Monday, February 8, 2016

Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Cycling Deaths Fatalities Victoria's Cycling Strategy Ride2School 6 Six Boys Killed Under 14yo Riding from Footpath onto Road DCA's 147 & 148 No Helmet 2003- 2013 VicRoads CrashStats Risk Reduction Informed Choice Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent Reliable Photo Identification Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002 & Comment by Pete Dowe “Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents/ Bike Falls and Riding on the Footpath onto the Road or Crossing than Dooring” Pete Dowe “Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria “Two of the deceased boys were too young to be on a bicycle unsupervised, and too young to be on the roads at 4 and 5 years of age.” Pete Dowe



The six deceased male children ranged in age from 4yo to 13yo.

One of the deceased was 4, one was 5, one was 10, two were 11, and one was 13 yo.

Two of the deceased boys were too young to be on a bicycle unsupervised, 

and too young to be on the roads at 4 and 5 years of age.


Pete Dowe




“Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents Bike Falls and from Riding from the footpath onto the Road than Dooring and more likely to be seriously injured by Bike Falls and Riding from the Footpath onto the Road”

Pete Dowe



“Dooring” is a cycling safety issue in the wider community Collisions with car doors opened onto traffic or “dooring” (DCA 163) 

account for one cyclist fatality,

in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013  
 
and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 

according to VicRoads CrashStats.

I advocate that the maximum legal age for riding on a footpath remain at 11 years of age.
Riding on the footpath is hazardous,
and much more hazardous over 11 years of age.
Six of the Nine cyclists fatally injured
riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing DCA 148 in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats
were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.
394 of the 510 total cyclists seriously injured
riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing DCA 147 and DCA 148 during the same period
were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.
“Cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured”
Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002).
 




"Young people are being killed riding off the footpath 

onto the road"

"Most (63%) of the fatalities in this group are under 15 and male." (2002)

"This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle crashes."

"This crash type illustrates one of the main problems with footpath riding -

cyclists still have to cross a road at every intersection, including each driveway."


Riders need to take care when leaving the footpath to cross a road 

or to begin riding on the road."

      "Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key."


Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002


https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla/file/2002_Deaths_report.pdf
  

This blog strongly opposes certain reforms

VicRoads is currently considering:


"under one suggested reform, 


"ALLOWING all riders to use the footpath, provided that they give way to pedestrians."

Herald Sun 12.9.14





Lessons – Too many children die because they cannot control their bikes and are not “traffic” aware:





  • Supervision is the key. Don’t let your child near the road unsupervised until you are sure they can stop safely and cross roads safely.

      "Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key."







There were eleven cyclist fatalities in Victoria 

caused by the cyclist entering the road from the footpath and driveway (DCA 147 and 148)*

during the period January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013

according to VicRoads CrashStats.




All of the eleven deceased were Male.

Six of the eleven deceased 

were boys 13 years or younger.




The six deceased male children ranged in age from 4yo to 13yo.

One of the deceased was 4, one was 5, one was 10, two were 11, and one was 13 yo.



Two of the boys were not wearing bicycle helmets:

an 11 yo boy in Geelong 

and a 13 yo boy in Maribyrnong



Almost 200 Males were seriously injured cycling from the driveway onto the road (DCA 147) 

during the period  January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013  according to VicRoads CrashStats. 

There were 253 serious injuries caused by the cyclist emerging from the driveway onto the road.

199 were Male. 

84 of those seriously injured were under 15.

73 of those seriously injured under 15 were boys.




* DCA: Victoria Police Definition for Classifying an Accident


Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate 
July 10th 2014





Lessons – Too many children die because they cannot control their bikes and are not “traffic” aware:



  • Supervision is the key. Don’t let your child near the road unsupervised until you are sure they can stop safely and cross roads safely.



Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002
























"Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, 

riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road." 




Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002






2. Entering the roadway



Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road




Figure 4: Over each of the past 6 years between one and three cyclists


have been killed riding onto a road from a footpath or driveway (DCAs 147 & 148) *  (2002)


* (DCA: Victoria Police Definition for Classifying an Accident)




Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, 

riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road. 




This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle crashes.




Most (63%) of the fatalities in this group are under 15 and male. 




The crashes mostly occur on weekdays (90%) from 7am to 11am and 2pm to 7pm. 




They are mostly in metro Melbourne (52%)


and in regional centres, mainly (74%) in 60 and 70km zones.




Recommendation to parents of young cyclists



  • Do not let your child near the road unsupervised until they are road ready. 

  •  
  •  This means they can stop their bike and cross the road safely. 
  •  
  • Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key.

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          Riders need to take care when leaving the footpath to cross a road or to begin riding on the road.







Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002





   Comment by Pete Dowe




    Cycling Participation: 


'Any kind of Cycling More Often?'




Pedal Safely









Pete  Dowe
Road Safety Advocate


Mordialloc Chelsea Leader


April 6th 2009



http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/cycling-ride2school-deaths-fatalities_23.html