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
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Cycling. Shared Paths Pedestrian Severely Injured by Cyclist Cycling and Walking Community Safety Manningham Leader
"Pedestrians are part of the environment too.
Cycling must be people-friendly"
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"
Bicycle paths and 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.
Aurora Ricciotti suffered terrible injuries after being struck by a cyclist. PICTURE: MARTIN REDDY
A DONCASTER pensioner who suffered horrific injuries after a collision with a cyclist has called for shared bike and pedestrian paths to be scrapped.
Aurora Ricciotti was struck from behind by a cyclist while walking on a shared pathway in Boronia Grove Reserve.
The impact was so severe that the 68-year-old was flung into the air and landed on her skull. Other park users stopped to help Ms Ricciotti and the cyclist, who is also believed to have sustained injuries.
Suffering a fractured vertebrae, and breaks to her wrist, nose, jaw and teeth, Ms Ricciotti underwent intensive facial reconstructive surgery and was in hospital for two weeks.
“The bicycle hit so hard it is a miracle I am still alive,” Ms Ricciotti said.
She is now urging the community to get behind a campaign to improve pedestrian safety on shared paths.
“There is a real risk there. They are bigger, faster and stronger than pedestrians,” she said. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
Ms Ricciotti wants the council to conduct a full safety audit of shared paths.
Manningham Council chief executive Lydia Wilson said the council received reports of inappropriate behaviour on shared paths.
“In general the majority of path users are respectful and courteous,” she said.
Ms Wilson said it was also the responsibility of pedestrians to help keep paths safe.
The Pedestrian Council is backing the call for shared paths to be banned.
The group’s chairman, Harold Scruby, said the paths put all pedestrians, especially the elderly, at risk. “The current conditions are outrageous,” he said.
“There are no speed limits and bike riders are not required to be licensed, so it is difficult to enforce penalties.”