This blog condemns anti-social vigilantism towards cyclists and indeed any citizen.
Anti-social vigilantism is a community safety problem which destroys the lives of innocent people.
Re Vigilantism the voiceover on the promo for the Mad Max Movie re-make says:
"He is Mad Max, searching for a righteous cause"
Why? Nothing better to do?
Stay out of it Maxy!
Leave it to VicPol
The problem was causing "crashes, injuries, motorists getting punctured, motorcyclists getting punctured, injured children, injured pets and let's not forget the hundreds of thousands of dollars this is costing the ratepayers of Boroondara",
protest organiser George Mihailides said.
- 5 May 2015
- Progress Leader
- Greg Gliddon
FED-UP cyclists say it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed by the dangerous actions of anticyclist saboteurs along Kew’s Yarra Boulevard.
Stop the tacks: Kew Boulevard cyclists say enough is enough
For the last 15 months cyclists say a rogue individual has targeted them by putting thumb tacks along the shoulder of the road, causing punctured tyres and crashes.
VicRoads had swept the popular cycle route at 11pm on Saturday night to clear it of tacks, but the so-called "boulie tacker" was at it again.
Efforts to fix the problem have come to naught and now cyclists are calling for surveillance cameras to be installed along the road to catch the culprit.
Mr Mihailides said the problem was forcing cyclists away from the shoulder of the road and into the traffic lane, endangering them and motorists.
"It's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured, or worse."
Victoria Police is investigating the matter. A spokesperson said around 500 cyclists had suffered punctures in the last year.
The main problem areas were at the intersections of Walmer Street, Studley Park Road overpass, Molesworth Street, Yarra Park Bend and the intersection of Witshire Drive and Chandler Highway, they said.
Mr Mihailides said police, VicRoads, the local council and Parks Victoria needed to work together to solve solve the problem.
"If you ask any of the bodies involved they all try to say it's not our piece of road to manage, so we're looking for united leadership," Mr Mihailides said. "We're not quite sure who it should be but someone needs to own it as a problem."
Spokespeople for Parks Victoria and Boroondara Council said separately that large roads were VicRoads' jurisdiction.
A VicRoads spokesperson was not available for comment.
With support from Borondoora Council and local bike shops, the community has set up "puncture stations" at intervals along the route.
Cyclists can use a spare tube if they get a puncture, and replace it later, under an honour system. But sometimes the tubes are stolen.
A Parks Victoria manager Philip Ross said it did not manage the Yarra Boulevard and therefore had no direct authority over it.
"We've spoken this week to the protest organiser and explained we do not manage the Boulevard," he said. "We are happy to work with Boroondara Council and Victoria Police if there is any way we can assist within our areas of responsibility."
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
"you only have vigilantes where there is an absence of law"
Cooperation on the roads, cycling legitimacy and equality, which cyclists say they want, depends on being predictable by being law abiding. The road rules are in effect ‘safety regulations’ of a ‘life and death environment’.
Vigilante acts, ‘taking the law into one’s own hands’ (what a misnomer!) universally occur when the law (the road rules) is not being enforced.
Yet the enforcement of these safety regulations/ road rules for cyclists is touted by the cycling community as unfairly ‘punishing cyclists’
This is nonsense. Vigilante acts punish cyclists! Not law enforcement.
Vigilante acts such as: dooring, placing tacks on Beach Road 'Just plain tacky' Cyclists put in danger by tacks placed on road motorists driving at bunch cyclists, Bike ride rage taking over cyclists being kicked, punched or otherwise struck by a bottle or rock, definitely punish cyclists, unfairly. Nobody deserves to get hit Robbie McEwen Robbie McEwen's tweet
Whereas a traffic infringement penalty is an appropriate, just, ‘gentle’* penalty for a traffic infringement, and a cycling safety measure.
Bicycle Victoria has stated that their Review of Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.
Vigilante acts punish cyclists, not law enforcement
* one is handed a piece of paper by the constabulary rather than copping a rock in the head!
Road Safety Advocate
Nobody Deserves to get Hit Robbie McEwen