Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beach Road Cycling Photo Car on wrong side concerned for Bunch cyclists' safety July 17th 2010

This photo was taken by Pete Dowe @ 07.47AM on July 17th 2010 on Beach Road, Beaumaris, Bayside, Melbourne, Australia

Video Car on wrong side concerned for Bunch cyclists' safety July 17th 2010

It shows a common occurrence of motorists giving bunch cyclists a wide (very wide!) berth out of fear for hitting a cyclist

"It's Time to Walk the Talk!" on the Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists


  1. It shows a driver breaking the law

  2. Rooman (is that your real name?) it is not only the motorist who is breaking the law.

    The cyclists are illegally more than 2 abreast and the bunch is larger than the recommended maximum of 20.

    These factors cause the motorist to break the law.

    “It is recommended that groups do not exceed 20 cyclists in total as it becomes extremely difficult for other cyclists and motorists to ‘pass the bunch’. Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists

    From my observations motorists overwhelmingly give bunch cyclists a wide berth for fear of hurting riders and being accountable for any harm caused.

    Motorists have received an undeserved ‘bum rap’ here.

    Driver frustration caused in overtaking, with a view to cyclists’ safety, extremely oversized bunches of up to 100 cyclists or more, causes motorists to go well on to the wrong side of the road.

    Motorists’ safety in giving cyclists a wide berth is not helped by cyclists in more than one lane pushing motorists over the centre line in order to give cyclists a metre clearance.

    “A metre matters” for motorists too if cyclists push them over the centre line on to the wrong side of the road into the path of oncoming traffic.

    Bicycle Victoria also campaigned for Beach Road No Stopping Zones to address driver frustration:

    “The almost continuous stream of riders is forced to flow around the parked car and into the centre travel lane, frustrating drivers.”

    Pete Dowe
    Road Safety Advocate

  3. Riding two abreast

    Rule: Bike riders must not ride alongside more than one other rider in a single marked lane or on any part of a road that is not a multi-lane road unless the bike rider is overtaking another bike rider.
    On multi-lane roads, marked lane (and regardless of whether the road is a multi-lane road or any other sort of road), bike riders in that marked lane must not ride more than 1.5 metres apart.

    Tip: When riding two abreast bike riders cannot (as stated) ride more than two abreast in any single marked lane on that road

    (unless, as stated, overtaking another bike rider) but may ride more than two abreast across multiple lanes.

    If riding in the same please consider other road users and, if necessary, change to single file to allow drivers to overtake safely.

    Road Rule 247. Riding in a bicycle lane on a road

    (1) The rider of a bicycle riding on a length of road with a bicycle lane designed for bicycles travelling in the same direction as the rider

    must ride in the bicycle lane unless it is impracticable to do so.

    Lane markings

    Rule: A bike rider must use the bicycle lane if there is a bicycle lane on a length of road in the same direction as they are riding
    (unless there are obstacles in their way, i.e. parked cars, debris etc).

    “Most rules in the Road Rules apply to bicycle riders in the same way

    as they apply to drivers—

    There are some other rules that are for bicycle riders only,

    or that have exceptions for bicycle riders.”

    Road Rules Victoria 1999

    Victorian Government Gazette

    Road Rule 126. Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles

    A driver must drive a sufficient distance behind a vehicle
    travelling in front of the driver so the driver can,

    if necessary, stop safely to avoid a collision with the vehicle.

    “The evidence establishes that there can be difficulties,

    especially for inexperienced cyclists, in stopping safely

    when traffic lights are red, when they are riding in bunches.”

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

    Road Rule 253. Bicycle riders not to cause a traffic hazard

    The rider of a bicycle (or motorist) must not cause a traffic hazard

    by moving into the path of a (cyclist) driver or pedestrian.

    Road Rule 255. Riding too close to the rear of a motor vehicle

    The rider of a bicycle must not ride within 2 metres of the rear of a moving motor vehicle

    continuously for more than 200 metres.

    Note Motor vehicle is defined in the Road Safety Act 1986.

  4. "There are certainly some operational issues in trying to stop cyclists because they are quite mobile and police are usually on foot or in a car," Supt Hartley said.

    "You can't identify the cyclist because there are no registration details on them.

    "Most offences a police officer sees wouldn't be stopped or fined because of the factors in trying to stop that cyclist."

    The Sunday Telegraph November 20, 2011