Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cycling Beach Road Bunch Cycling "Police tell Hell Ride cyclists to stop using Beach Rd as a racetrack" Mordialloc Chelsea Leader March 31, 2015 Beach Road Weekend Mornings No Stopping Zone Road Rule 126 Difficulty Stopping Negligence Reckless Illegal Road Rule 151 Riding Two Abreast Bunch Size Rec. Max. 20 Riders Share the Road Difficulty Overtaking Road Safety Community Safety


Moorabbin acting Inspector John Cormack said “aggressive” and “competitive” Hell Riders using Beach Rd as a racetrack were endangering other road users.

He urged them to “behave like decent road users” and called on those involved to avoid the event completely.

Insp Cormack said the Hell Riders were more moderate when there was a greater police presence, but ultimately wanted all cyclists to “self-regulate and behave on the roads as they should be.”

BIKE LAWS

— Cyclists can’t ride more than two abreast (three abreast only when overtaking in single file)
— Must give way to other vehicles when lane changing
— Must stop at traffic lights and stop signs




Police tell Hells Ride cyclists to stop using Beach Rd as a racetrack

Moorabbin acting Inspector John Cormack says “aggressive” Hell Riders using Beach Rd as a
Moorabbin acting Inspector John Cormack says “aggressive” Hell Riders using Beach Rd as a racetrack are endangering other road users. Picture: Chris Eastman
POLICE have called on notorious Hell Ride cyclists to abandon their “aggressive” weekly rides and stop using Beach Rd as a racetrack.
And the Bayside Triathlon Club is calling for legislation to prevent pack riding on Beach Rd where tens of thousands of riders gather every weekend.
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Club president Adam Walsh said the club relied on Beach Rd for cycling and running training, and believed enforced smaller pack sizes would reduce accidents.
“Cycling carries a lot of risk on the road,” Mr Walsh said.
“Smaller groups mean the riders within the group are able to respond quicker, are able react quicker, so perhaps limiting pack sizes is a good thing.
“It also reduces the risk of pack mentality and makes sure everyone who’s riding is safe.”
Mr Walsh said cycling clubs shouldn’t wait around for legislative changes, but should instil these measures themselves.
Bayside Triathlon Club, including members Merryn Hancox (front), Bill Bardsley, Shanan Wr
Bayside Triathlon Club, including members Merryn Hancox (front), Bill Bardsley, Shanan Wright, Karen Gorman, and Elaine McNamara, is calling for changes to cyclist behaviour on Beach Rd. Picture: Chris Eastman
Moorabbin acting Inspector John Cormack said “aggressive” and “competitive” Hell Riders using Beach Rd as a racetrack were endangering other road users.
He urged them to “behave like decent road users” and called on those involved to avoid the event completely.
“I don’t think it’s productive; riding in such large numbers has a great deal of risk around it for themselves and other people on the roads,” Insp Cormack said.
“When we get groups of 60 to 80 people, they do pose a risk to road users; they can be quite aggressive in nature.
“We’d hate to see any more serious injuries that are connected with that particular ride.”
Insp Cormack said the Hell Riders were more moderate when there was a greater police presence, but ultimately wanted all cyclists to “self-regulate and behave on the roads as they should be.”
The calls come after a crash on March 7 when at least eight people were injured on Beach Rd when a Hell Rider clipped a cyclist.
The Hell Ride is an informal high-speed cycling race held every Saturday morning from Black Rock to Mount Eliza and can include as many as 200 riders.
State Labor Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson said the Hell Ride was of great concern to the area and he would be raising the issue with Victoria Police and relevant ministers.

BIKE LAWS

— Cyclists can’t ride more than two abreast
— Must give way to other vehicles when lane changing
— Must stop at traffic lights and stop signs


http://m.heraldsun.com.au/leader/inner-south/police-tell-hells-ride-cyclists-to-stop-using-beach-rd-as-a-racetrack/story-fngnvli9-1227284653470

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