Friday, November 14, 2014

Cycling & Trains Cycling & PSO's Law enforcement is a Cycling Safety measure & The Age Dec 7th 2012 Community Safety

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.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Damned if they do…

"WE LIVE in absurd times when it seems that everyone must be

multiskilled, not only in their own field but also in psychology and 

medical expertise. If the unfortunate ''teenager with a severe 

intellectual disability'' 

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 

overdue, and 

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)

“CYCLISTS riding without bike lights are three times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than those who are lit up, a major study of cycling crashes in Melbourne has found.

The crash statistics are contained in a 12-month study of 158 cyclists who were admitted to The Alfred and Sandringham hospitals between December 2010 and November 2011.

The study, by researchers from the Monash University Accident Research Centre and The Alfred

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

A Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) study of injured cyclists between 1999 and 2008 also found

that a third of hospital admissions (serious injuries)
were from bicycle alone accidents.

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