Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path
give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.
give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision
"Increasing the legal age limit for cyclists to ride on the footpath above 12 years of age does NOT better protect cyclists."
“Dooring” is a common cycling accident type “on the radar” with the wider Victorian community,
but as part of the emphasis on other road users’ behaviour not cyclists'.
Collisions with car doors opened onto traffic or “dooring” (DCA 163) accounts for one cyclist fatality,
Yet Nine cyclists were fatally injured riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing (DCA 148) in Victoria during the same period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats.
There were also 510 cyclists seriously injured riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing during the same period.
The lion’s share of these fatalities and serious injuries also occurred to cyclists over 12 years of age riding on the footpath.
394 of the 510 total cyclists seriously injured
Therefore increasing the legal age limit for cyclists to ride on the footpath above 12 years of age does not better protect cyclists.
Yet riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing is not a cycling safety issue in the wider community!
- 14 Apr 2015
- Progress Leader