Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cycle Deaths. Fatal Cycling on the Footpath and Crossing Australian Transport Safety Bureau ATSB Cycling Deaths Fatalities


“Our review of cycling deaths shows that 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 doing themselves and other cyclists no favours 

with their behaviour.” 

Bicycle Victoria as previously stated on its website



"It's not about blame. 

It's about responsibility." 

Pete Dowe


"In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the
action that precipitated the fatal crash.

This was particularly the case in crashes at intersections where the cyclist was either riding through the intersection on the road or moving from the footway onto the intersection. 

Cyclists were also found to be primarily responsible in other crashes where the cyclist moved from the footway to the road." 

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 2006

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/2006/pdf/death_cyclists_road.pdf


Riding on footpaths

Rule: The only bike riders who can ride on a footpath are children under the age of 12, adults accompanying children under 12 years, Australia Post workers, and those with a relevant medical certificate.



Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) also found 
that the second highest cause of fatality and serious injury amongst cyclists was that 

almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) 
involved a cyclist usually young, riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road. 
https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla/file/2002_Deaths_report.pdf

This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle crashes.
Yet how often do we see school kids (or adults) do this?

One observes that when cyclists ride on the footpath (illegal if over 12 years of age) they often exit the footpath dangerously, down a driveway, or straight off the kerb,

onto the road unexpectedly into the path of a motorist, onto the wrong side of the road, onto a crossing, or running red lights by going onto a footpath then onto the road again.

One road rule breach often leads to another in sequence. i.e illegally on the footpath, onto the road unexpectedly into the path of a motorist, onto a crossing, onto the wrong side of the road, helmet-less as well.

A motorist can hardly expect a cyclist to cut off the footpath into the motor vehicle’s path, nor ride onto a crossing as the motorist is doing a left or right turn at the intersection

I believe the rule of thumb for cyclists, and all road users, is to be predictable by being law-abiding, ride where other road users expect you to be, where you have a right to be.


Pete Dowe 
Road Safety Advocate



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