Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beach Road Bunch Cycling Bayside Council meeting Pete Dowe's speech Oct. 11th 2011 No Stopping Zones Community Safety



What to do about cyclists behaviour? And why do we only ever talk about parked Cars?

Beach Road Cyclists spokesman Marcel Lema told Stateline on September 1st 2006 “Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on beach road today have a very low set of skills.”

CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation joint submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of James Gould. states
“Riding in bunches is an acquired skill which many cyclists returning to cycling do not possess.”
According to Monash University Accident Research Centre (2009)


“No formal training programs to develop bunch riding skills were found during this review (of bunch cycling)…and there are no minimum requirements for cyclists to achieve before riding on the road in a bunch.”


Yet the Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists states:
“Sharing the Road means obeying the Road Rules, being predictable and respecting the rights of others who use the road.”


Klaus Mueller, (former) President, CycleSport Victoria said “You can’t expect not to be subject to the law if you want to be treated equally”
Bayside Leader May 19th 2009


Bicycle Victoria has previously stated on its website
“We will never condone cyclists breaking the road rules.


“…It really annoys us to see cyclists breaking the law as they are… also giving cyclists a bad name”


“Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured.” *


“Talking about the Hell Ride and other regular weekly faster training rides on Beach Rd. Racing on the road is not on, no matter who you are.”


According to CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation joint submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of James Gould.


”when cyclists breach road rules...” in particular the “…cycling specific rule of riding two abreast or three abreast when overtaking,
other road users become frustrated and take undue risks and/or show inappropriate aggression often to other cyclists.”


I conclude with these questions, do the Bike Lobby stakeholders have any influence re cyclist behaviour modification?


And do their statements on behaviour modification have any credibility?


*Bicycle Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

speech to Bayside Council meeting
October 11th 2011



No-stop order in limbo
by Jon Andrews October 19th 2011
http://bayside-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/no-stop-order-in-limbo/

Cycling & Walking Pedestrian Awarded $542,000 Damages Hit by Speeding Cyclist 70 kmh Loss of Livelihood Serious Injuries Bathurst 1000 Racetrack NSW Daily Telegraph


A PEDESTRIAN who was seriously injured when hit by a cyclist after the Bathurst 1000 motor race has been awarded more than half a million dollars in damages.
One witness estimated the cyclist, Gavin Whiteman, was travelling at 70km/h down a steep hill when he hit Mark James in October 2009.
In the NSW District Court today, Justice Michael Elkaim found Whiteman's negligence was the cause of the injury which robbed Mr James, 49, of his livelihood as an abattoir worker.

"Witness Stephen Aldrick said the pedestrian was "collected in the back" 

and carried six or seven metres forward."




"Damages/costs could be millions of dollars if a negligent cyclist caused a third party 

to suffer injuries which negated the injured third party to earn his/her current income, 

particularly if the injured third party had a dependant family, mortgage etc."


http://www.muggaccinos.com/Liability/BrakeCalcs/MyStuff/AllCyclistsNeedPublicLiabilityInsurance.htm



Bathurst pedestrian Mark James awarded $541,990 in damages for injuries sustained when hit by cyclist Gavin Whiteman

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A PEDESTRIAN who was seriously injured when hit by a cyclist after the Bathurst 1000 motor race has been awarded more than half a million dollars in damages.
One witness estimated the cyclist, Gavin Whiteman, was travelling at 70km/h down a steep hill when he hit Mark James in October 2009.
In the NSW District Court today, Justice Michael Elkaim found Whiteman's negligence was the cause of the injury which robbed Mr James, 49, of his livelihood as an abattoir worker.
He ordered Mr Whiteman to pay $541,990 in damages as well as legal costs.
Mr James reported hearing "howling and screaming" before he was hit from behind by a cyclist in October 2009 while holidaying inBathurst with his family.
He had been walking around the perimeter of the racetrack about 7pm, along with many hundreds of other spectators, after the day's events.
His next clear memory is of waking up in Bathurst hospital.
Witness Stephen Aldrick said the pedestrian was "collected in the back" and carried six or seven metres forward.
He estimated the speed of the cyclist at 70km/h and said the rider didn't have any lights on.
Mr Whiteman, whose memory of the event was affected because he came off his bike, estimated one of his two fellow riders was travelling at 20 to 30km/h.
The judge accepted neither estimate but said "even at the defendant's estimate of 20 to 30km/h the speed was too high".
He said the likely speed of the bike was "well above the defendant's guess".
In addition to a shoulder injury, Mr James sustained a head injury, a broken nose, an injury to his foot and bruises.
A rehabilitation specialist identified a mild traumatic brain injury.
He has been unable to continue his job at an abattoir and also had to give up casual work as a shearer.
In delivering his findings, the judge said Mr James was a hard-working man whose life revolved around his family and the job which had effectively been taken away from him.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Motoring Driver Safety Fatigue 15-minute break Power-nap. Easter Long Weekend Driver Reviver locations SES Victorian State Emergency Service Community Safety



http://www.ses.vic.gov.au/prepare/driver-reviver



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Places to stop

Driver Reviver locations operate throughout the year during major public holiday long weekends, such as Australia Day, Labour Day, Easter, Queen's Birthday and the Christmas/New Year period.
Stop and refresh with a free cuppa and biscuits. A 15-minute break can make all the difference.

