Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cycling Hell for St Kilda Footpath Pedestrians Cycling on the Footpath Port Phillip Leader Rule of Law Due Process Equal Application of the Law Rule of Law IS One Size Fits All Respect of One Person for Another

Footpath Creep Cyclists!

Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) 

found that the second highest cause of fatality and serious injury among cylists was that almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16 per cent) 

involved a cyclist, usually young (under 15) riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road.

This type of crash also accounts for 18.2 per cent of all cycle crashes. 

Yet how often do we see school kids (or adults) do this?

“Cyclists who break the law are doing themselves and other cyclists no favours with their behaviour.” 

Bicycle Victoria as previously stated on its website

Hell for St Kilda pedestrians

BIKE riders who travel too fast on the footpath are making life hell for a St Kilda resident, who is worried he will be knocked over as he steps outside.
Sasha Goldsmith said he had seen many cyclists riding on the footpath, not the road, entering and leaving Cafe Racer on Marine Pde.
“Weekends are worse when they travel fast, about 20-30km/h, and if you are hit by a bike travelling that fast they can do a fair bit of damage,” Mr Goldsmith said.
“This pavement is well used by pedestrians most days.”
In a letter to Mr Goldsmith, Port Phillip Mayor Frank O’Connor said it was illegal to ride on a footpath unless the bike rider was under 12 years of age.
But he said it was not something the council could police.
Mr Goldsmith asked for signs to say “riders dismount” but the council has rejected this idea.
“In our experience, signage or stencils would be ignored as some cyclists already know they are breaking the law,” Cr O’Connor said.
Only police could enforce the local laws on road safety.
“They are in the best position to address the illegal activity and try to change the behaviour of the cyclists,” Cr O’Connor said.
Mr Goldsmith said a police delegation had visited the problem area and observed the trouble it caused for pedestrians.
“But so far no one has been booked for breaking the law,” he said.
Port Phillip district Insp Lisa Hardeman said police were actively monitoring the area.
“We are aware it is a problem and it is part of our tasking for both the patrol and uniform,” Insp Hardeman said.
Comment by Pete Dowe posted 10 August 2010

I had coffee outside Cafe Racer yesterday (Monday, August 10th). 

It was quiet, and while I did not witness a Cafe patron cycle up along the footpath (lycra clad or otherwise) I did witness an Adult male cyclist travelling at around 20kmh illegally ride past the Cafe on the footpath without warning. 

At the time I thought a) that a cafe patron or waiter/waitress exiting Cafe Racer could have been in jeopardy and b) the same would've applied to me had I left the outside table at that moment. 

Pedestrians are entitled to feel safe on the footpath. Walking is also environmentally sound, healthy exercise which ought to be safe from collisions, or fear for safety from rogue cycling. 

One should not have to be glancing over one’s shoulder. 

Walkers should be able to relax. 

The term ‘vulnerable road users’ is a misnomer. 

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users and currently every place they walk they are vulnerable to rogue cyclists

Pete Dowe

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