is centred on participation.
Bicycle Victoria takes a cavalier, sloganistic approach to risk of death and serious injury
by claiming that the reputed health benefits of
any kind of cycling more often
far outweigh the risks of death and serious injury.
This is just plain untrue.
If cyclists do not engage in risk reduction,
do not take a legally required duty of care/ responsibility for their own safety,
they are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.
Therefore the promotion of cycling by Bicycle Victoria and the Cycling Promotion Fund
would certainly appear to have Public Liability issues.
Indeed to lower the standard for road usage
to simply one of participation or "on yer bike"
is to promote cycling in such a way that cyclists are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.
It is time we, as a society, realised
that the kind of cycling behaviour,
the kind of cycling culture that we foster
is much more important than the participation rate.
It is important that Parents and cyclists be able to make
an informed choice before taking up cycling
as well as responsible choices in their road usage.
It is also worth noting the prevalence of bike fall hospitalisations.
Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) states:
- Around 80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes that do not involve motor vehicles.
- All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes.
- These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations. (The police data include DCA 174 ‘out of control on carriageway’.
- Police would not be called to a similar crash on a bike path.)
Road Safety Advocate
March 21st 2013
which aims to increase the number of students walking and riding to school”
was that almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist usually young, riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road.