“Our review of cycling deaths shows that 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
“Cyclists who break the law are doing themselves and other cyclists no favours
with their behaviour.”
Should cycling safety be about blame?
or responsibility for a cyclist's own safety and reducing the risk of road trauma?
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (2006) found that cyclists were responsible for a majority (60%) of fatal cycle crashes.
Being deemed "technically blame-less" in a fatal collision
doesn't bring a cyclist back from the dead!
Road Safety Advocate
action that precipitated the fatal crash.
This was particularly the case in crashes at intersections where the cyclist was either riding through the intersection on the road or moving from the footway onto the intersection.
Cyclists were also found to be primarily responsible in other crashes where the cyclist moved from the footway to the road."
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 2006
Report to VicRoads recommends cyclists be blameless in any crash with a driver
- Herald Sun
- June 25, 2015
A host of changes to road rules has been recommended to VicRoads as part of the wideranging cycling road rules review it commissioned.
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Council officers also suggested riders being allowed to ride through pedestrian crossing without having to dismount and raising the prospect of permitting riders to turn left at red lights.
These council reforms did not form part of the final recommendations.
There were 10,450 people and most, especially bike riders, did not view cycling as safe in Victoria, citing drivers’ negative attitudes towards cyclists, lack of riding infrastructure, fears of car doorings and problems with road design.
“Participants agreed there are significant barriers to bicycle riding in Victoria. The main barriers were thought to be the lack of respect shown to bicycle riders and the lack of bicycle riding infrastructure,” the report said.
Cyclists talking on mobile phones is illegal but riders can only be taken to court and penalised, making it difficult for police to enforce the law.
It would bring consistency when enforcing the law for drivers and riders.
It is also suggested that when motorists are turning left, they be required to give way to cyclists who had a green bicycle crossing light.
The report found strong opposition to introducing licensing and registration for bicycles, and there would be heavy “resistance” if any laws changed requiring cyclists to ride single file.
Data contained in the report shows between 2004 and 2013 there were 29,181 cycling-related crashes with 84 people killed and 4447 receiving serious injuries.