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
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Cycling Beach Road Bunch Cycling Regulate Bunch Size re "Difficulty Stopping" & Road Rule 126 "keeping a safe distance behind vehicles" No Stopping Zones www.muggaccinos.com.au Negligence Cycling Participation Policy Victoria's Cycling Strategy
“Most rules in the Road
Rules apply to bicycle riders in the same way
as they apply to drivers—
There are some other rules that are for bicycle riders
or that have exceptions for bicycle riders.”
Road Rules Victoria 1999
Victorian Government Gazette
Road Rule 126. Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles
A driver (rider) must drive (ride) a sufficient distance behind a (bicycle) vehicle
front of the driver (rider) so the driver (rider) can, if necessary,
stop safely to avoid a
collision with the (bicycle) vehicle (in front).
"A vocal minority has over
ruled a silent majority which is negatively impacting health system costs
majority of road cyclists 'break their own wind' and
enjoy higher visibility of upcoming Hazards with
materially reduced likelihood of suffering a fall
Over 90% of motorists, and well
over half of all road cyclists, would like to see the size and behaviour of
Bunch Rides regulated
empiricism from canvassing the Writer's non-cyclist
friends, and other cyclists who ride hills and seek to consciously stay away
from fellow riders, particularly during steep descents, suggests that 90% of
all road users would like to see -
the size of Bunch Rides capped
at between 14 and 20 riders; and
Regulation 126 “Keeping a safe distance behind
vehicles” resolved so that cyclists behind have a reasonable
likelihood of having sufficient time and space to avoid a fallen cyclist(s)
ahead or be able to stop for a red light and not be concerned that other
riders 'down the line' will not stop also.
Watching You Tube videos
of Bunch Ridingon Beach Road evidence
that a serious problem occurs when a traffic light turns amber/red and a
large Bunch Rideis
approaching the intersection, or partially through the intersection,
particularly if travelling at above 20km p/h which is through most of the
intersections. If the riders near the back of the Bunch Ridestart
to brake, they often run the risk of other riders behind them continuing to
ride through the intersection?
Beach Roadhas a few weekly Bunch Rideswith over 100 riders during the warmer months
which appears selfish, needless and reckless. The penchant by a few
fellow citizens to want to maximise avoiding wind resistance by being part of
a behemoth bunch places an unnecessary Health System Cost on
taxpayers due to increasing the likelihood of Avoidable Trauma Bicycle
A vocal minority has
out-weighed the wishes of a passive majority of fellow road users, which is
counter-productive when the majority of road cyclists are happy to 'break their own wind',
as explained at the tail of Popularity of Bunch Riding.
These road cyclists, and motorists, have to pay heed to Regulation 126.
Road rules to mitigate trauma
accidents and maximise road user efficiency cover all sorts of common sense
issues such as -
(a) side of the road to drive on;
(b) specified (road sign) speed to
take an upcoming corner (based on angle, gradient and road width);
(c) physical size and weight of
(d) drinking and driving; and
(e) maximum speed limits.
Regulating the size and
structure of Bunch Rides is
necessary due to vital Unknown Hazardsof
not running red lights and not avoiding fresh potholes,which
physically cannot be avoided if theBunch Rideis
too large and/or travelling too fast."
Bicycle Brake Reaction Distance meansthe
distance a bicycle travels, prior to applying the brakes, whilst a cyclist
• sees a danger ahead;
• perceives what it means;
• decides on a response; and
• instigates that response by applying the brakes.
A cyclist who is
have a Brake Reaction Timeof about 2½ seconds to apply
his/her brake levers in an emergency situation. By using the Bicycle Brake Stop Calculator, if the cyclist is travelling at
40 km p/h which equates to 11.11 metres p/s, the Bicycle Brake Response
Distance would be 27.78m.
(1) Stopping distance. A bicycle
equipped with only handbrakes shall be
tested for stopping distance by a rider
of at least 68.1 kg (150 lb) weight in accordance
with the performance test,
§ 1512.18(d)(2) (v) and (vi), and shall have
a stopping distance of no greater than
4.57 m (15 ft) from the actual test speed
as determined by the equivalent
ground speed specified in
On a two wheeled vehicle, you
cannot jam the brakes on for a 'full' in an emergency stop.
You have to achieve weight transfer first. This means an initial gentle
application of the brake before a big squeeze. If you jam them on
instantaneously without moving the body weigh backwards, ideally over the
seat, the front end can go out from under you, particularly if you have
powerful brakes like hydros.
Also on a bike, when braking heavily you'll find that you subconsciously
lift off the brakes momentarily as you cross bumps etc on the road surface
(eg cracks, manhole covers etc). This is to stop the wheel locking as it is
unweighted over the bumps. In a car this isn't necessary.