Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cycling & Walking VIDEO Making it easier to Ride through Zebra Crossings without Giving Way. Comment by Pete Dowe. Watch out for the Cyclists! Negligence Cycling Participation Any Kind of Cycling More Often? Share the Road Pedestrian Safety Community Safety Cycling Safety #cycling #cyclingstrategy #victoria

Cyclist riding without bike lights set nor helmet, 

fails to Give Way to Pedestrian at Zebra Crossing.

Cyclist approaches crossing in the dark from Pedestrian's right side

Watch out for the Cyclists!

This You Tube clip is from overseas,

however a similar incident occurred to me recently

on a Tram Stop Zebra Crossing in the Melbourne CBD

except the female cyclist was going much faster

and also seemed to be totally unaware

that she was morally and legally required to Give Way to the most vulnerable road user

a Pedestrian on a Zebra Crossing.

Unfortunately Cycling has been promoted as a morally superior activity.

It is not.

Those with feelings of moral superiority believe the rules do not apply to them

and the promotion of cycling participation has erroneously tapped into this mindset.

It should not

Cycling is not more important than Walking

Cyclists are not more important than any other Road Users.

The Road Rules apply to Cyclists too.

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."   

"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

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.

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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