Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bicycle Victoria Around the Bay in a Day BeachRoad 'Any Kind of Cycling More Often?' Ride by the Rules, Pete Dowe, RoadSafetyAdvocate The Age 17/10/08 “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” Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Cycling Deaths Fatalities Risk Reduction Informed Choice Victoria's Cycling Strategy Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent Reliable Photo Identification “Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria



“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).









In fact Bicycle Network Victoria has blamed the unsafe cycling behaviour problem on the increase in cycling participation and inadequate cycling infrastructure.
"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,”
"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."
Gary Brennan
Bicycle Network Victoria
Herald Sun February 13, 2013
Why then ought the “Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources seek to “make it easier for people to take up riding” or focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” without first addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification, without providing citizens with an informed choice as to the risks involved in cycling and risk reduction behaviour and without providing adequate cycling infrastructure?
I argue that the Victorian Government
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources policy of “making it easier for people to take up riding” or its focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” without first addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification and inadequate cycling infrastructure
“may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”
Cycling behaviour modification is best addressed off road before people take up cycling.
If cycling is to be a serious form of transport and I argue cycling should be a serious form of transport then the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Victorian Cycling Community and Victoria’s Cycling Strategy must take Cyclists’ responsibilities seriously.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate



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Ride by the rules

I AM disappointed by the lowest common denominator raison d'etre of Bicycle Victoria, "getting more people cycling more often" (Harry Barber, Letters, 16/10). "Getting more people law-abiding riding, more often" would be a much more responsible purpose.

Bicycle Victoria itself has said on its website: "Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured". 

The $500,000 in charitable funds raised by Bicycle Victoria from last year's Around the Bay in a Day could have been well spent on bike education.


Pete Dowe, road safety advocate, Mentone

The Age 17/10/2008
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4 comments:

  1. http://www.melbournecyclist.com/forum/topics/atb-50k?xg_source=activity

    This is an event for everyone, and so are the roads.... for everyone who can accept the responsibility that comes with being a road user. Education starts in the road user's head, no amount of bludgening by so called "advocates" or bullying by small minds will change that...all road users must accept their responsibilities, from pedestrians to B-Triple drivers, its not the vehicle that matters its the head behind control of the vehicle or road user....

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  2. I agree with Rooman. Daily on my 56km round-trip commute, I see road users on ALL types of vehicles (motorised or other) committing minor or major infractions of the road laws. The real issue here is the people, not the vehicle, so focussing on one group's infractions and turning a blind eye to all others is a bit short-sighted.

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  3. Rooman (is that your real name?) states “Education starts in the road user’s head”
    I agree. You must be fit to ride, before you ride for health and fitness

    But Victoria Police advise in relation to traffic infringements that education does not work without enforcement.

    Yet the Cycling community believe in education alone. That rogue cyclists will somehow self-regulate.
    This has this never worked.

    Behaviour Change, ‘cycling participation’ programs (what a misnomer) such as Around the Bay in a Day and Ride2Work create inexperienced, careless and reckless rogue cycling.

    Behaviour Change actually means simply ‘changing’ from one mode of transport to another i.e. stepping out of a car straight on to a bicycle and ‘participating’ in cycling.
    Participation in cyclist road usage is not a worthwhile goal and ‘sets the bar too low’

    Behaviour modification is best addressed off-road, before people take up cycling.
    We would not have the cyclists behaviour problem on Beach Road or elsewhere in Victoria, if the emphasis on cycling promotion was on being law abiding, on having responsibilities, rather than 'participation' in road usage being the goal and the law being seen as optional.

    To reiterate, Victoria Police advise in relation to traffic infringements that education does not work without enforcement.

    Rooman also states: “the roads are for everyone who can accept the responsibility of being a road user.”

    And what about those who don’t?
    One road user group, the current Victorian Cycling community, has continually opposed law enforcement of cyclists, and law enforcement capability/ cyclists’ identification, as a disincentive to unsafe, illegitimate cycling.
    So it should be!

    Even with littering the www.litter.vic.gov.au website states: “Enforcement and education play a primary role in improving these behaviours.”
    http://www.litter.vic.gov.au/www/html/3289-behaviours.asp

    Is reckless cycling less of a problem for the community than littering?
    Is reckless cycling unworthy of law enforcement and education?

    While at the same time the current Victorian Cycling community has called for increased penalties and enforcement upon every other road user group.
    The issue is the people and the bicycle vehicle.

    Opposing law enforcement, and law enforcement capability for cyclists, brings resentment and illegitimacy upon cyclists as a whole.
    Furthermore it is a no brainer.

    “Cyclists who want motorists to share the road have got to do the same themselves.
    It really annoys us to see cyclists breaking the law as they are endangering themselves and others but also giving cyclists a bad name...”
    Bicycle Victoria as previously stated on its website

    Law enforcement is a cycling safety measure.
    The fact is law-breaking cyclists mainly hurt themselves.

    "Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured". Bicycle Victoria (2002)

    "In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the
    action that precipitated the fatal crash.” ATSB 2006

    The erroneous common assumption that all cyclist deaths and serious injury are caused by motorist wrongdoing feeds a cyclist victim mentality.

    Rather cyclists are victims of ‘cycling participation’/’behaviour change’ promotion.
    Bicycle Victoria claims (based on a Danish mortality study*) that:

    “The health benefits of cycling such as a more active lifestyle and better fitness far outweigh the risks of death or injury from crashes.” Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)

    Bicycle Victoria’s ‘behaviour change’ ‘cycling participation’ advocacy, assumes a cavalier attitude to risk of death or injury.

    I also believe this kind of “she’ll be right” cycling promotion is not only misleading but irresponsible and could have public liability issues as well.

    Pete Dowe
    Road Safety Advocate




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  4. Re Bike Rego aka Cyclists’ Identification

    and any costs that may be associated:

    Cycling Australia advertises its own Fee for Bike Rego scheme

    on its website called mybikerego.

    http://www.mybikerego.com/

    Cycling Australia obviously thinks that bike rego

    is not only important

    but that it's also important that cyclists pay for it!

    “You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
    if you want to be treated equally”

    Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

    Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009
    http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/

    “It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

    Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

    Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009
    http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/

    Pete Dowe
    Road Safety Advocate

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