Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cycling Cyclists Seriously Injured Beach Road Bunch Cycling HELL RIDE Fractures Skull of Female Cyclist Punctures lung of Elderly Man ABC News online March 11th 2015 Hell Ride Reckless Negligent Illegal Unofficial Weekly Road Race on Public Roads Road Rule 287 Duties of a driver (or rider) involved in an accident Road Rule 126 Difficulty Stopping Road Rule 151 Two Abreast Bunch Size Rec. Max. 20 Riders Rule of Law Cyclists’ Identification Reliable Photo ID No Stopping Zone 'Road Train' Community Safety




The Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists states:


“It is recommended that groups do not exceed 20 cyclists in total

as it becomes extremely difficult for other cyclists and motorists to ‘pass the bunch’.             


”when cyclists breach road rules...” in particular the “…cycling specific rule of riding two abreast or three abreast when overtaking, other road users become frustrated and take undue risks and/or show inappropriate aggression often to other cyclists.”


CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone








Hell Ride Four Cyclists on the Wrong Side of the Road, Beach Road, Bayside

Video Still Photo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuqEm4n4ntE


Another cyclist, Alistair Tubb, said his father was also cleaned up by the hell ride.

"Old man has six broken ribs and a punctured lung after having his handlebars clipped by the hell ride this morning as they overtook him," he said on Instagram.

"This then lead to him falling in front of another bunch taking out seven others.

"The worst thing about it is of the hell ride bunch, a total of zero [people] stopped. 

"Because there's obviously not enough space for three groups wide (when one of them has about five across, the hell ride) they got too close and knocked one of the cyclists into our path, bringing down six of us.

"They did not stop despite the loud noise a crash like that makes. I've got a fractured skull, fluid in my ear and a bruised lung but I will recover. This could so easily have ended my life."

In 2006, a cyclist taking part in the ride hit and killed 77-year-old James Gould at Mentone, and was fined $400 for failing to stop at a red light.




Road Rule 287 Duties of a driver (or rider) involved in an accident 

(1) If owing to the presence of a vehicle (other than a
motor vehicle) an accident occurs whereby any
person is injured or any property (including any
animal) is damaged or destroyed, the driver (rider) of the
vehicle—
(a) must immediately stop the vehicle; and
(b) must immediately render such assistance as
he or she can; and
(c) must at the scene of the accident as soon as
possible give his or her name and address
and also the name and address of the owner
of the vehicle and the identifying number of
the vehicle—
(i) to any person who has been injured or
to the owner of any property which has
been damaged or destroyed; or
(ii) to a person representing the injured
person or the owner of the property;
and
(d) must at the scene of the accident as soon as
possible give those names and addresses to
any police officer who is present; and
(e) if any person is injured and no police officer
is present at the scene of the accident, must
as soon as possible report in person full
particulars of the accident at the police
station that is most accessible from the scene
of the accident if that station is open and, if it
is not open, at the next most accessible
station;
(f) if any property is damaged or destroyed and
neither the owner of the property nor any
person representing the owner nor any police
officer is present at the scene of the accident,
must as soon as possible report in person full
particulars of the accident at the police
station that is most accessible from the scene
of the accident if that station is open and, if it
is not open, at the next most accessible
station. 








Hell ride: Cyclists reportedly injured in notorious Melbourne bunch ride

Updated
A notorious group bicycle ride in Melbourne known as the "hell ride" is again in the spotlight after a number of other cyclists were reportedly seriously injured in a crash with those taking part.
The weekly training ride takes place in Melbourne's bayside suburbs, including the popular Beach Road, with hundreds of cyclists often taking part.
Last weekend a number of cyclists who were not participating in the ride were reportedly injured in crashes involving the group.
One of those was Annie, who posted a photo of herself wearing a neck brace on Instagram.
She said the crash could have killed her.
"My group of Tri Alliance cyclists were travelling two abreast, another small group were overtaking us safely," she wrote.
"The hell ride approached and instead of waiting for this manoeuvre to be completed, they stormed past, sandwiching the middle group.
"Because there's obviously not enough space for three groups wide (when one of them has about five across, the hell ride) they got too close and knocked one of the cyclists into our path, bringing down six of us.
"They did not stop despite the loud noise a crash like that makes. I've got a fractured skull, fluid in my ear and a bruised lung but I will recover. This could so easily have ended my life."
In 2006, a cyclist taking part in the ride hit and killed 77-year-old James Gould at Mentone, and was fined $400 for failing to stop at a red light.


During an inquest into Gould's death, the Victorian coroner described the ride as a recipe for disaster.
Another cyclist, Alistair Tubb, said his father was also cleaned up by the hell ride.
"Old man has six broken ribs and a punctured lung after having his handlebars clipped by the hell ride this morning as they overtook him," he said on Instagram.
"This then lead to him falling in front of another bunch taking out seven others.
"The worst thing about it is of the hell ride bunch, a total of zero [people] stopped.
"I'm a cyclist and love the game but it's not a bloody race, particularly at the cost of your fellow riders.
"Understand that accidents happen but for none of you to stop is unacceptable, pull your heads in."

Ride should be reined in: injured cyclist

Annie said she did not want the ride banned, but called for it to be "brought under control".
"I'm not calling for it to be stopped but the leaders need to step in if they want it to continue," she said.
"Set yourselves some rules, organise a kit so that you can identify incompetent hangers on that I have seen so often blamed for hell ride incidents.
"Stop riding in packs of 50+ and five or six across, split up into abilities. And stop at the scene of an accident."
Chris Carpenter from the Bicycle Network of Victoria said cyclists had a legal and moral obligation to stop.
"It's all well and good to get out on your bike and enjoy yourself, but everybody has an obligation to look out for everyone and be safe," he said.
"Bicycle Network's concerned because that's not what we're about, we want to see more people riding bikes, we want it safe and we want it easier for people to do so."



http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-11/cyclists-reportedly-injured-in-notorious-hell-ride/6301554

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