Law enforcement is a Cycling Safety measure
Riding a bicycle on a railway station platform, on a railway crossing through boom gates, failing to have a set of bike lights,
and not wearing a helmet
are "serious traffic infringements"
definitely worthy of enforcement by PSO's.
A cyclist was fatally struck by a V Line train at North Melbourne station after illegally riding on the platform.
On Friday Jan. 18th 2013 I was at North Melbourne Station as a
Cyclist rode past me on the platform
whilst a V Line train was pulling into the platform!
Minutes later 3 PSO's arrived and appeared to fine the cyclist.
This was totally appropriate.
The cyclist broke the law and endangered his life by doing so.
Road Safety Advocate
multiskilled, not only in their own field but also in psychology and
medical expertise. If the unfortunate ''teenager with a severe
had a tragic accident while riding his bike
on a platform, the PSOs would be criticised for not telling him
this was a dangerous activity.
But if they removed him (for his and others' safety), civil
libertarians would be up in arms,
and on we go.
If more government time and money were spent in addressing the
massive health problems
and fewer civil libertarians interfered in
what they sadly call ''rights'', perhaps we would see progress in
helping people to live healthier and happier lives.
Some serious training in ''with rights must come responsibilities'' is
more importantly, follow-up penalties and/or treatment."
Maggie Morrison, Mordialloc
In relation to failure to have a set of bike lights
"Five cyclists killed in the last two years were riding in poor light conditions without lights or bright clothing."
Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)
And finally, failing to wear a helmet is also a serious traffic infringement.
We have had 9 bike fall fatalities in Victoria since 2006 and 3 alone in 2012.
and there were 15 Cyclist fatalities in Victoria
where riders failed to wear a helmet
between 2003 and 2012
were from bicycle alone accidents.
Road Safety Advocate