Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cycling Beach Road Cycling Bayside Council Pete Dowe's Speech June 24th 2014 Beach Road Weekend Morning No Stopping Zones & TAC Enhanced Crash Investigation Study ECIS Media Release Road Rule 126 Difficulty Stopping Negligence Road Rule 151 Two Abreast Bunch Size Rec. Max. 20 Riders Driver Frustration Difficulty Passing Bunch Community Safety


"Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured".

Bicycle Victoria (2002)

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

the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the

action that precipitated the fatal crash.” 

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 2006

“Cyclists who want motorists to share the road have got to do the same themselves. 

It really annoys us to see cyclists breaking the law as they are endangering themselves and others but also giving cyclists a bad name...” 

Bicycle Victoria/ Bicycle Network Victoria 

as previously stated on its website



Beach Road Weekend Morning No Stopping Zones

Speech to Bayside Council June 24th 2014

by Pete Dowe

A Bayside Councillor has previously stated “the monster is already out on Beach Road”

This is just giving up I believe.

A “monster” ought to be a community safety issue.

Marcel Lema of Beach Road Cyclists defined the incompetent monster as:

“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills…” 
  Stateline, 1/9/2006

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

According to Monash University Accident Research Centre (2009)

There are “No formal training programs to develop bunch riding skills...”

This Council Report is not a thorough review of the monster, and has not met the key objective of the Beach Road Corridor Strategy to 

“improve the overall safety and amenity for all users of Beach Road with a particular emphasis on motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

There has been no review of cyclists’ behaviour at signalised crossings despite a May 2012 Council resolution to do so.

The CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of Pedestrian James Gould stated:

“The evidence establishes that there can be difficulties,

especially for inexperienced cyclists, in stopping safely 

when traffic lights are red, when they are riding in bunches.”

Most Road Rules apply to cyclists and motorists including

Road Rule 126.

Keeping a safe (stopping) distance behind vehicles

A bicycle is a vehicle.

I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a No Stopping Zone.

I advocate that Bayside Council advocate to Victoria Police to deploy ‘tailgate cam’ technology on Beach Road as a community safety issue.

Other review criteria has been neglected

i.e bunch sizes, cyclists more than two abreast, as these pertain to driver and cyclist frustration and undue risks.

The CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to the Coroner also stated:

”when cyclists breach road rules...” in particular the “…cycling specific rule of riding two abreast or three abreast when overtaking,

other road users become frustrated and take undue risks and/or show 
inappropriate aggression often to other cyclists.”

The Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists states:

“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’.   


Community Safety in this Report only applies to cyclists and in a limited way.

I advocate that Bayside Council advocate to the TAC that serious cycling injury crashes on Beach Road be included in the TAC Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS)

I have distributed the TAC ECIS Media Release to Councillors.
One Councillor has stated they were “not prepared to give up on Beach Road.”

Nor am I.

Giving up is not good public policy,

nor community safety.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate
June 24th 2014


"Beach Road riders should also be aware of the negative consequences for their insurance 

should they be involved in any unfortunate and indefensible incidents."

Bicycle Victoria as previously stated on their website

TAC Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS  ) Media Release
Serious injuries in focus as Victoria cements status as world leader
14 Mar 2014
·         Victorian Coalition Government announces world-first study into causes of serious injury crashes
·         Victoria global leader in road trauma prevention
·         Coalition Government strategy to reduce road trauma by 30 per cent, prevent accidents and reduce cost of crash-related serious injuries to community
The Victorian Coalition Government today unveiled a world-first study into the causes of serious injury crashes that will cement the state’s status as a global leader in road trauma prevention.
Over the next three years, the TAC will spend $8 million on the Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS  ) as part of its strategy to reduce road trauma by 30 per cent by 2022.
The cutting-edge study will examine more than 400 serious injury crashes in microscopic detail, giving researchers an unprecedented understanding of how crashes and injuries occur.
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the findings would guide the Victorian Government’s efforts to prevent accidents and reduce the cost of crash-related serious injuries to the community, after TAC support costs alone last year exceeded $1 billion.
“We have made real progress in reducing the road toll in recent years and the  ECIS   is the next step in continuing to drive down fatalities and serious injuries,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Researchers from Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) will examine approximately 5,000 individual pieces of information relating to each crash, with support from an international team of experts.
“This study will help give us a level of understanding of the science and the human factors involved in serious injury collisions that we’ve never had before. This understanding will then inform our decisions about where best to invest money to save lives and prevent injuries,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said the   ECIS   would ensure Victoria retained its position at the forefront of the global effort to reduce road trauma.

“The success that Victoria has achieved in reducing fatalities is already seen as a benchmark throughout the world. By shifting the focus to serious injury with this world-first initiative, we are ensuring we remain at the cutting edge,” Mr Mulder said.
“We can’t be satisfied with our achievements to date when we still have a situation where close to 6,000 Victorians are hospitalised due to transport accidents each year.”
The study will help underpin Victoria’s efforts to implement the Safe System approach to road safety. The Safe System aims to prevent road deaths and injuries by ensuring Victorians are safer drivers, driving safer cars, on safer roads and at safer speeds.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the   ECIS   would help Victoria Police determine enforcement priorities.
“It will inform us what elements of driver behaviour police need to address to ensure maximum safety on the roads for everyone,” Mr Wells said.

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