Racing on Public Roads
Hell Ride! How can CycleSport Victoria defend it?
Hell Ride Jan 28th 2012
“Talking about the Hell Ride and other regular weekly faster training rides on Beach Road. Racing on the road is not on, no matter who you are. Cyclists don’t like to see motor vehicles speeding on the road and the same applies to them.” Bicycle Victoria as previously stated on its website
"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes.
These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations."
Bicycle Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)
Robbie McEwen's tweet
In relation to the Hell Ride: “The sheer number of (Hell) riders (up to 250) Hell Ride Jan 28th 2012 makes interception of individual offenders difficult” (8)
Indeed the Bicycle Victoria, CEO, Harry Barber, has sought to confuse the issue further of enforcement and cyclists identification by stating:
“Better enforcement rather than better identification would solve the problem (of cyclists committing road offences).
- 1 Cyclists should always ride within the capacity of their skills and experience (3)
- 2 Cyclists should not race on public roads nor treat riding as a race and thus take unnecessary risks. (3)
- 3 The last two recommendations should also apply specifically to bunch cycling
- 4 Compulsory identification of cyclists such as a requirement to carry reliable photo ID and to have one’s bike engraved.
- 5 Cyclists must prepare for the life and death environment of the road. “You must be ‘fit to ride’ before you ride for health and fitness.”
- 6 While the responsibility to obey the road rules remains an individual responsibility, it is important that all cyclists riding in bunches on public roads act in a way so that the bunch itself can operate safely. (3)
- 7 Cyclists who participate in bunch riding need appropriate training before doing so.
- 8 It is recommended that groups do not exceed 20 cyclists in total as it becomes extremely difficult for other cyclists and motorists to pass the bunch. (1)
- 1. Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists
- 2. Joint Bike Lobby Media Release re James Gould’s Death
- 3. CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of James Gould.
- 4. Bicycle Victoria No Stopping Zones Advocacy
- 5. Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria The Independent 28/10/08
- 6. Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) Jan. 2009
- 7. Stateline 1/9/2006 Beach Road Cyclists spokesperson, Marcel Lema
- 8. Victoria Police submission to Coroner Johnstone's inquest, op.cit.
- 9. Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)
- 10. Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009
Beach Road Cycling. Cyclists Run Red light Feb. 2012
Beach Road Mayhem One Accident too many
Beach Road Mayhem. An update on Beach Road
Hell Ride Bayside Jan. 2012
Drivers say its time cyclists paid a rego fee Sunday Age