Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cycling Negligence Duty of Care VIDEO "Making it easier for people to take up riding from the footpath onto the Road" 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





I advocate that the maximum legal age for riding on a footpath remain at 12 years of age.
Riding on the footpath is hazardous,
and much more hazardous over 12 years of age.

Three of the nine cyclists
fatally injured riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing DCA 148 in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats
were 12 years of age or under.

112 cyclists of a total of 510
 seriously injured riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing during the same period in Victoria  during the same period were 12 years of age or under.

Six of the Nine cyclists fatally injured
riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing DCA 148 in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats
were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.

394 of the 510 total cyclists seriously injured
riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing during the same period
were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.

“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).


I argue that it may be negligent for the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
to further encourage/ promote/ legalise footpath riding over the age of 12.


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

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