Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cycling Cycling Safety Bicycle Alone Accident Bike Fall AFL Coach James Hird severe concussion in a bicycle-alone- accident while riding in wet weather Herald Sun July 14, 2015 Bicycle Helmets Community Safety



Bike Falls may be fatal



"Around 80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes 
that do not involve motor vehicles."

"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes as no other vehicle was involved

These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations." 


Bicycle Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)





"The lack of an informed choice re cycling participation 

promotion as to the risks of death and serious injury and risk 

reduction measures may be negligent"

 

Pete Dowe 
Road Safety Advocate



http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/cycling-deaths-fatalities-victoria.html





Hird crashed into the road near the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, not far from his Toorak home, after hitting his head on the road and knocking himself out.

Witnesses called an ambulance which took him to The Alfred hospital where he spent the night, with reports stating his helmet prevented further damage.

“He has suffered severe concussion, however X-rays have cleared him of any fractures.”

As for whether he’ll be riding in such conditions in the future, Tania doesn’t think it’s the best idea.
“It clears his head, it’s great exercise and I said that to him — I think we won’t do any more wet-weather riding anymore,” she said.


James Hird has been injured in a road accident while riding his bicycle home

July 14, 2015 11:37am








ESSENDON expects James Hird to be able to coach on Friday night after he was discharged from hospital this morning following a bicycle accident on Monday night.




James Hird is on the mend. Picture: Twitter courtesy of @EssendonFC
The Bombers released a brief statement on Tuesday morning, announcing Hird had been released from hospital after undergoing a “thorough medical assessment”.
Hird crashed into the road near the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, not far from his Toorak home, after hitting his head on the road and knocking himself out.
Witnesses called an ambulance which took him to The Alfred hospital where he spent the night, with reports stating his helmet prevented further damage.
But after being cleared to go home, he may now coach histeam against North Melbourne on Friday night.
“James is in good spirits and will continue to rest up at home today,” the Essendon statement said.
“The club expects James will be able to coach on Friday night but will make a decision following further assessment with Doctor Bruce Reid tomorrow.”
Earlier today Hird’s wife Tania spoke outside their home, saying her husband was “very dopey” and “very sore” following his fall.
“By the time I’d left last night, all the scans had come through really positively and he was lucid,” she told reporters outside her home.
“I don’t really know too much to be honest, but there’s no fractures which is fantastic and by the time we left last night, he was able to talk. He was dopey, very dopey, and obviously very sore, but he was able to talk and I think it’ll all be fine.”
As for whether he’ll be riding in such conditions in the future, Tania doesn’t think it’s the best idea.
“It clears his head, it’s great exercise and I said that to him — I think we won’t do any more wet-weather riding anymore,” she said.
“(He) can take the car, I think”.




Essendon coach James Hird rode to an Essendon recovery session at St Kilda sea baths last week. Picture: Michael Klein
Tania Hird said he hadn’t even considered whether her husband could coach this week.
“I wouldn’t say (he’s in) good spirits,” she said.
“I couldn’t tell you that. He had a very, very severe concussion. And spirits ... I wouldn’t be talking about spirits at the moment. He had had a lot of medication.
“To be honest I’ve got no idea (if he’ll coach this Friday night) and it wasn’t a question I put to him.”
Hird was wearing a helmet which braced his fall, but he still suffered severe concussion.
Hird decided to ride his bike from home to Essendon’s Tullamarine headquarters and back again despite warnings of heavy rain throughout the day.
It’s understood it was raining heavily about 5.30pm when Hird had his accident.
Bombers club doctor Bruce Reid said Hird would be monitored.
“James was very fortunate he was wearing a helmet which has braced his fall,” he told the club website.
“He has suffered severe concussion, however X-rays have cleared him of any fractures.”
“James will remain in hospital for ongoing observation and following a review we hope he will be discharged soon.”
Hird has recently taken to his bike to improve his fitness and often rides to training and back.
Witnesses to the fall called the ambulance.
— with Mark Robinson and Ben Higgins


http://m.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/james-hird-has-been-injured-in-a-road-accident-while-riding-his-bicycle-home/story-fni5f6kv-1227440630007

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cycling Beach Road Bunch Cycling Bayside Council Pete Dowe's Speech to. July 28th 2015 Council resolves to Annually Review Cycling Accident Data on Beach Road No Stopping Zone Bayside Leader July 29th 2015




The Rescission Motion passed at Bayside Council on June 12th 2012, states in part:

3. (Council) requests VicRoads to report to Council biennially the crash statistics relating to Route 33 in Bayside, identifying separately the accidents which occur during the ‘No Stopping’ zone hours; and

4. (Council) requests VicRoads and the Victorian Police to monitor and regulate the behaviour of cyclists and motorists during the ‘No Stopping’ periods and report on this biennially together with any measures taken to improve cyclists’ behaviour; and

5. in the event that confirmation of the full amount of the $1.5m State Government funding is not forthcoming in the forthcoming budget year, that Council reviews the No Stopping provisions on an annual basis.

Irrespective of Victorian Government funding Councillors resolved to review cycling accident data and cycling behaviour biennially.

In 2010 Former Roads Minister Tim Pallas offered $1.5 million infrastructure funding and political inducement for the Clearway. Five years later funding has not been forthcoming despite numerous Council requests to the respective Roads Minister. Councillors might be interested to note Tim Pallas is now the Treasurer. Clearly Council hasn’t been speaking to the right person.

Surely it’s ludicrous to “lock-in” the Clearway without reviewing accident data, cycling behaviour, without the original agreed funding, and without the outstanding infrastructure.

This is just giving up.

Council has a duty of care to review cycling accident data, cycling behaviour and to not walk away from agreed road safety initiatives.
We were told the Clearway would reduce cycling crashes.
But 2014 recorded the equal highest amount of accidents, and it is likely 2015 will be the highest amount of cycling crashes as on March 7th 2015 the Hell Ride “knocked” cyclists into other bunches “bringing down” riders causing a number of cyclists’ serious injuries.