Cycling is about "Safe exercise" and "Safe low-emission travel" The Health and Fitness objective is UNDERMINED if the means of exercise is UNSAFE! This blog STRONGLY OPPOSES certain reforms VicRoads is currently considering: “cyclists could be allowed to treat red lights as Give Way signs. And the same could also APPLY at pedestrian lights."
Also "PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;" "allowing teenagers to ride on footpaths"(Herald Sun)PDowe
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Bike Fall Helmet-less Teenage Boy Nearly Killed. Bike Helmets Vital “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
80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes
that do not involve
"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle
alone or single vehicle crashes.
These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations."
Bicycle Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)
on the parade
THIS heart-warming story of medical teamwork and ingenious improvisation
("Country GP tells how he saved boy with home drill", The Age 20/5)
has lost sight of the fact that Nicholas Rossi could've died because of an
easily foreseeable, preventable head injury.
In Victoria, 80 per cent of cyclist hospitalisations are caused by
cyclists falling off their bike in accidents similar to Nicholas's. The major
cause of death to cyclists is head injury.
The legal requirement in Victoria for an approved safety helmet to be
worn and securely fitted was not observed in this case, with almost fatal
It is a myth that all cycling fatalities and serious injuries are caused
by motorist wrongdoing.
Killjoy as I may seem, if Nicholas Rossi was 14 I would advocate that he
be fined. Better I rain on the parade and kill your spirits than stand back and
watch people die in easily preventable ways.