The state government has not yet made a report into a cycling safety education campaign public.
Victoria is the only state in Australia without minimum passing distances for cycling in legislation, and organisations like the RACV and the Amy Gillett Foundation, which advocates for improved safety for cyclists, are pushing for it.
Both organisations say a mandatory metre passing distance, and 1.5m in speed zones higher than 60km/h, would drastically improve cyclist safety.
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In the past 12 months, as well as several injuries and near misses, one cyclist died after being struck by a car on a rural road around Ballarat - former Creswick CFA captain Mark Spenceley.
Work has begun locally on studies to improve cyclist safety in the CBD, though a planned cycling path along Mair Street was canned after an engineering error.
The state government committed to an education campaign through the TAC, and an article on the subject from January 2019 notes "a study on how a 12-month education campaign worked due for release soon".
A spokesperson for the Amy Gillett Foundation noted the TAC presented the findings of the study at the 2019 Australasian Road Safety Conference.
"The studies showed good recall of the messaging of the campaign which is in line with what we already knew after having already done our own community attitudes research," they said in a statement.
"As far as we are aware, there's been no publicly released final report that summarises all of the findings.
"Our position remains the same, education is important, but not enough, legislation is also needed. Amending the road rule is an essential part of behaviour change, that's why we have laws in place for obvious things like speed, drink driving, seatbelts, (and) talking on your phone.
"Every other state and territory has introduced A Metre Matters legislation without any major issues."
They added studies from the UK indicated plain-clothes police monitoring close passes saw a 20 per cent decrease in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured after 12 months.
"It's important to remember that A Metre Matters legislation in Victoria will clarify existing legislation," they said.
"Right now in Victoria, you legally must provide a 'sufficient distance' when passing a cyclist. We're simply asking that a 'sufficient distance be defined' - you tell me which is easier to enforce."
The RACV's senior transport manager, Peter Kartsidimas, said the state government agreed in 2017 to trial minimum passing distances if the community education campaign was ineffective.
"RACV is calling on the government to release the findings of the report, which should indicate whether the campaign was successful or not in changing driver behaviour," he said in a statement.
"The government needs to do more and that's why we are calling for a trial of a minimum passing distance rule for motorists when overtaking cyclists.
"Regional roads, where speed limits are often high and road surfaces can be narrow, are exceptionally dangerous for cyclists."
A state government spokesperson said in a statement safety was its number one priority.
"We are reviewing the effectiveness of this road rule in other states to see if it could be rolled out in Victoria," they said.
The state government committed millions of dollars to inner-city cycling infrastructure upgrades, and 250 kilometres of cycling and walking paths are in delivery across the state.
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