AUSTRALIA'S largest cycling advocacy group is calling on bike riders statewide to protest against new cycling laws.

The Bicycle Network is outraged at the State Government's plan to force riders to carry ID and significantly increase fines, such as for disobeying a red light soaring from $71 to $425.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards questioned the necessity for the new laws which will be enacted on March 1.

He said there had been no statistics or evidence provided to show the changes would improve safety for road users.

"NSW is planning to stand alone as the only place in the world with compulsory ID for riders," he said.

The Bicycle Network will be holding a rally in Sydney's Martin Place at 7.30am on Thursday, February 18.

Bike riders have been encouraged to voice their concerns on social media using #rideIDfree.



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