Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cycling Death Fatality Male Bike Fall Bike Path 2010 Vermont South, Whitehorse, Melbourne Whitehorse Leader June 3rd 2010 #cyclingstrategy #victoria focus on increasing/ encouraging cycling #participation may be #negligent inadequate #cyclinginfrastructure " Why then ought the Victorian Government seek to increase cycling participation without first providing adequate cycling infrastructure?" Pete Dowe



Why then ought the Victorian Government seek to increase cycling participation without first providing adequate cycling infrastructure?

Pete Dowe

                                          

"...a man died when he fell off his bike 


on the elevated wooden boardwalk,



which runs for about 1km north of Burwood Highway


until it crosses the EastLink trail."




Parks Victoria signs altered after bike death on Vermont South track

Whitehorse Cyclists president Michael Wellard has labelled a Vermont South track "treacherous". STEVE TANNER N49WH206
Whitehorse Cyclists president Michael Wellard has labelled a Vermont South track "treacherous". STEVE TANNER N49WH206
CYCLISTS have been ordered to dismount on a slippery and dangerous boardwalk that may have contributed to the death of a father of four.
Parks Victoria put up signs along the Dandenong Creek Trail in Vermont South on May 14, just 12 days after a man died when he fell off his bike on the elevated wooden boardwalk, which runs for about 1km north of Burwood Highway until it crosses the EastLink trail.
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The new signs have been sticky-taped over permanent signs that warned the track could be slippery.
Parks Victoria spokesman David Petty said the signs were put up as part of routine track maintenance after recent rain.
“We will continue to monitor the use and condition of the boardwalk and undertake works as required,” Mr Petty said.
“We await the outcome of the coroner’s report on the May 2 incident.”
Whitehorse Cyclists president Michael Wellard said action needed to be taken on the notorious stretch before the coroner made his findings.
“We can’t wait two or so years before anything is done to the track,” Mr Wellard said.
“We know that generally the wooden boardwalk tracks are treacherous.”
Mr Wellard said similar signs were generally ignored by cyclists and he doubted the practicality of carting a bike more than 1km.
He said the club was pushing for an alternate route that would link the EastLink track via a path on Burwood Highway. Runner John Harper has used the section of track for more than 15 years. “I take it very slowly along there,” Mr Harper said.
“I always thought there would be an accident, but had hoped my fears weren’t realised.”
He said surface grip had made a huge difference, but it had since worn away.

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