Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cycling Beach Road Cycling Bayside Council Calls for Cyclists' Identification Law Enforcement Capability The Age May 7th 2014 Community Safety No Stopping Zones


"What needs to be done is more policing … we need 

to have a more consistent policing approach to 

make it really hard for these people to behave the 

way they do."



Harry Barber 

CEO Bicycle Network Victoria/ Bicycle Victoria


 


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



 
Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009




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

 

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009








Council's call to register bicycles shot down by transport groups

Aisha Dow and Carmelene Greco May 06, 2014
Tom Quirk says licensing would 'definitely' discourage people from riding.
Tom Quirk says licensing would 'definitely' discourage people from riding. Photo: Jason South
A Melbourne council has been lampooned by cycling advocates and the RACV after petitioning for new laws requiring bicycles to be registered and cyclists to be licensed.
The Bayside City Council will ask the Municipal Association of Victoria to lobby the government for a major overall of cycling regulations. The borough is home to a popular weekend 17-kilometre run for cyclists, along Beach Road.
The council says if cyclists were forced to get a licence or register their bikes, the police and the public could more easily identify cyclists who fail to adhere to the road rules. Its petition also calls for education programs to increase the awareness of the vulnerability of bicycle riders.
The proposal has been ravaged by the transport lobby, which says the reforms would be a huge and unnecessary cost for the state.
Bicycle Network Victoria spokesman Garry Brennan said the push to have bikes registered had long been a “dead duck”. He said almost every place in the world that had sought to implement the policy had later abandoned it.
“It’s too expensive and provides no benefits for the community,” he said.
 “If you say there is a problem with people leaving the scene of an accident, the problem is with motorists. ”
Mr Brennan said Bayside Council had a history of being anti-cycling, resisting for many years a successful move to introduce morning no-stopping zones for cars on Beach Road. He said local council had consistently voted against it until the Labor government gave them the money for it.
Bayside mayor Laurence Evans said the council’s motion to the MAV was prompted by a number of crashes between cyclists, in which one of the cyclists had left the scene. He said in one of these cases his friend was left with multiple injuries.
But Cr Evans conceded the motion probably needed reworking, because the council was unsure what was the best way to address the “issue” of law-breaking cyclists. He said the council “loved” people riding through the municipality.
“What we’re really doing is asking the government to look into the issue because it’s not just our problem.”
Bayside resident, Tom Quirk, 20, said registration of bicycles or the licensing of cyclists was "terrible idea".
Mr Quirk has worked at Omara, a popular bike shop on Beach Road, for four years and said a licence process would “definitely” discourage people from riding.
"They should be trying to encourage people to get out and stay healthy," he said.
"A lot of people get a bike to commute because it is cheaper, but now it’s not going to be cheaper, it’s going to be expensive as well.”
RACV’s road and traffic manager, Dave Jones, said the peak motoring group did not support bike registrations or licences. Because cycling is enjoyed by people of all ages, he said it would be more practical to invest in road education and training rather than implement a licence system.

http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/councils-call-to-register-bicycles-shot-down-by-transport-groups-20140506-zr5s3.html



Beach Road Weekend Morning No Stopping Zones

Pete Dowe’s Speech to Bayside Council
April 30th 2013


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

Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009
“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009

12 months ago Bayside Councillors supported Beach Road No Stopping Zones not on merit,

but out of fatalism.

That 10,000 cyclists are already out on Beach Road, and that there’s nothing we can do about the behaviour problem.

which Marcel Lema of Beach Road Cyclists defined on Stateline on September 1st2006, as 

“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills…” http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/vic/content/2006/s1731063.htm

90% of an estimated 10,000 cyclists on Beach Road makes 9,000 poorly skilled riders.

No Stopping Zones or a Parking Ban was put on the agenda by deeming parked cars as a public liability issue/ hazard for cyclists.

If we are going to address public liability in relation to community safety, as we should,

we must look at the public liability aspect of a cycling promotion which focuses solely on participation.

Bicycle Victoria/ Bicycle Network Victoria's advocacy/ promotion of cycling 

is centred on participation. 

They claim that the reputed health benefits of

any kind of cycling more often

far outweigh the risks of death and serious injury.

This is just plain untrue. 

Bicycle Victoria’s own Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) found that 

cyclists who break the law 

are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.

https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla/file/2002_Deaths_report.pdf

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s 2006 Report
Deaths of Cyclists due to Road Crashes

Found 

"In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, 

the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the action that precipitated the fatal crash.”
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/2006/pdf/death_cyclists_road.pdf

If cyclists do not engage in risk reduction, i.e obey the road rules,

they are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.

To lower the standard for road usage to simply one of participation or "on yer bike"

is to promote cycling in such a way that cyclists are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.

Therefore a promotion of cycling which focuses on inexperienced participation with optional road rule compliance would certainly appear to have Public Liability issues.

It is time we, as a society, realised that cycling health and fitness

by reducing the risks of road trauma 

is much more important than the participation rate.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/cycling-beach-road-cycling-bayside.html













http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/cyclists-identification-shadow-roads.html


http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/cycling-bike-lights-public-liability.html


http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/beachroadcyclingnostoppingzones-you.html

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