Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cyclists' Identification, Cycling Legitimacy 'Cyclists need to be accountable' Herald Sun Nov. 3rd 2011 Cycling Safety Anti-Social Vigilantism Rule of Law Due Process Equal Application of the Law Rule of Law IS One Size Fits All Respect of One Person for Another “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 Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002).



“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


Cyclists need to be accountable

Christine Morris, (Teach Drivers about Cyclists, Herald Sun Letters 29/10) how can you “teach people” to “view cyclists as legitimate road users”
while question marks hang over the legitimacy of cycling for many in the community. 


They either will, like yourself, see cyclists as legitimate road users, or they will resent cyclists for being unidentifiable road users, with the road rules difficult to enforce, and rarely applied. 


Both Bicycle Victoria and CycleSport Victoria have stated that you can’t expect equality if you are not subject to the law. 


Bicycle Victoria has also stated that their Review of Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured. 

The Sentencing Advisory Council informs that people fear detection more than conviction. Being identifiable, is a disincentive to recklessness and injury, law enforcement capability is therefore a cycling safety measure. 


Surely the cycling community must come to see that being accountable is worth ‘the hassle’. 


A requirement to carry reliable photo id and have ones bike engraved would give cyclists undisputed legitimacy, equality, respect, and most likely community support for increased infrastructure funding, all for a cost-free registration scheme with little, and existing administration.

Furthermore, vigilante acts, ‘taking the law into one’s own hands’ (what a misnomer!) universally occur when the law (the road rules) is not being enforced.

Yet the enforcement of the road rules for cyclists is touted by the cycling community as unfairly ‘punishing cyclists’

This is nonsense. Vigilante acts punish cyclists! Not law enforcement.

Vigilante acts such as: placing tacks on Beach Road, motorists driving at bunch cyclists, cyclists being kicked, punched or otherwise struck by a bottle or rock, definitely punish cyclists, unfairly.

A traffic infringement penalty is not punishment, it is a an appropriate, just, ‘gentle’ penalty for a traffic infringement, and a cycling safety measure. 


Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate


Herald Sun
Nov 3rd 2011




http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/lest-we-forget-these-brave-men/story-fn6bn88w-1226183965699

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/cyclists-id-not-just-for-fun-age-feb.html

http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/show-us-what-makes-a-leader-20120208-1repi.html#ixzz1lnWUFbjP

http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/fitness/blogs/on-your-bike/why-cyclists-should-never-pay-rego-20120614-20bk6.html

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