Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cycling Death Fatality Male No Helmet No Lights & Drunk Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths 2002 #cyclingstrategy #victoria focus on increasing/ encouraging cycling #participation may be #negligent

Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002

Case study 1: Poor risk reduction by the cyclist

Case 1 – Doing everything wrong – riding at night with no lights or helmet and breaking the road rules.

Circumstances - Ben decided to ride his bike to the pub instead of driving the car. Not bothering with a helmet, bright clothes or lights, he had a “few beers” with his mates and jumped on the bike for the trip home. In his drunken state, riding on the footpath, he crossed a major road against the lights and was hit side on by a car. Ben died at the scene from multiple injuries. The motorist had no chance of avoiding Ben.

Lessons – Many fatal crashes are the result of a sequence of bad decisions by cyclists.

  • Obey the road rules. Ben was breaking multiple road rules when struck by the car but running a red light was the most critical.
  • Lights and bright, reflective clothing in the dark. In poor light conditions, lights and bright, reflective clothing are a must. If Ben had been more visible the motorist may have been able to avoid him.
  • Wear your helmet. A helmet is a must – though it may not have saved Ben’s life and won’t prevent a crash, a helmet will help prevent many cycle deaths or reduce the severity of head injury
  • Drugs and roads do not mix – as a vulnerable road user you need your wits about you at all times.
Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002

Senseless muggings
The Age 24/10/2012

I HAVE returned for a brief stay after living in the north of Italy. Last Saturday I crossed Princes Bridge into the city late at night and while the river and the skyline looked their best, what was happening at street level really caught my attention.

As I walked past Hamer Hall, a group of drunks rode hire bicycles down the steps, crashing them and smashing the headlights.

Next, I encountered packs of abusive drunks outside Flinders Street Station and along Swanston Street.

In the early 1980s, New York was regarded as dangerous - especially at night. Many friends had been mugged at least once. However, I realised New Yorkers were mugged for their wallets; here residents were mugged out of maliciousness. Since 9/11, New York is friendlier and more tolerant. I wonder what it will take to reverse the level of maliciousness on our streets and what its main cause is.

This overt aggression is also visible on our roads, with palpable conflict between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. This is in stark contrast to my experience in European cities. I feel it's no longer possible to tell European friends that they must visit Melbourne, ''one of the most liveable cities in the world''.

Phillip Schemnitz, Melbourne

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