Monday, March 9, 2015

Cycling VIDEO Beach Road Bunch Cycling Hell Ride Negligent Reckless Illegal Weekly Unofficial Road Race on Public Roads 'Road Train' COMMENT by Pete Dowe Rule of Law No Stopping Zone 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 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






Comment by Pete Dowe





I argue that the “Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


"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 Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

“may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”


I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a “No Stopping Zone”
as it affects the safety of all road users and bunch cyclists have a duty of care to each other

and other road users to keep a safe stopping distance behind the bicycle vehicle in front
and to form cycle bunches which can stop safely.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

legislate such a collective responsibility, duty of care, to stop safely

on the part of riders participating in a cycling bunch.



Cycling Bunch size also affects stopping distance and the ability to stop safely,

partly by limiting the amount of incompetent riders.



“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills...” 

Marcel Lema, Beach Road Cyclists, 

Stateline 1/9/2006



The Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists recommends a maximum bunch size of 20 riders.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


legislate a maximum bunch size of 20 riders to address difficulty stopping safely.


The CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of Pedestrian James Gould stated:

“The evidence establishes that there can be difficulties,
especially for inexperienced cyclists, in stopping safely 
when traffic lights are red, when they are riding in bunches.”

There is no required standard to achieve before bunch cycling on the road.

There are “No formal training programs to develop bunch riding skills...”
Monash University Accident Research Centre (2009)

Bunch cyclists form bunches which likely cannot stop safely,
cannot stop without rear-ending the cyclist in front,

and the fear of being rear-ended is then used
as a justification for cyclists proceeding through red traffic signals.

It ought not be.

I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a “No Stopping Zone”
as it affects the safety of all road users and bunch cyclists have a duty of care to each other and other road users

to keep a safe stopping distance behind the bicycle vehicle in front
and to form cycle bunches which can stop safely.

I argue that bunch cyclists also do not stop safely and proceed through red traffic signals because

there is no group responsibility.

I advocate that there be such a group responsibility in bunch cycling, 

and that all riders in the bunch be responsible for the bunch being able to stop safely.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

legislate such a collective responsibility, duty of care, to stop safely

on the part of riders participating in a cycling bunch.

Cycling Bunch size also affects stopping distance and the ability to stop safely,

partly by limiting the amount of incompetent riders.



“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills...” 

Marcel Lema, Beach Road Cyclists, 

Stateline 1/9/2006

The Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists recommends a maximum bunch size of 20 riders.

I advocate that the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


legislate a maximum bunch size of 20 riders to address difficulty stopping safely, and difficulty passing cycling bunches



Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate







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


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