Friday, March 21, 2014

Cycling Dooring Deliberate Vigilante Act Melbourne CBD Police urged to charge passenger after cyclist car-doored The Age March 18th 2014

“I reacted very badly afterwards … 
The thing I did wrong was how I reacted afterwards. 
For that I sincerely apologise,” Mr Hunter told Channel 7."

"This blog does not condone any act with intent to harm another road user or individual."

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

"you only have vigilantes where there is an absence of law"
Paul Watson 

"Collins Street was a high risk route for doorings..."

Bicycle Network Victoria general manager Garry Brennan 

Car Doors and How to Avoid them Bicycle Network Victoria

“Given the number of designated cycle routes 

in the city, 

it is preferred they (cyclists) use them

because it’s a safer option.”

RACV general policy manager Brian Negus

How cyclists can help themselves

Select your route for safety especially on high-speed routes or in poor weather conditions.

  • In poor light or weather or on high-speed roads it is sensible to choose a route and position on the road that leaves more room for error on the part of yourself and motorists.

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

Police urged to charge passenger after cyclist car-doored in CBD

Adam Carey March 18, 2014
The men involved in the incident.
The three men involved in the incident.
Victoria Police are being urged to investigate a collision in Melbourne's CBD involving a cyclist and a man who opened the passenger-side door of a taxi into the rider's path.
The female cyclist was knocked from her bike as she rode along Collins Street on Monday evening.
Footage of the crash has since been posted on YouTube because the woman had a camera attached to her bike handlebars.
In the video, the woman attempts to get the details of the taxi passenger but he and his two companions refuse and walk away.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said the police ought to investigate whether the man could be charged under Victoria's anti-dooring laws, as well as whether he and his two companions might be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.

"There is enough info in the video for the police to investigate," Mr Barber said.
"It's a breach of the road rules to ' ... cause a hazard to any person or vehicle by opening a door of a vehicle, leaving a door of a vehicle open, or getting off, or out of, a vehicle' and they may also be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.
"It's distressing to watch those men arguing with the injured cyclist about who is at fault.
"They clearly don't understand the law, or their responsibility to take care when opening car doors."
The Napthine government announced tougher penalties for dooring in 2012, increasing the on-the-spot fine for opening a car door in the direct path of a cyclist from $141 to $352 and the maximum court penalty from $423 to $1408.
Victoria Police could not immediately confirm if the woman had made a complaint about the incident.
There is no dedicated bike lane on the part of Collins Street where the crash happened.
‘‘Cyclists are free to use Collins Street if they wish however this is not a dedicated bike lane,’’ the City of Melbourne said in a statement.
‘‘The line markings are intended to encourage drivers to stay to the right of cyclists that are using this road space.
"This incident highlights the need for all road users to share our streets and be mindful of each other, whether you are a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist or public transport user.’’
Bicycle Network general manager Garry Brennan said Collins Street was a high risk route for doorings, and it is often passengers and taxis that were at fault.
“Many people, especially taxi drivers, seem to be unaware that you should not jump out of a vehicle when it is stopped in traffic," Mr Brennan said.
“This rider is very fortunate that she was not seriously injured, and so are the taxi passengers, as they are legally responsible.
“The bike camera shows that people will deliberately attempt to avoid responsibility when they cause a collision with a bicycle as they think they can get away with it.
“The attitude of the men in suits was appalling. They should go to the nearest police station and volunteer their full details, and then make a public apology to the rider."
with Deborah Gough

Comment by Pete Dowe

"you only have vigilantes where there is an absence of law"
Paul Watson 

Cooperation on the roads, cycling legitimacy and equality, which cyclists say they want, depends on being predictable by being law abiding. 

“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
if you want to be treated equally”

Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

The road rules are in effect ‘safety regulations’ of a ‘life and death environment’.

"Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured".

Bicycle Victoria (2002)

"In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the action that precipitated the fatal crash.” 

Australian Transport Safety Bureau 
(ATSB) 2006

Vigilante acts, ‘taking the law into one’s own hands’ 

universally occur when the law (the road rules) is not being enforced.

Yet the enforcement of these safety regulations/ road rules for cyclists

is touted by the cycling community as unfairly ‘punishing cyclists’

This is nonsense. Vigilante acts punish cyclists! Not law enforcement.

Vigilante acts such as: deliberate dooring Cyclist car-doored in Melbourne CBD

placing tacks on Beach Road 'Just plain tacky'  Cyclists put in danger by tacks placed on road 

motorists driving at bunch cyclists, Bike ride rage taking over 

cyclists being kicked, punched or otherwise struck by a bottle 

or rock or rolled up newspaper Cyclists allegedly hit with a rolled up newspaper . 

Nobody deserves to get hit Robbie McEwen Robbie McEwen's tweet

Whereas a traffic infringement penalty is an appropriate, just, ‘gentle’* penalty for a traffic infringement, and a cycling safety measure.

Vigilante acts punish cyclists, not law enforcement

* one is handed a piece of paper by the constabulary rather than copping a rock in the head!

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

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