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Cycling and Walking Cyclists running red lights No Bike Helmet Crackdown on Road Rules Victoria Police Sydney Road Summer Bike blitz nabs offenders Moreland, Melbourne Victoria Police vow to continue crackdown Moreland Leader Jan. 12th 2015 Cycling Safety Community Safety



Bike Falls/ Bicycle Alone Accidents may be Fatal


“You don’t want to get knocked off your bike, hit your head and have your family asking you if you had 

your helmet on would you be as injured as you are now,” 

Sen-Constable Watson said. 




“There’s a notable shift in cyclists wearing helmets since the operation started,” she said. 


But bad behaviour is still common. 


In a bike patrol blitz at the intersection of the Upfield cycling path and Brunswick Rd about 20 cyclists were caught ignoring red lights..."





"Cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured."




Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)

https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla_content/files/2002_Deaths_report.pdf




“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
 
if you want to be treated equally”



 
Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009


“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

 

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009


http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/

 

"What needs to be done is more policing … we need 

to have a more consistent policing approach to 

make it really hard for these people to behave the 

way they do."

 

   Harry Barber 


 









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Bike blitz nabs offenders 

CRACKDOWN ON ROAD RULES

POLICE are slapping those cycling without helmets with $185 fines amid a Sydney Rd bike blitz that’s hitting many in the hip pocket. 

Cyclists ignoring red lights and motorists performing illegal U-turns or texting are also coming under scrutiny. 

A MASS of Sydney Rd cyclists keen to let the wind flow through their hair have instead wound up with cashflow crises. 



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Senior Constable Alix Watson is among police patrolling Sydney Rd to crackdown on errant cyclists and motorists. 
Senior Constable Alix Watson said police were nabbing between 10 to 15 cyclists without helmets each operation, which involve Sydney Rd bike patrols south of Bell St that will run throughout summer. 
“You don’t want to get knocked off your bike, hit your head and have your family asking you if you had your helmet on would you be as injured as you are now,” Sen-Constable Watson said. 
Those who fail to wear a helmet have been slapped with $185 fines. Sen-Constable Watson said she was hopeful the message was getting through. 
“There’s a notable shift in cyclists wearing helmets since the operation started,” she said. 
But bad behaviour is still common. In a bike patrol blitz at the intersection of the Upfield cycling path and Brunswick Rd about 20 cyclists were caught ignoring red lights, 
 
“Cyclists and pedestrians are just going through the red traffic lights. 

They are slowing down, but even though it’s a red light they are doing a quick check of traffic and flying through,” Sen-Constable Watson said. 

“It’s highly dangerous. A quick glance isn’t going to help you if there is a fastmoving vehicle. A red light means stop.”

She said they would return to that location in future patrols, in addition to the bike path’s intersection at Dawson St. But it’s not just cyclists that are in the gun. 
The bike patrol is also nabbing between 10 to 15 motorists using mobile phones while driving each operation, each offender copping a $443 fine that carries a loss of four demerit points.

“You can’t have your phone in your hand at any time when you are driving, including when you are stationary,” Sen-Constable Watson said.

“If you receive a text message, it will still be there when your journey is over.”

And motorists performing U-turns on Sydney Rd are asking copping a whack.

“One fella this morning did it in front of a tram,” SenConstable Watson said, a transgression that comes with a $295 fine and loss of two demerit points.

“We had another guy nearly knock one of us off a bike doing a U-turn.”

The crackdown will continue until February’s end and may be extended.

Police were also targeting pedestrians who did not use traffic lights to cross a road. 


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