Monday, September 29, 2014

Cycling Beach Road Bunch Cycling Hell Ride Kingston cops crackdown on rogue cyclists Moorabbin Kingston Leader 7.8.13 & Making it easier to Ride through Red Lights Negligence Community Safety



This blog strongly opposes suggested 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






The latest push by Kingston police comes after a member of the infamous 

"Hell Ride" ran a Nepean Highway red light in Chelsea as an elderly man was 

crossing the road with his dog.

Sgt Lonsing said the aggression and abuse police copped from other Hell Ride 

cyclists as they fined the 36-year-old Ascot Vale man for running the red light 

was the last straw.


"We are working very closely with Cycling Victoria and have been in discussions with major cycling clubs about having them appointing a sergeant-at-arms who would have the authority to pull other cyclists into line.



"If they don't want to listen to them, then they will have the police to answer to."


Moorabbin Kingston Leader 7.8.13




"Riding en masse, the pressure can be intense. “You get the group mentality where you don’t want to get dropped. 




If half the pack riders get through the lights, the other half don’t want to get dropped off so you can’t get back on the end of it. 



If you’re stuck there for a minute or so, the group’s gone,” 

says Quinlan, 56." 




“Basically from Frankston all the way back (to Black Rock), it was very 

competitive and you went flat out all the way. 





Because we could, I suppose.”








(Former AFL/ VFL Great "Superboot") Bernie Quinlan on the Hell Ride


The Australian October 13th 2007
























Kingston cops crackdown on rogue cyclists around Bayside area


Breaking the cycle in Bayside
Leading Senior Constables Max Poppeliers and Trevor Stow observe cyclists along Beach Rd, Mordialloc.
CYCLING clubs may follow the lead of bikie gangs in introducing sergeants-at-arms as police plan a major crackdown on law-breaking "rogue" cyclists.
The latest push by Kingston police comes after a member of the infamous "Hell Ride" ran a Nepean Highway red light in Chelsea as an elderly man was crossing the road with his dog.
The Hell Ride is an informal high-speed cycling race held every Saturday morning from Black Rock to Mount Eliza.
Sergeant Herb Lonsing said the July 27 incident brought back tragic memories of the 2006 death of 77-year-old James Gould, who died after being hit by a Hell Ride cyclist who ran a red light on Beach Rd, Mentone.
Sgt Lonsing said the aggression and abuse police copped from other Hell Ride cyclists as they fined the 36-year-old Ascot Vale man for running the red light was the last straw.
"The vast majority of cyclists are no issue, but there is a rogue element who break the law and have no respect for other road users," Sgt Lonsing said.
"We cannot afford another death, so we will start laying serious charges when necessary."
Sgt Lonsing said police across the bayside region and throughout Melbourne were united in their quest to crack down on law-breaking cyclists.
"I think cyclists will be in for a surprise over the resources we will be throwing behind this," he said.
"But the idea is not just to punish them, we want to give them ownership over this and promote self-policing.
"We are working very closely with Cycling Victoria and have been in discussions with major cycling clubs about having them appointing a sergeant-at-arms who would have the authority to pull other cyclists into line.
"If they don't want to listen to them, then they will have the police to answer to."
Cycling Victoria did not respond by deadline.
-Jesse Wray-McCann



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