Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cyclists Identification Cycling Legitimacy Bicycle Victoria says Pedestrians must carry identification

Bicycle Victoria's erroneous advocacy

Another of the erroneous 'reasons' the vested interest/ lobby Bicycle Victoria
gives for refusing its members nor their bicycle vehicles, to be identifiable
for law enforcement capability is that pedestrians are not required
to carry reliable photo identification when they leave home.

This may be news to the 'stakeholders' at BV, but pedestrians are not vehicles nor vehicle users.

Any kind of cycling anywhere
more often?

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Around the Bay in a Day Ride by the Rules

#cyclists need to be accountable#


  1. To paraphrase you, Mr. Dowe: this may be news to you, but cyclists don't use 1-tonne vehicles with extremely high killing power, therefore the need for identification is just not there. Additionally, the costs of administering an identification/registration scheme would far outweigh the *perceived* benefits.

  2. Victor, Cyclists can and have killed pedestrians, but on the most part cyclists kill themselves. 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. To compulsorily identify cyclists for the purposes of law enforcement is a cycling safety/ road safety necessity. The costs of not identifying cyclists can be read annually in the serious injury and fatality statistics. What do you think are the financial costs of administering compulsory identification of cyclists, Victor? You seem to be repeating another of many unsubstantiated assertions designed and disseminated by Bicycle Victoria as part of their disinformation campaign to prop up the status quo with a filibuster of inaction. Be specific? Costs of Administration to whom? 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. 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. Are you an Administrator, Victor? Why do Administrative solutions concern you? Maybe to you, Victor, benefits such as cycling safety, cycling legitimacy, reducing vigilante acts of resentment toward cyclists, and rogue cycling behaviour no longer reflecting upon the whole cycling community are just perceived benefits, but to the wider community these benefits are vital. I urge you to think for yourself, Victor. There is no good reason to accept unquestioningly the assertions placed on the Bicycle Victoria website and even less reason to parrot them.
    Pete Dowe
    Road Safety Advocate