Friday, March 21, 2014

Cycling and Walking Pedestrian Elderly Woman "Horrific Injuries" Shared Path struck by Speeding Cyclist Doncaster, Melbourne. Manningham Leader Pedestrian/ Community Safety



This blog strongly opposes certain reforms
VicRoads is currently considering:

“under one suggested reform, 

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 all riders to use the footpath, provided that they give way to pedestrians."

Herald Sun 12.9.14


Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate



Bicycle paths and; shared paths

Road Rule 250:


A bike rider must give way * to pedestrians 

when using a shared path 

and slow down when passing pedestrians

 and other bike riders.

give way means the rider
 must slow down and, if necessary, 
stop to avoid a collision
 
Tip: Use your bell or your voice to warn others as you are passing them.



A DONCASTER pensioner who suffered horrific injuries after a collision with a cyclist has called for shared bike and pedestrian paths to be scrapped.


"Suffering a fractured vertebrae, and breaks to her wrist, nose, jaw and teeth, 

Ms Ricciotti underwent intensive facial reconstructive surgery and was in hospital for two weeks."



“The bicycle hit so hard it is a miracle I am still alive,” Ms Ricciotti said.

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/cycling-public-liability-negligence-all.html




"...cyclists were "doing stupid things" and creating risks 

by using apps to record competing times on some segments of 

busy commuter bike paths."

Gary Brennan 
Bicycle Network Victoria


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/radio-station-flooded-with-calls-about-biffo-between-cyclists-and-motorists/story-e6frf7kx-1226577272903






"In fact, (Bicycle Network Victoria's) Mr Gary Brennan

said he had clocked riders doing 40km/h on a (shared path) stretch between Toorak Road and Waverley."

Bicycle Network Victoria's Gary Brennan said 

"the fact infrastructure in Melbourne had not kept up with the huge increase in cycling numbers was a factor in tensions between cyclists and motorists."

"The fact so many new riders were taking to the roads meant there were a big group of "newbie" cyclists who had yet to learn the best way to conduct themselves on the roads,


Also, some "outlier" cyclists were "doing stupid things" and creating risks by using apps to record competing times on some segments of busy commuter bike paths.

A caller who claimed to have clocked cyclists at 35km/h on some stretches of Gardiner's Creek path was probably correct, he said.
In fact, Mr Brennan said he had clocked riders doing 40km/h on a stretch between Toorak Road and Waverley.

A "small group" of riders was involved, he said, and they were likely to "come unstuck" because if they did cause a serious injury and their times on the app were seen by courts they would be at risk of charges. said Mr Brennan



"People i.e. pedestrians are part of the environment too. 

Cycling must be people-friendly" 

Pete Dowe

Former Roads Minister Tim Pallas told the Victorian Parliament 

"while the risk of a serious injury or fatality is low...

the consequences of a collision involving a cyclist (and pedestrian)

may be severe"

“cyclists who were travelling faster than 30km/h five times more likely to receive a head injury than slower riders.
A DONCASTER pensioner who suffered horrific injuries after a collision with a cyclist has called for shared bike and pedestrian paths to be scrapped.

Aurora Ricciotti was struck from behind by a cyclist while 
walking on a shared pathway in Boronia Grove Reserve.

Shared paths a danger says Doncaster woman

Aurora Ricciotti suffered terrible injuries after being struck by a cyclist. PICTURE: MARTIN REDDY
Aurora Ricciotti suffered terrible injuries after being struck by a cyclist. PICTURE: MARTIN REDDY
A DONCASTER pensioner who suffered horrific injuries after a collision with a cyclist has called for shared bike and pedestrian paths to be scrapped.
Aurora Ricciotti was struck from behind by a cyclist while walking on a shared pathway in Boronia Grove Reserve.
The impact was so severe that the 68-year-old was flung into the air and landed on her skull. Other park users stopped to help Ms Ricciotti and the cyclist, who is also believed to have sustained injuries.
    
Suffering a fractured vertebrae, and breaks to her wrist, nose, jaw and teeth, Ms Ricciotti underwent intensive facial reconstructive surgery and was in hospital for two weeks.
“The bicycle hit so hard it is a miracle I am still alive,” Ms Ricciotti said.
She is now urging the community to get behind a campaign to improve pedestrian safety on shared paths.
“There is a real risk there. They are bigger, faster and stronger than pedestrians,” she said. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
Ms Ricciotti wants the council to conduct a full safety audit of shared paths.
Manningham Council chief executive Lydia Wilson said the council received reports of inappropriate behaviour on shared paths.
“In general the majority of path users are respectful and courteous,” she said.
Ms Wilson said it was also the responsibility of pedestrians to help keep paths safe.
The Pedestrian Council is backing the call for shared paths to be banned.
The group’s chairman, Harold Scruby, said the paths put all pedestrians, especially the elderly, at risk. “The current conditions are outrageous,” he said.

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