Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cycling Share the Road Duty of Care Cooperation being predictable by being law-abiding Community Safety




“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
if you want to be treated equally”


Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

(Road law-breakers risk going to jail)
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009



http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/


“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”


Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria


(Road law-breakers risk going to jail)
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009


http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/




“Sharing the Road means obeying the Road Rules, being predictable 

and respecting the rights of others who use the road.” 



Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists


http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/B1D45369-FBD7-4F58-A2DC-85AEF7801162/0/CodeOfConductForTrainingCyclists.pdf




Sharing the Road


being predictable by being law-abiding



Share the Road
has become a meaning-less slogan

without informing people how to share the road, how to cooperate.

Share the Road (STR) campaign by the Amy Gillett Foundation has simply highlighted the slogan “Share the Road”.

There is also the implication in the Share the Road slogan that motorists aren’t sharing,
that every other road user is wrong except cyclists.

Cyclists who want motorists to share the road have got to do the same themselves.

It really annoys us to see cyclists breaking the law as they are endangering themselves and others but also giving cyclists a bad name...”

Bicycle Victoria as previously stated on its website

The Amy Gillett Foundation also states “It’s not about blame”
and “We’ve got to get along”
a metre matters 

To reiterate these statements are meaningless without informing people how to share the road,
how to cooperate.

It's not about blame,

It's about responsibility!

“Sharing the Road means obeying the Road Rules, being predictable 

and respecting the rights of others who use the road.” Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/B1D45369-FBD7-4F58-A2DC-85AEF7801162/0/CodeOfConductForTrainingCyclists.pdf

The opposite of Share the Road

Indeed the sense of entitlement for a cyclist to break the law comes from the assumption
that a law breaking cyclist does no harm,

as well as from lack of law enforcement,
and the assumption that the road rules are unimportant,

otherwise they would be enforced if they were important laws.

The fact is law-breaking cyclists mainly hurt themselves. 


            "Our review of cycling deaths shows 

that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured". 

Bicycle Victoria (2002)

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

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