Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cycling Law Enforcement is a Cycling Safety measure

I agree with Marcus Fielding 
(Pay share, cyclists Letters Herald Sun Oct 24th

that cyclists should “be identified” and that “police should fine cyclists who do not follow...road rules.”

Law enforcement is a cycling safety measure.

Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002 found that "…cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured".

"In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the action that precipitated the fatal crash.” 

Deaths of cyclists due to road crashes, Australian Transport Safety Bureau 2006

Also “Sharing the Road means obeying the Road Rules, being predictable and respecting the rights of others who use the road.”

A range of reliable photo ID exists which most people already have one of: 

Driver’s Licence, Learner’s Permit, Passport, 

Proof of Age Card,


Student ID

and bikes are currently engraved by Police free of charge

under the stolen bike scheme.

This law enforcement capability option is (effectively) cost free, and has little, and existing administration.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

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