“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”
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
"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."
Comment by Pete Dowe
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
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TAC issues ‘Rider Reminder’ rubber tabs for door handles to stop ‘doorings’
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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“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.