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Cycling and Walking Cycling Safety Pedestrian Safety Cycling on the Footpath "Cyclists, look out" Progress Leader 14/4/15 Riding on the Footpath much more Hazardous than "Dooring!" Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path Cycling Participation Promotion Ride2School "Making it Easier to Ride from Footpath onto Road or a Crossing" Negligence Community Safety



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."


 Pete Dowe 





“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,

and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats.


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.

Six of the Nine cyclists fatally injured 

riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing DCA 148 in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats

were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.


394 of the 510 total cyclists seriously injured

riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing DCA 147 and DCA 148 during the same period

were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.

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!




Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate







Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path


(1) The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath.


 (2) Subrule (1) does not apply to a rider in the circumstances specified by the

Corporation by notice published in the Government Gazette.

Note Footpath is defined in the dictionary.

Victoria Government Gazette P 2 28 October 1999 193


(3) The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must—


(a) keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable

to do so; and


(b) give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.

Note 1 Pedestrian is defined in rule 18, and shared path is defined in rule 242.

Note 2 For subrule (2), 


give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to
avoid a collision









  • 14 Apr 2015
  • Progress Leader
Cyclists, look out 

THERE is concern about dooring of cyclists but consider families who speed-cycle down footpaths when there is a cycle lane for which I pay taxes/rates.

I am frail, reliant on a walking stick and three times in the past six weeks have been at risk going to my letterbox and bringing bins in. Would those parents who...

       




R McIntosh,
Camberwell

Progress Leader
14/4/15

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