Easter long weekend: April 2014

Driver Reviver locations will be operating during the Easter long weekend covering Thursday 17 to Monday 21 April. See the map for locations (some are approximate - click each marker for details) and see the listing below the map for times and dates.

Locations


View Driver Reviver Locations Easter 2014 in a larger map

Ararat

Thursday 17 April
Friday 18 April
Saturday 19 April

Bacchus Marsh

Monday 21 April, 10am-7pm

Ballarat

Thursday 17 April: 3.30pm til late
Monday 21 April: 3.30pm til late

Beaufort

Thursday 17 April: 9am-5pm
Friday 18 April: 9am-5pm

Benalla

Thursday 17 April from 12 noon through to Saturday 19 April at 12 noon
Monday 21 April: 8.30am til dark

Birchip

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Camperdown

Thursday 17 April: 10am-8pm

Cann River

Thursday 17 April: 7pm-1am

Colac

Thursday 17 April: 4.30pm til late*
Friday 18 April: 2pm til late
Saturday 19 April: 4.30pm til late
Sunday 20 April: 4.30pm til late
Monday 21 April: 4.30pm til late
*late = at least midnight

Coldstream-Lilydale

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Coleraine

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Dimboola

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Donald

Thursday 17 April: 2pm-10pm
Friday 18 April: 2pm-6pm
Monday 21 April: 10am-6pm

Dunolly

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Edenhope

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Euroa

Northbound: Thursday 17 April from 12 noon through to Friday 18 April at 2pm
Northbound: Saturday 19 April: 8am-1pm
Soutbound: Monday 21 April: 12.30pm-7pm

Healesville

Monday 21 April: 9am-6pm

Heathcote

Thursday 17 April: 5pm-10pm
Monday 21 April: 4pm-8pm

Huntly

Thursday 17 April: 12 noon-8pm
Monday 21 April: 10am-8pm

Kaniva

Thursday 17 April: 9am til late
Friday 18 April: 9am til late
Monday 21 April: 9am til late

Kerang

Thursday 17 April: most of the day and into the evening

Kilmore

Monday 21 April: 12 noon til 6pm

Leongatha

Thursday 17 April from 12 noon through to Friday 18 April at 1pm

Lismore

Thursday 17 April: 12 noon til 9.30pm
Friday 18 April: 9am-9pm
Saturday 19 April: 9am-9pm
Sunday 20 April: 9am-9pm
Monday 21 April: 9am-9pm

Lockington

Thursday 17 April: 9.30am-7.30pm
Friday 18 April: 8.30am-6pm
Monday 21 April: 8am-3.30pm

Marong/Eaglehawk

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Maryborough

Thursday 17 April: 2pm-10pm
Monday 21 April: 2pm-10pm

Mildura

Thursday 17 April from 12 noon through to Saturday 19 April at 12 noon
Monday 21 April: 9am-5pm

Mitiamo

Thursday 17 April: 8.30am-1am

Morwell

Friday 18 April from 8am through to Saturday 19 April at 6pm

Murchison

Monday 21 April: 7am-7pm

Murrayville

Thursday 17 April: 2.30pm-9pm
Monday 21 April: 2.30pm-9pm

Orbost

Thursday 17 April: 4pm until traffic eases

Ouyen

Thursday 17 April: 8pm-3am

Port Fairy

Thursday 17 April: 6pm to 12 midnight
Monday 21 April: 3pm-9pm

Pyramid Hill

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Rochester

Thursday 17 April from 6pm through to Friday 18 April at 12 noon

Rosedale

Thursday 17 April from mid afternoon through to Friday 18 April til mid afternoon

Rupanyup

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Rushworth

Monday 21 April: 12 noon to 9pm

Seymour

Opening hours will be based on availability and operational requirements

Skipton

Thursday 17 April: 7pm til late
Friday 18 April: 9am-3pm
Saturday 19 April: 9am-3pm
Monday 21 April: 9am-3pm
Tuesday 22 April: 9am til late

St Arnaud

Thursday 17 April: 6pm-11pm
Monday 21 April: 2pm-6pm

Stratford

Thursday 17 April: 4pm til late

Tallangatta

Monday 21 April: 9am-5pm

Warragul

Monday 21 April:8am-7pm

Wonthaggi

Friday 18 April: 8am-8pm
Tuesday 22 April: 8am-8pm

Wycheproof

Thursday 17 April: 7pm til late