Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cycling Legitimacy Cyclists' Identification 'Not just for fun' The Age Feb 9th 2012 “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



Not just for fun
The Age Feb. 9th 2012

SOME argue any cost that may be associated with identifying cyclists and their bicycles is: a disincentive to cycling; a tax on transport; and an administrative nightmare. Yet cycling promotion/charity rides, such as ''Around the Bay in a Day'', require registration/identification of cyclists, and payment of an entrance fee. Around the Bay in a Day

Pete Dowe,
Road Safety Advocate

Cycling Australia Fee for Bike Rego Scheme

"With the generous support of Bupa Around the Bay riders The Smith Family aims to raise $1.2M to help provide disadvantaged kids the educational, mentoring and financial support they need to create better futures for themselves.

Registration fees go to Bicycle Network Victoria to run the event and get More People Cycling More Often. The Smith Family will only receive donations if riders take on the challenge to get friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their ride so please ride for a reason to help disadvantaged Aussie kids." Bicycle Victoria
Around the Bay in a Day 2011 http://www.bv.com.au/general/great-rides/92737/

http://www.bv.com.au/media/vanilla/file/ATB%202011/DTag-Bike-Directions.pdf

http://www.bv.com.au/general/great-rides/92853/

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

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/beachroadcyclingnostoppingzones-you.html

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

http://www.facebook.com/roaduserorabuser

http://www.msmelbournecycle.org.au/

2 comments:

  1. In case you hadn't noticed, Mr. Dowe, Around The Bay In A Day runs for 1 out of the 365/366 days per year, and less than 20,000 cyclists are involved. The total number of cyclists in Melbourne is far more than that. This is exactly why (in your own words) compulsory registration of cyclists is 'disincentive to cycling; a tax on transport; and an administrative nightmare'.

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  2. Victor, you put up the same unsubstantiated assertions for the sole purpose to filibuster with inaction any proposal to identify cyclists. What tax on transport? Who says a requirement to carry reliable photo id and to have one’s bike engraved would cost anything? In any case you were happy to pay for Around the Bay in a Day. What administrative nightmare? Be specific? Are you an Administrator? Why do Administrative solutions concern you? Why identify approximately 20,000 cyclists for just one day, and pay to do so, as is the case with Around the Bay in Day, when you can identify millions forever cost free. Around the Bay in a Day is not the only so-called Charity Ride where cyclists pay to register, but the entrance fee does not go to the charity. Disincentive to cycling? How? Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) found that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured. ‘Any kind of cycling more often’ is the self-defeating disincentive. To compulsorily identify cyclists for the purposes of law enforcement is a cycling safety/ road safety necessity. Yet Bicycle Victoria touts the indefensible contradiction that while the Road Rules for cyclists are important, all cyclists must obey them and are safer when they do so, the Road Rules however are not deemed important enough to enforce, nor apparently should they be enforced. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Would compulsory identification of cyclists be a disincentive to inexperience, carelessness, recklessness, illegitimate and illegal cyclists’ road usage, which reflects upon the legitimacy of the whole cycling community? Absolutely!
    Pete Dowe
    Road Safety Advocate

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