Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cycling Bike Lights Police Intercept 50 Offending Cyclists in One Evening Brunswick, Moreland, Melbourne No Fines Issued Police Hand Out Bike Lights Upfield Bike Path Let there be LIGHT! Moreland Leader June 3rd 2013 Cycling Safety Road Rule 259 Bike Lights Law Daylight Saving



"...Police visited the Upfield Bike Path at Albert Street, Brunswick one evening recently...

50 sets of lights were provided to intercepted bikes riding without lights after dark. No fines were issued..."

Moreland City News/ Moreland Leader June 3rd 2013 

NSW Police traffic services head Superintendent John Hartley said police ignore most cycling offences they witness because of the difficulty in apprehending or identifying the bike rider.

"There are certainly some operational issues in trying to stop cyclists because they are quite mobile and police are usually on foot or in a car," Supt Hartley said.

"You can't identify the cyclist because there are no registration details on them.
"Most offences a police officer sees wouldn't be stopped or fined because of the factors in trying to stop that cyclist."

Please note re the Bike Lights Law 

Road Rule 259 applies to reduced visibility not just dark

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/bike-lights-law-road-rule-259.html

Let there be LIGHT!


"...Police visited the Upfield Bike Path at Albert Street, Brunswick one evening recently...

50 sets of lights were provided to intercepted bikes riding without lights after dark. No fines were issued..."

Moreland City News/ Moreland Leader June 3rd 2013 

"Five cyclists killed in the last two years were riding in poor light conditions without lights or bright clothing." 


Bicycle Victoria hypocritically lobbied to increase the penalty for not having a set of bike lights,

while it continues to oppose the enforcement of the Bike Lights Law and other cyclists’ safety regulations.
http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/bicycle-victoria-cyclists.html

Cyclists don't believe the Road Rules are important, arguing that if they were important laws they would be enforced!
http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/cycling-identification-and-law.html

Instead, Bicycle Victoria wants Police to hand out bike lights to cyclists and ask them to please put them on.



Moreland City News/ Moreland Leader June 3rd 2013

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/cycling-bike-lights-public-liability.html

"We are asking for Police bike patrols across Australia to help us encourage everyone who rides at night to have working lights"

Harry Barber CEO Bicycle Victoria


Really? You could enable Police to enforce the Law, Mr Barber?

That would encourage cyclists.

Bicycle Victoria’s doubletalk and erroneous opposition to cycling safety/ law enforcement punishes cyclists by keeping them in the dark and in harms way.

"Five cyclists killed in the last two years were riding in poor light conditions without lights or bright clothing." 

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


As a result Bicycle Victoria/ Bicycle Network Victoria's opposition to law enforcement actually punishes more cyclists more often Vigilante Acts Punish Cyclists

by keeping them in the dark and in harm's way Unlit Cyclists Face Greater Injury. The Age  

There must be public liability issues with the way Bicycle Victoria promotes cycling!

Pete  Dowe
Road Safety Advocate
July 12th 2012

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/beachroadcyclingnostoppingzones-bike.html

Please note re the Bike Lights Law

Road Rule 259 applies to reduced visibility not just dark

Bike Lights Law

Road Rule 259

The rider of a bicycle must not ride at night, or in hazardous weather conditions 
causing reduced visibility

unless the bicycle, or the rider,
displays—

(a) a flashing or steady white light 

that is clearly visible for at least
200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b) a flashing or steady red light 

that is clearly visible for at least
200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c) a red reflector 

that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres
from the rear of the bicycle



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