Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cyclists' Identification gives cycling legitimacy, equality, respect “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



“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
if you want to be treated equally”
Klaus Mueller, (former) President, CycleSport Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009

“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”
Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009

“I do have enforcement concerns in relation to identifying offending cyclists”
Pete Dowe, Road Safety Advocate

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009

I agree with Julie Ettery (Register the bike riders, Hreald Sun, January 21st) that number plates are not necessary for cyclist identification.

Yet the status quo pleases no one.

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

The Media Release issued by Bicycle Victoria, CycleSport Victoria, Amy Gillett Foundation and Triathlon Victoria re elderly Mentone pedestrian James Gould’s Death, who was fatally struck by a cyclist on a pedestrian crossing in 2006 stated “We strongly support the Police in their enforcement of traffic regulations on all road users including cyclists.” Media Release re James Gould's Death

Yet the Victoria Police submission to Coroner Johnstone’s Inquest into the Death of James Gould noted that “enforcement measures (of cyclists) largely failed due to ... lack of identification, both personal and vehicular, and non cooperation” “The cyclists do not carry identification…There is no requirement for registration of bicycles, which would provide a means of identification”

A range of reliable photo ID exists which most people already have one of: Driver’s Licence, Learner’s Permit, Passport, Proof of Age, Keypass, and bicycles are currently engraved by Police free of charge under the stolen bike scheme.

This law enforcement capability option is cost free, and has little, and existing administration.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Joint Bike Lobby Press Release re James Gould's Death
http://www.amygillett.org.au/documents/Cycling%20Org_Ltr%20to%20Editor.pdf

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