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
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Cycling Footpath Injuries
BICYCLE VICTORIA’S website states that “the Ride2School
program is a behaviour change program which aims to increase the number of
students walking and riding to school”
Bicycle Victoria claims (based on a Danish mortality study)
“The health benefits of cycling such as a more active
lifestyle and better fitness far outweigh the risks of death or injury from
is especially true for responsible cyclists obeying the road rules...”
Especially? So irresponsible law-breaking cyclists are
Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria
(2002) 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.
This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle
Yet how often do we see school kids (or adults) do this?
Is bike education penetrating? And are “behaviour change” cycling
programs such as Ride2School and Ride2Work really about generational change
and/ or behaviour modification?
Bicycle Victoria’s stated purpose is simply to get “more
people cycling more often”