Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cycling and Walking VIDEO Cycling Safety Pedestrian Safety Cycling on the Footpath and Crossing much more hazardous than "Dooring" Road Rule 248 Road Rule 250 Cycling Participation Promotion Ride2School "Making it Easier to Ride from Footpath onto Road or a Crossing" Negligence Community Safety ABCTV 26.4.15










Cyclists riding on crossing and footpath ABCTV



          I advocate that the maximum legal age for riding on a footpath remain at 11 years of age.



Riding on the footpath is hazardous,

and much more hazardous over 12 years of age.



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 during the same period



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



Road Rule 248.

No riding across a road on a crossing



The rider of a bicycle must not ride across a road, or part of a road,



on a children’s crossing, marked foot crossing or pedestrian crossing.


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





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







“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).



    Riding on the footpath is hazardous,

and much more hazardous over 12 years of age.



I argue that it may be negligent for the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

to further encourage/ promote/ legalise footpath riding over the age of 11.



I argue that the “Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

“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 Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

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



Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate

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