Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cycling Identification and Law Enforcement Around the Bay in a Day Reliable Photo Identification Law Enforcement Capability Law Enforcement is a Cycling Safety Measure "Cyclists who beak the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured" Bicycle Network Victoria Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Cycling Deaths Fatalities Risk Reduction Informed Choice Victoria's Cycling Strategy Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent



“Cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured”

Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002).











In fact Bicycle Network Victoria has blamed the unsafe cycling behaviour problem on the increase in cycling participation and inadequate cycling infrastructure.
"The fact so many new riders were taking to the roads meant there were a big group of "newbie" cyclists who had yet to learn the best way to conduct themselves on the roads,”
"the fact infrastructure in Melbourne had not kept up with the huge increase in cycling numbers was a factor in tensions between cyclists and motorists."
Gary Brennan
Bicycle Network Victoria
Herald Sun February 13, 2013
Why then ought the “Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources seek to “make it easier for people to take up riding” or focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” without first addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification, without providing citizens with an informed choice as to the risks involved in cycling and risk reduction behaviour and without providing adequate cycling infrastructure?
I argue that the Victorian Government
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources policy of “making it easier for people to take up riding” or its focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” without first addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification and inadequate cycling infrastructure
“may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”
Cycling behaviour modification is best addressed off road before people take up cycling.
If cycling is to be a serious form of transport and I argue cycling should be a serious form of transport then the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Victorian Cycling Community and Victoria’s Cycling Strategy must take Cyclists’ responsibilities seriously.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate



for the sole purpose to filibuster with inaction any proposal to identify cyclists. 

What tax on transport? 

Cycling Australia has its own Fee for Bike Rego Scheme





Who says a requirement to carry reliable photo id and to have one’s bike engraved would cost anything?

In any case you were happy to pay for Around the Bay in a Day. 

What administrative nightmare? 

Be specific.

Are you an Administrator? 

Why do Administrative solutions concern you? 

Why identify approximately 20,000 cyclists for just one day, and pay to do so, 

as is the case with Around the Bay in Day, 

when you can identify millions forever cost free?

Around the Bay in a Day is not the only so-called Charity Ride 

where cyclists pay to register, 

but the entrance fee does not go to the charity. 

Disincentive to cycling? How? 

Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)

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

‘Any kind of cycling more often’ is the self-defeating disincentive. 

To compulsorily identify cyclists for the purposes of law enforcement 

is a cycling safety/ road safety necessity. 

Yet Bicycle Victoria touts the indefensible contradiction 

that while the Road Rules for cyclists are important, 

all cyclists must obey them 

and are safer when they do so, 

the Road Rules however 

are not deemed important enough to enforce, 

nor apparently should they be enforced. 

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. 

Would compulsory identification of cyclists be a disincentive 

to inexperience, carelessness, recklessness, 

illegitimate and illegal cyclists’ road usage, 

which reflects upon the legitimacy of the whole cycling community? 

Absolutely!

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