Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cycling & Walking Pedestrian Serious Injury Making it Easier to Ride Through Tram Stops Hit and Run Cyclist Negligence Community Safety





“If we go back historically I don’t believe St Kilda Rd - which carries essentially somewhere in the vicinity of 2,000 cyclists, but two million per annum tram users, 

and is the sixth most congested piece of the arterial road network - is the right place for bike priority.”

Former Roads Minister, Tim Pallas

Herald Sun 5.3.2008





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


http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/pedal-power-vicroads-considers-allowing-cyclists-to-run-red-lights/story-fni0fit3-1227055875630?sv=694137fd961746992a5dfdbe55d4f70d&&net_sub_uid=110365919




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




A Female hit-run cyclist who left a 62-year-old Male pedestrian in intensive care 
after crashing into him at a Tram Stop in the Melbourne CBD 



Melbourne CBD
Photo by Pete Dowe











Swanston Street tram super stop in Melbourne


Melbourne CBD
Photo ABC TV News



A cyclist rides past a stopped tram in Melbourne’s CBD. Picture: Hamish Blair


 Herald Sun Nov 9th 2014



A Female hit-run cyclist who left a 62-year-old Male pedestrian in intensive care 

after crashing into him in the Melbourne CBD 

Video Cyclist Tram-Stop Creeps ride past Stopped Tram


Trams

Road Rule: A bike rider must stop before passing the rear
of a stopped tram at a tram stop. 

Once the tram doors are closed and pedestrians 
have crossed between the tram and kerb, 
the rider may then proceed to pass the tram.

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferRiders/BikeRiders/RoadRulesAndFines.htm



"People i.e. pedestrians are part of the environment too. 

Cycling must be people-friendly"


Pete Dowe






CBD cyclist comes forward

A FEMALE cyclist has handed herself into police over an alleged hit-run that landed a pedestrian in intensive care.
The Thornbury woman, 24, came forward to Northcote police station this morning and will speak with officers later today.
No charges have been laid.
Victoria's worst cyclists would be jailed under planned changes to toughen laws against rogue riders.
The State Government is considering drafting legislation for dangerous riders that would see them face similar penalties to motorists who kill and maim.
Roads Minister Tim Pallas today confirmed the Government was considering moves to treat dangerous cyclists like culpable drivers.
Asked whether this would mean jailing cyclists, he replied: "If the actions of a cyclist were comparable to the actions of a driver, then yes".
Herald Sun Digital Pass
His comments follow pleas for a hit-run cyclist who left a 62-year-old pedestrian in intensive care after crashing into him in the CBD yesterday to come forward.
Thornbury man Don McFadyen suffered multiple fractures, including a dislocated hip, when he was struck after getting off a tram in Swanston St near Bourke St about 5.15pm.
A witness today has suggested Mr McFadyen, who is in a serious condition in Royal Melbourne Hospital, walked around the front of the tram rather than on to the footpath on his left.
Mr Pallas refused to comment specifically on yesterday's case.
But he said cyclists should be held accountable and be heavily punished for serious offences.
However, he ruled out mass registration of bike riders.
The Government is considering cycling law changes over the coming year.
In yesterday's hit-run, the cyclist fell after the collision and was helped by a passer-by before he rode off.
Police are urging the cyclist, a man believed to be in his early 20s, who was on a blue metallic mountain bike, to contact them.

Mr McFadyen's wife Jenny also appealed to the cyclist to come forward.

"They didn't stop, which is amazing," she told 3AW radio. "They've got to have a conscience surely."
Debate over lenient treatment of cyclists raged after a rider on Melbourne's notorious Beach Rd Hell Ride who ran a red light and killed an elderly pedestrian was fined just $400.
Mr Pallas also said there were no plans to add new bike lanes to major roads around the inner city.

“If we go back historically I don’t believe St Kilda Rd - which carries essentially somewhere in the vicinity of 2,000 cyclists, but two million per annum tram users, and is the sixth most congested piece of the arterial road network - is the right place for bike priority.”



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