Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cycling VicRoads considers allowing cyclists to run Pedestrian Red Lights Herald Sun 12.9.14 Community Safety


"Premier Denis Napthine said he would be concerned about a proposal 

  to allow cyclists to run red lights."

  Herald Sun 12.9.14




I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a “No Stopping Zone”

as it affects the safety of all road users and bunch cyclists have a duty of care to each other

and other road users to keep a safe stopping distance behind the bicycle vehicle in front

and to form cycle bunches which can stop safely.



I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local 

Infrastructure’s legislate such a collective responsibility, duty of care, to stop safely


on the part of riders participating in a cycling bunch.


Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate



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


















https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWApp-huwe8




Bicycle Brake Reaction Time means the time a cyclist needs to -


• see a danger ahead;
• perceive what it means;
• decide on a response; and
• instigate that response,



when the bicycle continues to travel at is velocity.
A cyclist who is concentrating will have a Bicycle Brake Reaction Time of about 2½ seconds to react

to 'instigate a response' by squeezing his/her brake levers according to different, 

previously determined, pressure levels for the front and rear brakes when in an emergency situation.






Bicycle Brake Reaction Distance means the distance a bicycle travels, prior to applying the brakes, whilst a cyclist -

• sees a danger ahead;
• perceives what it means;
• decides on a response; and
• instigates that response by applying the brakes.

A cyclist who is concentrating will have a Brake Reaction Time of about 2½ seconds to apply his/her brake levers in an emergency situation.  By using the Bicycle Brake Stop Calculatorif the cyclist is travelling at 40 km p/h which equates to 11.11 metres p/s, the Bicycle Brake Response Distance would be 27.78m.




Pedal power: VicRoads considers allowing cyclists to run red lights

Bike riding in the city

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CYCLISTS could be permitted to run red lights and DRIVERS be banned from entering bike lanes at all in a bid to get more riders on Victorian roads.
The measures are among reforms being considered to make the roads more bike-friendly and reduce conflict with motorists.
VicRoads has begun to examine results from a recent online SURVEY of the state’s cycling road rules.
And a full report on a possible overhaul of the state’s road rules is due to be released by the end of this year.
The Herald Sun can reveal the following options are on the Government’s radar:
BANNING cyclists’ use of headphones;
ALLOWING motorcyclists to share bike lanes with cyclists;
REQUIRING motorists to be 1m away from cyclists;
ALLOWING cyclists to treat red lights like Give Way signs;
PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;
ALLOWING those aged 12-17 to ride on a footpath if with a child aged under 12;
LETTING cyclists with kids under 10 in a trailer or child seat to use the footpath; and
ALLOWING all riders to use the footpath, provided that they give way to pedestrians.
Drivers could be banned from entering bike lanes under the reforms being considered. Cycl
DRIVERS could be banned from entering bike lanes under the reforms being considered. Cyclists on Princes Bridge. Picture: Brendan Francis.
Currently, cyclists must stop at red lights or be liable to the same fine as motorist.
Cyclists who run red lights have become one of motorists’ biggest pet hates.
But 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.
The reforms could also see motorists banned from entering the bike lane under any circumstances. Currently, DRIVERS can enter bike lanes for up to 50m in order to park or turn.
VicRoads’ Sharon Duijkers-Mahood said any new laws would be aimed at making Victoria more bike-friendly.
“The range of road rules which relate to or affect bike riders will be examined,” Ms Duijkers-Mahood said.
“The aim is to determine whether the cycling-related road rules and legislation for bike riders are working as well as they should be and, if necessary, make recommend­ations on how they can be ­improved or better communicated to ensure the safety of bike riders and encourage more people to ride.”

Premier Denis Napthine today said he would be concerned about a proposal to allow cyclists to run red lights.
VicRoads CEO John Merritt aid the SURVEY results were still being processed.

“Any of the concepts that come out of this SURVEY will be the subject of significant consultation across the broader Victorian population” he said
Laws APPLYING to cyclists have been tightened over the past decade.

Penalties apply if cyclists do not stop behind stationary trams, and fines for running red lights and not wearing bike helmets have increased.


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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.”


I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a “No Stopping Zone”
as it affects the safety of all road users and bunch cyclists have a duty of care to each other

and other road users to keep a safe stopping distance behind the bicycle vehicle in front
and to form cycle bunches which can stop safely.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local 

Infrastructure’s legislate such a collective responsibility, duty of care, to stop safely

on the part of riders participating in a cycling bunch.



Cycling Bunch size also affects stopping distance and the ability to stop safely,

partly by limiting the amount of incompetent riders.

The Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists recommends a maximum bunch size of 20 riders.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure’s


legislate a maximum bunch size of 20 riders to address difficulty stopping safely.


The CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of Pedestrian James Gould stated:

“The evidence establishes that there can be difficulties,
especially for inexperienced cyclists, in stopping safely 
when traffic lights are red, when they are riding in bunches.”

“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills...”

Marcel Lema, Beach Road Cyclists


Stateline 1/9/2006

There is no required standard to achieve before bunch cycling on the road.

There are “No formal training programs to develop bunch riding skills...”
Monash University Accident Research Centre (2009)

Bunch cyclists form bunches which likely cannot stop safely,
cannot stop without rear-ending the cyclist in front,

and the fear of being rear-ended is then used
as a justification for cyclists proceeding through red traffic signals.

It ought not be.

I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a “No Stopping Zone”
as it affects the safety of all road users and bunch cyclists have a duty of care to each other

and other road users to keep a safe stopping distance behind the bicycle vehicle in front
and to form cycle bunches which can stop safely.

I argue that bunch cyclists also do not stop safely and proceed through red traffic signals because

there is no group responsibility.

I advocate that there be such a group responsibility in bunch cycling, 

and that all riders in the bunch be responsible for the bunch being able to stop safely.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local 

Infrastructure’s legislate such a collective responsibility, duty of care, to stop safely

on the part of riders participating in a cycling bunch.


Cycling Bunch size also affects stopping distance and the ability to stop safely,

partly by limiting the amount of incompetent riders.


“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills...”

Marcel Lema, Beach Road Cyclists


Stateline 1/9/2006


The Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists recommends a maximum bunch size of 20 riders.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure’s


legislate a maximum bunch size of 20 riders to address difficulty stopping safely.





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