Friday, July 11, 2014

Cycling Ride2School Cycling Participation Comment by Pete Dowe Community Safety

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

Lessons – Too many children die because they cannot control their bikes and are not “traffic” aware:

  • Supervision is the key. Don’t let your child near the road unsupervised until you are sure they can stop safely and cross roads safely.

      "Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key."

Bicycle Network Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002

There were eleven cyclist fatalities in Victoria 

caused by the cyclist entering the road from the footpath and driveway (DCA 147 and 148)*

during the period January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013

according to VicRoads CrashStats.

All of the eleven deceased were Male.

Six of the eleven deceased 

were boys 13 years or younger.

The six deceased male children ranged in age from 4yo to 13yo.

One of the deceased was 4, one was 5, one was 10, two were 11, and one was 13 yo.

Two of the boys were not wearing bicycle helmets:

an 11 yo boy in Geelong 

and a 13 yo boy in Maribyrnong

Almost 200 Males were seriously injured cycling from the driveway onto the road (DCA 147) 

during the period  January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013  according to VicRoads CrashStats. 

There were 253 serious injuries caused by the cyclist emerging from the driveway onto the road.

199 were Male. 

84 of those seriously injured were under 15.

73 of those seriously injured under 15 were boys.

* DCA: Victoria Police Definition for Classifying an Accident

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate 
July 10th 2014

    Cycling Participation: 

Any kind of Cycling More Often?

Pedal Safely

Pete  Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader

April 6th 2009

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