Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cycling and Walking VIDEO Cycling Safety Pedestrian Safety Cycling on the Footpath and Crossing much more hazardous than "Dooring" Road Rule 248 Road Rule 250 Cycling Participation Promotion Ride2School "Making it Easier to Ride from Footpath onto Road or a Crossing" Negligence Community Safety ABCTV 26.4.15






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Cyclists riding on crossing and footpath ABCTV



          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 12 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 during the same period



were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.



Road Rule 248.

No riding across a road on a crossing



The rider of a bicycle must not ride across a road, or part of a road,



on a children’s crossing, marked foot crossing or pedestrian crossing.


Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path


give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.


give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision





Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path


(1) The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath.


 (2) Subrule (1) does not apply to a rider in the circumstances specified by the

Corporation by notice published in the Government Gazette.

Note Footpath is defined in the dictionary.

Victoria Government Gazette P 2 28 October 1999 193


(3) The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must—


(a) keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable

to do so; and


(b) give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.

Note 1 Pedestrian is defined in rule 18, and shared path is defined in rule 242.

Note 2 For subrule (2), 


give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to
avoid a collision







“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).



    Riding on the footpath is hazardous,

and much more hazardous over 12 years of age.



I argue that it may be negligent for the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

to further encourage/ promote/ legalise footpath riding over the age of 11.



I argue that the “Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

“has a duty of care to ensure that reasonable action is taken to minimise the risk of harm to anyone who is reasonably likely to be affected by the department's activities.”



I argue that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

“ may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”



Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cycling and Walking Shared Paths Pedestrian Safety "CALL FOR ACTION TO PROTECT WALKERS FROM FAST CYCLISTS" Bayside Leader 21 Apr 2015 Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path Duty of Care Negligence Cycling Participation Public Liability Civil Liability Cyclists' Identification Reliable Photo ID Rule of Law Equality Community Safety



Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path


give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.


give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision





Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path


(1) The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath.


 (2) Subrule (1) does not apply to a rider in the circumstances specified by the

Corporation by notice published in the Government Gazette.

Note Footpath is defined in the dictionary.

Victoria Government Gazette P 2 28 October 1999 193


(3) The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must—


(a) keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable

to do so; and


(b) give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.

Note 1 Pedestrian is defined in rule 18, and shared path is defined in rule 242.

Note 2 For subrule (2), 


give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to
avoid a collision






“But all path users have to take responsibility for the safety and enjoyment of others,” Mr Carpenter said. 
“For bike riders, this means they always have to give way to people on foot, so they have to travel at a speed which enables them to stop quickly.” 

Bicycle Network Victoria
Bayside Leader 21 Apr 2015 

 


“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
if you want to be treated equally”
 
Klaus Mueller, (former) President, CycleSport Victoria

(Road law-breakers risk going to jail)
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009




"In fact, (Bicycle Network Victoria's) Mr Brennan

said he had clocked riders doing 40km/h on a stretch between Toorak Road and Waverley."

Bicycle Network Victoria's Gary Brennan said 

"the fact infrastructure in Melbourne had not kept up with the huge increase in cycling numbers was a factor in tensions between cyclists and motorists."

"The fact so many new riders were taking to the roads meant there were a big group of "newbie" cyclists who had yet to learn the best way to conduct themselves on the roads,


Also, some "outlier" cyclists were "doing stupid things" and creating risks by using apps to record competing times on some segments of busy commuter bike paths.


A caller who claimed to have clocked cyclists at 35km/h on some stretches of Gardiner's Creek path was probably correct, he said.
In fact, Mr Brennan said he had clocked riders doing 40km/h on a stretch between Toorak Road and Waverley.


A "small group" of riders was involved, he said, and they were likely to "come unstuck" because if they did cause a serious injury and their times on the app were seen by courts they would be at risk of charges. said Mr Brennan

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/radio-station-flooded-with-calls-about-biffo-between-cyclists-and-motorists/story-e6frf7kx-1226577272903





  • 21 Apr 2015
  • Bayside Leader
  • Jon Andrews
Push to improve path safety
CALL FOR ACTION TO PROTECT WALKERS FROM FAST CYCLISTS
WALKERS’ safety is being put at risk by riders racing along a mixed-use path in Brighton, according to the Bayside Council.
The council said the multipurpose lane, which caters for cyclists and pedestrians outside the Middle Brighton Baths, was a busy area prone to close calls between those on foot and on two wheels.
The council recently held a community meeting to discuss problems in the foreshore and pier precinct, which included options for improving path safety.
The area is popular with tourists, who could step into the path of racing riders.
Bicycle Network government and external relations general manager Chris Carpenter said it was great the lane was so well used.
“But all path users have to take responsibility for the safety and enjoyment of others,” Mr Carpenter said.
“For bike riders, this means they always have to give way to people on foot, so they have to travel at a speed which enables them to stop quickly.”
Bayside infrastructure director Steven White said a workshop held late last month had identified some course of action needed to be taken, but no final decision had been made.
“Middle Brighton Baths attracts large numbers of people and is known to be a site of conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists using, or travelling, through the precinct,” Mr White said.
“Community input is being sought to develop a plan to make the precinct a safer, more attractive place.”