“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).
“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.
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.
Road Safety Advocate
Nov 3rd 2011