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Cycling Beach Road Cycling Bayside Council Pete Dowe's Speech to: April 30th 2013 Cycling Participation Public Liability No Stopping Zones

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…” 

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.

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


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

the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the action that precipitated the fatal crash.”

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
April 30th 2013

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