Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cycling Ride2School Deaths Fatalities Riding off Footpath, Driveway onto Road Bicycle Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002


Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002

"Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, 

riding off a footpath (DCA 147) or driveway (DCA 148) onto the road." 

https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla/file/2002_Deaths_report.pdf


2 Entering the roadway

Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road

Figure 4: Over each of the past 6 years between one and three cyclists have been 

killed riding onto a road from a footpath or driveway (DCAs 147 &148) (2002)

Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, 

riding off a footpath (DCA 147) or driveway (DCA 148) onto the road. 

This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle crashes.

Most (63%) of the fatalities in this group are under 15 and male. 

The crashes mostly occur on weekdays (90%) from 7am to 11am and 2pm to 7pm

They are mostly in metro Melbourne (52%)

and in regional centres, mainly (74%) in 60 and 70km zones.

Recommendation to parents of young cyclists

  • Do not let your child near the road unsupervised until they are road ready. 

  •  This means they can stop their bike and cross the road safely. 

  • Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key.
·         Riders need to take care when leaving the footpath to cross a road or to begin riding on the road.

Suggestions to Motorists

  • Motorists need to watch out for young riders entering the roadway or crossing the road. This is especially true on rural roads passing residential properties.
  • Adjust your speed around residential properties

Recommendations to Government

  • Off road paths need clear crossing points with all roads. This crash type illustrates one of the main problems with footpath riding - cyclists still have to cross a road at every intersection, including each driveway.
  • Implement a safe routes to schools program to provide safe off-road paths to schools with clear crossing points at roads
  • Expand the 50kph speed zones to cover all residential areas. Consider 40kph speed limits for local streets.
  • Include alerts to this danger in their public education information.

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