Monday, November 9, 2015

Cycling Safety Cycling Safely "Dooring" TAC issues ‘Rider Reminder’ rubber tabs for door handles to stop ‘doorings’ Herald Sun November 9, 2015 and Comment by Pete Dowe “Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents/ Bike Falls and Riding on the Footpath onto the Road or Crossing than Dooring” Pete Dowe Cycling Deaths Fatalities Risk Reduction Informed Choice Inadequate Cycling Infrastructure Victoria's Cycling Strategy Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent “Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)




“Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents Bike Falls than Dooring and more likely to be seriously injured by Bike Falls”

Pete Dowe




“Dooring” is a cycling safety issue in the wider community Collisions with car doors opened onto traffic or “dooring” (DCA 163) 

account for one cyclist fatality,

in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013  



and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 

according to VicRoads CrashStats.





From Jan 2006 – 31/12/2012 Vic Roads Crash Stats records that there have been


Five cyclist fatalities in its calendar year summary 


from bicycle alone accident, bike falls




This also give pause for those of advancing years who believe cycling is healthy low-impact exercise.

 From Jan 2003 – 31/12/2012 Vic Roads Crash Stats also records

325 serious injuries from bicycle alone accidents

 
According to Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)
“Around 80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes that do not involve motor vehicles."

"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes. 


These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations." 




Pete Dowe


 


Comment by Pete Dowe

I commend the TAC for its Rider Reminder Rubber Tabs and also commend the Victorian Taxi Association for its Check for Bikes stickers on the inside of Taxi doors.
I also support signage in strip-shopping centres re "Dooring" as "Dooring" mostly occurs un-surprisingly in strip-shopping centres: with lines of cars and people getting in and out.
Strip-shopping centres are also unsafe routes for cycling particularly where trams are also involved: i.e Sydney Rd, Brunswick St, Chapel St, Glenferrie Rd

“Dooring” is a common cycling accident type “on the radar” with the wider Victorian community,

but as part of the emphasis on other road users’ behaviour not cyclists'.

Collisions with vehicle doors opened onto traffic or “dooring” (DCA 163)* accounts for one cyclist fatality,

and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats.

Yet Nine cyclists were fatally injured riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing (DCA 148)* in Victoria during the same period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats.

There were also 510 cyclists seriously injured riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing during the same period.

The lion’s share of these fatalities and serious injuries also occurred to cyclists over 12 years of age riding on the footpath.

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 DCA 147 and DCA 148 during the same period

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

Therefore increasing the legal age limit for cyclists to ride on the footpath above 12 years of age does not better protect cyclists.

Yet riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing is not a cycling safety issue in the wider community!


* Police use the Definition for Classifying Accidents (DCA) when reporting the geometry and circumstance of a crash.

Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate






 "Check for Bikes"  Victorian Taxi Association

Inside Rear-Passenger Door Silver Top Taxi Melbourne, Victoria, Australia




TAC issues ‘Rider Reminder’ rubber tabs for door handles to stop ‘doorings’







Boyd Fraser shows just how far an open car door can intrude into the bike lane. Picture: Mark Wilson
ONE life has been lost and more than 100 cyclists have been injured in Stonnington in the past decade, Transport Accident Commission (TAC) data reveals.
Dooring was highlighted by the TAC as a major risk to cyclist safety in the inner suburbs given the prevalence of bicycle riders on these roads, leading to the introduction of a rubber “tactile reminder” that drivers can place on their vehicles.
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All up there have been 120 cyclist hospitalisations from January 2005 to March 2015, with 13 of those requiring a hospital stay of more than two weeks.
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The TAC's ‘Rider Reminder’.
Cycling advocate Boyd Fraser from Toorak called on organisations such as Stonnington Council and the TAC to do more to reduce dangers posed to cyclists.
“I think it’s a pretty courageous cyclist who rides in peak hour traffic on Malvern Rd, High St or Toorak Rd,” Mr Fraser said.
“Other than some little signs that say watch out for cyclists, I don’t see anything meaningful that Stonnington Council has done.”
In an effort to tackle dooring, the TAC has developed the “Rider Reminder” to prompt motorists to check for cyclists before opening car doors.
Doorings, where a motorist opens their car door into oncoming cyclists, has resulted in hundreds of crashes on busy thoroughfares such as St Kilda Rd.
TAC senior road safety manager Samantha Cockfield said the aim of the rubber device was to work as a reminder for people before they stepped out of their vehicle.
“The idea is that motorists will stick it to their interior door handle and it will prompt them to check for cyclists before opening their door,” Ms Cockfield said.
But Mr Fraser said the real message TAC should focus on was teaching people to ride outside of the “door zone” for parked cars, on the outside edge of the bike lane, if possible.
“Quite frankly people don’t look (before opening the car door), unless they’re looking for cars,” Mr Fraser said.
Stonnington Mayor Melina Sehr said the council had a cycling strategy to cover all on-road cycling routes and facilities.
The council also worked with police to monitor new road treatments that would help reduce cyclist incidents on Chapel St, she said.
“We encourage motorists and cyclists to be aware of safe cycling markings already installed in Chapel St — including exclusive bicycle lanes, advanced bicycle standing boxes at intersections with traffic lights and green cycling lanes across all minor intersections,” Cr Sehr said.
The Rider Reminder will be available in leading bike shops and in selected cafes across Melbourne.



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/inner-east/tac-issues-rider-reminder-rubber-tabs-for-door-handles-to-stop-doorings/news-story/59693a6716cdee93d952f3c53822f06d

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