Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cycling Death Fatality collision with Train Railway Crossing 85 y.o Male Edithvale, Melbourne Mordialloc Chelsea Leader July 3rd 2014 Negligence Preventable Death Community Safety


This blog strongly opposes certain reforms
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."   
Also

"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


Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate




This is a tragedy and it was a preventable death. 



While warning bells and gates would make the crossing safer,

including signage such as 


"cyclists dismount" 



which ought to be at the crossing, 



cycling behaviour is also a cycling safety issue.



It is against the law to ride on a railway crossing. 



Sadly, cyclists who break the law 

are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.




Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate






An 85-year-old man was crossing the tracks on a bike from Nepean Highway to Station St, Edithvale, on June 17 



The hairdresser said train drivers sounded their horn three to four times a day to warn people on the tracks.


Just the day after the ­accident I saw someone crossing there on her bike. 

The driver of an approaching train was just beeping and beeping to get her attention,” Ms Jordan said.






"Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law 

are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured”


Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002







Comment by Pete Dowe

It is worth noting that the recent cyclist fatality due to a collision with a Train on a Railway Crossing near Edithvale Station was not an isolated incident.

There were two other cyclist fatalities in Melbourne in 2007 and 2008 

caused by collisions with Trains at, or on a Railway Station



http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/cyclist-death-fatality-collision-with-v.html







Bayside

Push for crossing upgrade after man was killed at Edithvale train station

Hairdresser Tasha Jordan stands at the crossing in Edithvale. Picture: Susan Windmiller.
Hairdresser Tasha Jordan stands at the crossing in Edithvale. Picture: Susan Windmiller.
BUSINESSES and police are calling for warning signals at the crossing where an ­elderly man was killed.
An 85-year-old man was crossing the tracks on a bike from Nepean Highway to Station St, Edithvale, on June 17 when he was struck by a Frankston-bound train. He died at the scene.
The Denman Ave crossing, about 150m north of ­Edithvale railway station, does not have gates or lights to warn pedestrians of ­approaching trains.
It’s a place Tasha Jordan — who works across the road at salon Hairven by the Bay — avoids at all costs.
The hairdresser said train drivers sounded their horn three to four times a day to warn people on the tracks.

Just the day after the ­accident I saw someone crossing there on her bike. The driver of an approaching train was just beeping and beeping to get her attention,” Ms Jordan said.

“There really needs to be safety signals and lights to provide more warning for pedestrians.”
DO YOU USE THESE CROSSINGS? TELL US IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.
Thung Doung, owner of neighbouring Linda’s ­Bakehouse, and Mordialloc state Liberal MP Lorraine ­Wreford agreed that there should be signals installed.
There are several crossings along the Frankston line in Bonbeach, Aspendale and Parkdale, which also do not have warning lights.
Sergeant Lisa Prince from Moorabbin police said it wasn’t just drivers who needed protecting at railway crossings.
“There are a lot of ­elderly or vulnerable ­people who use crossings who need an early warning that a train is approaching,” Sgt Prince said.
Public Transport Victoria spokesman Adrian Darwent said seven pedestrian crossings would have safety upgrades in 2014-15.
“The Denman Ave, Edithvale, pedestrian crossing will be considered for ­funding along with other statewide priorities, in future years,” Mr Darwent said.
“It is important that ­Victorians continue to take care at all pedestrian crossings, whether or not the crossing has a give way sign or stop sign, flashing lights or ­automatic gates.”
Originally published as Death signals safety call for crossing



http://m.heraldsun.com.au/leader/bayside/push-for-crossing-upgrade-after-man-was-killed-at-edithvale-train-station/story-fngnvli9-1226976261189?login=1#social-comments





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