Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hit and Run Cyclist Tram Stop Creep Negligence 62-year-old Male Pedestrian Seriously Injured Female hit-run cyclist left Pedestrian in intensive care after crashing into him at a Tram Stop in the Melbourne CBD Herald Sun Making it easier to Ride through Tram Stops Cycling Safety Cycling Safely “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” Pete Dowe Cycling Deaths Fatalities Risk Reduction Informed Choice Victoria's Cycling Strategy Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent“ Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria


This blog strongly opposes suggested reforms 


VicRoads is currently considering:


"under one suggested reform,

"PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;"

Herald Sun 12.9.14






A Female hit-run cyclist who left a 62-year-old Male pedestrian in intensive care 
after crashing into him at a Tram Stop in the Melbourne CBD 




Swanston Street tram super stop in Melbourne


Melbourne CBD
Photo ABC TV News

A Female hit-run cyclist who left a 62-year-old Male pedestrian in intensive care 

after crashing into him in the Melbourne CBD 

Tram Stop Female Cyclist Creep Strikes & Kills Elderly Woman

Trams

Road Rule: A bike rider must stop before passing the rear
of a stopped tram at a tram stop. 

Once the tram doors are closed and pedestrians 
have crossed between the tram and kerb, 
the rider may then proceed to pass the tram.

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferRiders/BikeRiders/RoadRulesAndFines.htm


"People i.e. pedestrians are part of the environment too. 
Cycling must be people-friendly" 

Pete Dowe


CBD cyclist comes forward

A FEMALE cyclist has handed herself into police over an alleged hit-run that landed a pedestrian in intensive care.
The Thornbury woman, 24, came forward to Northcote police station this morning and will speak with officers later today.
No charges have been laid.
Victoria's worst cyclists would be jailed under planned changes to toughen laws against rogue riders.
The State Government is considering drafting legislation for dangerous riders that would see them face similar penalties to motorists who kill and maim.
Roads Minister Tim Pallas today confirmed the Government was considering moves to treat dangerous cyclists like culpable drivers.
Asked whether this would mean jailing cyclists, he replied: "If the actions of a cyclist were comparable to the actions of a driver, then yes".
Herald Sun Digital Pass
His comments follow pleas for a hit-run cyclist who left a 62-year-old pedestrian in intensive care after crashing into him in the CBD yesterday to come forward.
Thornbury man Don McFadyen suffered multiple fractures, including a dislocated hip, when he was struck after getting off a tram in Swanston St near Bourke St about 5.15pm.
A witness today has suggested Mr McFadyen, who is in a serious condition in Royal Melbourne Hospital, walked around the front of the tram rather than on to the footpath on his left.
Mr Pallas refused to comment specifically on yesterday's case.
But he said cyclists should be held accountable and be heavily punished for serious offences.
However, he ruled out mass registration of bike riders.
The Government is considering cycling law changes over the coming year.
In yesterday's hit-run, the cyclist fell after the collision and was helped by a passer-by before he rode off.
Police are urging the cyclist, a man believed to be in his early 20s, who was on a blue metallic mountain bike, to contact them.

Mr McFadyen's wife Jenny also appealed to the cyclist to come forward.

"They didn't stop, which is amazing," she told 3AW radio. "They've got to have a conscience surely."
Debate over lenient treatment of cyclists raged after a rider on Melbourne's notorious Beach Rd Hell Ride who ran a red light and killed an elderly pedestrian was fined just $400.
Mr Pallas also said there were no plans to add new bike lanes to major roads around the inner city.

“If we go back historically I don’t believe St Kilda Rd - which carries essentially somewhere in the vicinity of 2,000 cyclists, but two million per annum tram users, and is the sixth most congested piece of the arterial road network - is the right place for bike priority.”

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