Thursday, May 1, 2014

'Cycling is the way of the Future' Comment by Pete Dowe Beach Road Cycling No Stopping Zones Negligence Pedestrian/ Cycling/ Motorist/ Community Safety

“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

This blog strongly opposes suggested reforms which

VicRoads is currently considering:

“under one suggested reform, 

cyclists could be allowed to treat red lights as Give Way signs. 
And the same could also APPLY  at pedestrian lights." 
"PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;"

"ALLOWING all riders to use the footpath, provided that they give way to pedestrians."

Herald Sun 12.9.14

I argue that the “Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

"has a duty of care to ensure that reasonable action is taken to minimise the risk of harm to anyone who is reasonably likely to be affected by the department's activities.”

I argue that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

“may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Cycling is the way of the future.


(Originally Posted Nov. 26th 2009)

The latest figures showing bicycle sales outstripping car sales for the ninth consecutive year in 2008 confirm the trend of greater cycling participation into the future.

Unfortunately, the rogue cyclist element gives Cycling a bad name.

The rogues "let the side down."

It is joyous however to see competent, responsible, respectful, legitimate cyclists 

Sharing the Road 

and showing attention to detail such as:

bunch cycling two abreast in smaller bunches of 20 or less,

keeping a safe stopping distance behind other cyclists in the bunch,

having a set of bike lights, 

stopping behind the stop-line at Traffic Signals, and putting their foot down

stopping behind Trams, and putting their foot down

giving way to a pedestrian on a zebra crossing

using hand signals,

having a bell, and 

slowing down and warning Pedestrians on approach, 

or walking a bike on a footpath, through a shopping centre,

and on a pedestrian or railway crossing.

To all those cyclists who do these things. 


We need more like you.

An important part of behaviour modification of the hoons is law enforcement capability.

Cycling is the way of the future. 

So lets get it Right. 

Make it Safer. 

Give it Respect.

Cycling must be Regulated.

Pete Dowe,
Road Safety Advocate
Jan 7th 2009

Online Comment
Cars peddle new mettle
Herald Sun  January 07, 2009

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