Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cycling Safety Shared Paths Anti-Social Vigilantism CYCLISTS PROTEST OVER RECKLESS ACT Tyred of the tacks Yarra Boulevard, Kew, Boroondara, Melbourne Progress Leader 5 May 2015 & The Age May 3rd 2015 Rule of Law Due Process Equal Application of the Law Rule of Law IS One Size Fits All Respect of One Person for Another


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.


Pete Dowe


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


Pete Dowe 



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.



“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law

if you want to be treated equally”

Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009




“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009








  • 5 May 2015
  • Progress Leader
  • Greg Gliddon
Tyred of the tacks 

CYCLISTS PROTEST OVER RECKLESS ACT

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.
Picture: MARK STEWART Cyclists, including George Mihailides, fear a rider will be badly injured or killed on Yarra Boulevard, which has been littered with tacks for over a year.
More than 100 cyclists protested on Sunday against the tacks that have been deliberately dropped in the road’s bike lanes for the past 16 months, causing countless punctures and injuries.
The protest ride was organised by regular Yarra Boulevard cyclist George Mihailides, who has called for security cameras to be installed and daily sweepings to take place to catch the offenders.
“Punctures caused by tacks often result in explosive decompression, particularly on road bicycles that have their tyres routinely inflated to over 100 PSI (pounds per square inch),” Mr Mihailides said.
“Explosive decompression of a tyre, particularly a front tyre, can result in loss of control of the bicycle.
“It can send a cyclist sliding across the road, putting both motorist and cyclist at risk.”
Mr Mihailides said an incident just two weeks ago resulted in five cyclists out of a group of 10 getting punctures.
“A single cyclist puncturing in a bunch can bring down multiple riders,” he said.
“Some cyclists, like myself, now choose to ride on the main-road surface instead of the shoulder to avoid the tacks.
“This not only irritates motorists, but further increases the risk of an accident.”
Acting Superintendent Steve Frost said police were fully behind the cyclists’ right to protest and had members observing the ride on Sunday.
“What is most critical is we need the public’s assistance,” Supt Frost said.
“We’re at a loss to explain this behaviour. Cyclists have as much right to use the road as other roads users, but for some reason, someone or some people are taking it on themselves to throw tacks on the road.”
But Supt Frost said CCTV cameras would struggle to catch the offenders, as it was likely the tacks were being dropped from travelling cars.
He said VicRoads and Boroondara Council were sweeping the road whenever a report was made and believed they were doing as “good a job as they can given the circumstances”.
Boroondara Mayor Coral Ross said the council, with the support of VicRoads and Victoria Police, had also installed three temporary Fix a Flat repair stations along Yarra Boulevard to assist riders affected by the tacks.




Stop the tacks: Kew Boulevard cyclists say enough is enough

Date
A cyclist fixes a puncture after hitting a tack on Kew Boulevard - during a protest involving over 1000 riders protesting against someone laying tacks on the road. A cyclist fixes a puncture after hitting a tack on Kew Boulevard - during a protest involving over 1000 riders protesting against someone laying tacks on the road. Photo: Paul Jeffers
Before the group of around 1000 cyclists had even begun its protest ride along Kew Boulevard on Sunday morning, half a dozen riders had stopped kerbside to change tubes and tyres after running over tacks on the road.
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.
A cyclist fixes a puncture after hitting a tack during a protest that involved over 1000 bike riders who rode 13km's around Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road. A cyclist fixes a puncture after hitting a tack during a protest that involved over 1000 bike riders who rode 13km's around Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road. Photo: Paul Jeffers
"There's clearly been a fresh batch of tacks, which is quite brazen really," protest organiser George Mihailides said.
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.
One of the bike riders who rode a 13km circuit around Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road. One of the bike riders who rode a 13km circuit around Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road. Photo: Paul Jeffers
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", he said.
"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.
Over 1000 bike riders rode a 13km around Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road. Over 1000 bike riders rode a 13km around Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road. Photo: Paul Jeffers
The clean-up cost had amounted to around $70,000 and the repair costs to bike riders around $5000 so far, the police spokesperson said.
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."

   


http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/stop-the-tacks-kew-boulevard-cyclists-say-enough-is-enough-20150503-1myqjk.html




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 




"you only have vigilantes where there is an absence of law"
Paul Watson 

EcoPirate



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!

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate



http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/cyclists-identification-cycling.html

Nobody Deserves to get Hit Robbie McEwen


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/lest-we-forget-these-brave-men/story-fn6bn88w-1226183965699

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com/2011/11/beachroadcyclingnostoppingzones-you.html


http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/show-us-what-makes-a-leader-20120208-1repi.html#ixzz1lnWUFbjP

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/cyclists-id-not-just-for-fun-age-feb.html

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/rsc/motorcycle_safety/Submissions/30_PDowe_22072011.pdf

http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/fitness/blogs/on-your-bike/why-cyclists-should-never-pay-rego-20120614-20bk6.html
 

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