Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cycling Beach Road Cycling Bayside Council Calls for Cyclists' Identification Law Enforcement Capability Bayside Council March 26th 2014 Community Safety No Stopping Zones


“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










Cr Evans said the registration of bicycles or licensing of bicycle riders would help the police and the public to identify cyclists involved in an accident or break road rules.


Council asks peak body to advocate change

26 March 2014
Council will advocate to introduce bicycle registrations, reduce late night liquor licensing and seek a statewide control program to control numbers of the Indian Myna bird in Victoria.
The three issues will be put forward as motions to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State Council, a meeting of local governments from around Victoria on 16 May.
The MAV represents the collective interests of councils and lobbies state and federal governments on behalf of local government in Victoria.
Mayor Laurence Evans said the issues were at the forefront for Bayside as well as the wider Victorian local government sector.
Cr Evans said the registration of bicycles or licensing of bicycle riders would help the police and the public to identify cyclists involved in an accident or break road rules.
“Given the continued growth in cycling in Victoria, the introduction of a registration scheme for cyclists would be beneficial for all road users,” he said.

http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/about_the_council/4824.htm



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





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