Cycling is about "Safe exercise" and "Safe low-emission travel" The Health and Fitness objective is UNDERMINED if the means of exercise is UNSAFE! This blog STRONGLY OPPOSES certain reforms VicRoads is currently considering: “cyclists could be allowed to treat red lights as Give Way signs. And the same could also APPLY at pedestrian lights."
Also "PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;" "allowing teenagers to ride on footpaths"(Herald Sun)PDowe
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Pedestrian Death Fatality Struck by Tram St Kilda Melbourne. The Age & Yahoo!7 July 17th & 18th 2013
Man Dies in Tram Tragedy
by Jessica Wright
"The Man, in his 50's...became wedged between the Tram and platform..."
Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death and prepare a report for the coroner.
A Yarra Trams spokesman said the driver of the tram was taken to hospital in a state of severe shock and counselling services have been arranged for staff affected by the incident. The tragic episode is the first pedestrian fatality involving a tram in Melbourne for more than a year.
Sergeant Jason Crawford told Ten News the man may have been intoxicated.
He said there were several people on the tram when the man was struck down.
Witnesses have told police the man was standing at the platform and stumbled on to the tracks as the tram approached.
‘‘From a police perspective, this is a tragedy,’’ Sergeant Crawford said.
‘‘We urge caution around trams. Very rarely do pedestrians win those battles.’’
Efforts to notify next of kin were still under way on Wednesday, according to a police spokeswoman.
Any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.
A man has died after stumbling into the path of a tram on a busy street in Melbourne's south-east last night.
Police say the man, aged in his fifties, became wedged between the route 16 tram and the platform after tumbling onto the line at the corner of Park Street and Fitzroy street, St Kilda, at about 11.30pm.
Heavy haulage equipment was brought in to free the man but he was declared dead at the scene.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Sergeant Jason Crawford said the victim may have been intoxicated.
"Unfortunately we believe the man has stumbled as the tram approached and fallen onto the tracks," he said.
"The female tram driver was unable to stop in time and the tram has struck this male.
"From a police perspective this is a tragedy. We urge caution around trams, very rarely do pedestrians win those battles."
The tram driver was taken to hospital suffering shock, and counselling is being offered to those who saw the accident.