Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shared-Path Cyclists 40kmh plus Frighten Pedestrians Boroondara Rule of Law Due Process Equal Application of the Law Rule of Law IS One Size Fits All Respect of One Person for Another “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

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Bicycle paths & shared paths

Rule: A bike rider must give way* to pedestrians when using a shared path 

and slow down when passing pedestrians and other bike riders. 

Tip: Use your bell or your voice to warn others as you are passing them.

give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision

Former Roads Minister Tim Pallas told the Victorian Parliament 

"while the risk of a serious injury or fatality is low...

the consequences of a collision involving a cyclist (and pedestrian)

may be severe"

“cyclists who were travelling faster than 30km/h five times more likely to receive a head injury than slower riders.

"Speeding cyclists may not disturb a nesting bird, but they can frighten a pedestrian." 

"the speed of commuting cyclists - 40 km/h or more - was a strong point for the objectors."

"This is a problem everywhere..." 

"The cyclists and their lobbyists at the meeting conceded that 

something needed to be done to control the cowboys."

The Age

June 18th 2008

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

Pete Dowe

Park or bicycle track? 
Environmentalists go into battle

June 10, 2008
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John Hirst
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TRAMS are the old wonder of Melbourne; the bike tracks are the new. 

Not the tracks that are painted on bitumen roads, but the bike tracks proper that follow the rivers and the creeks, old railways and new, and provide an alternative network to roads so that bikes can traverse the city in their own realm.

The glaring gap in the bike network is that the trail that follows the Darebin Creek through Preston and Alphington does not reach the main Yarra Trail in Kew. 

It has approval now to reach the river, but then across the river it hits a small park with a billabong nearby.
The billabong is a rare survivor and home to waterbirds and other wildlife. There is a proper concern to ensure that a new and busy bike path does not damage it or its inhabitants. 

The locals' concern is that they will lose the quietness of their tucked away park.
These two concerns have led to a delay of 12 years in getting this small piece of track approved.

Now Parks Victoria has developed a detailed plan 

to build a bridge over the river and a path through the park that will leave separate tracks for those who 

want to wander in the park and along the river and which will protect the billabong. 

The plan has gone to Boroondara Council for approval.

The objectors are still vocal, although they suffered a set-back when the latest report from the 

environmental expert declared that dogs, whether off or on a lead, can be more disturbing to birds in 

the billabong than a cyclist passing by quickly.
Speeding cyclists may not disturb a nesting bird, but they can frighten a pedestrian.

At the Boroondara Council meeting, where objectors and supporters had their say, the speed of 

commuting cyclists - 40 km/h or more - was a strong point for the objectors. 

This is a problem everywhere 

and shouldn't be allowed to damage the case for this short section of track. 

The cyclists and their lobbyists at the meeting conceded that something needed to be done to 

control the cowboys.
The official planning to reduce any damage that the track and the riders may cause extends to the 

minutest detail. 

Should the building of a bridge for cyclists and walkers have to argue its case because one tree will be 

removed to make room for it?
The concern for the environment is being used against the 

environmentally friendly bike

A track for bikes has not so far overcome the hurdles set for it in 12 years. 

Meanwhile, great swathes of country have disappeared under asphalt to make freeways for cars. 

The Eastern Freeway, which runs beside the billabong, has been extended from Doncaster to Nunawading, and now to Ringwood and soon to Frankston. 

Ten lanes of road run for 40 kilometres while a three-metre-wide track for bikes running for 300 metres has yet to be built.
The Boroondara Council has a large responsibility. 

Its normal business would be to protect its ratepayers and its local environment. 

But that course clashes with the wider interest of completing Melbourne's bike network. 

At the open council meeting, there was a lot of goodwill between the two sides.
The local residents see the advantage of the bikes and some ride them themselves; the bikers were respectful of the locals' fears. 

The councillors listened for three hours to all who wanted to speak. The session was a credit to local democracy. 

Councillor Phillip Healey, the former mayor and opponent of the track, seemed to have sense on his side in urging that the two sides should be able to find a solution.
Surely there is another way to link the two trails away from the billabong and the park?
Council staff have examined the alternatives, all of which have serious flaws. 

There is only one route that can link the two trails without putting bikes onto roads - and that can be built without further delays.
The council makes its decision next week. 

A lot of people will be watching, including the State Government, which is committed to closing this gap in the bike network.
John Hirst's latest book is Freedom on the Fatal Shore. He is a member of Bicycle Victoria.

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