Monday, November 9, 2009

Beach Road Cycling Bicycle Victoria's No Stopping Zones Advocacy 'breathtakingly selfish'

I agree with Michael Howse (Opinion Mordialloc Chelsea Leader 9/11/09) that Bicycle Victoria’s advocacy regarding No Stopping Zones on Beach Road is “breathtakingly selfish.”

The No Stopping Zones proposal originated with Beach Road Cyclists spokesman, Marcel Lema who submitted in 2003 that Bayside Council had a “duty of care” to establish a safe cycling environment.. Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) Jan. 2009

Mr Lema also told Stateline “Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road (today) have a very low set of skills” 1/9/2006

Remarkably Mr Lema’s recommendations (to Bayside Council in 2003) “did not suggest that any modifications could be made to individual or collective bunch riding behaviour nor did they address the responsibilities of bunch riders with regard to their interaction with other road users.” MUARC Jan. 2009

“…Lema argued to Bayside Council (2003) that any restrictions in (bunch) size should result in the acknowledgement that a bunch ride is a single vehicle and it should then be afforded the same rights on the road as a truck.” MUARC Jan. 2009

Mr Lema wants heavy vehicles i.e. trucks removed from Beach Road.

The most straight-forward, cost-effective, cycling safety solution is Single File.

Perhaps bunch cycling should be removed?

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate
('Thanks a bunch' Pete Dowe, Opinion, Mordialloc Chelsea Leader 23/11/09)

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