While metro drivers continue to be aggressive towards cyclists, the South West has remained calm and accepting towards all road users, according to the local bike club. According to the University of WA research released last week, since the State Government’s bicycle distance law was implemented there had been an increase in aggressive behaviour towards cyclists. However in a stroke of regional pride, Busselton Cycle Club president Wayne Flynn, pictured, said the region had proven to be the exception. “We don’t see much aggression down here thankfully and I would attribute that to having much more experience with sharing the road than those in the city,” he said. “For many years we have had triathlons such as the Ironman and people training on the roads for these events, as well as being a regional town we share our roads with other types of vehicles. “I think it comes down to our road users being better educated.” In 2017 the State Government passed laws that required vehicles to pass cyclists with at least one metre of space on roads with speed limits of 60km/h and 1.5m of space on roads with speed limits above 60km/h. The study found while drivers were complying, aggressive behaviour such as sounding car horns and swearing had also risen as an unintended side effect of the law. Lead researcher Dr Laura Fruhen said more needed to be done to improve the perception of cyclists among drivers — a feat Busselton had already accomplished, according to Mr Flynn. To assist the education around road rules and cyclist safety, Mr Flynn said the Busselton Cycle Club hosted regular rides and events to help people become more confident on the road.