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Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Victoria's Cycling Strategy Bicycle Network Victoria blames unsafe cycling behaviour problem on increased cycling participation and inadequate cycling infrastructure Herald Sun February 13, 2013 and Comment by Pete Dowe Focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” may be Negligent. Ride2School

“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).


In fact Bicycle Network Victoria has blamed the unsafe cycling behaviour problem on the increase in cycling participation and inadequate cycling infrastructure.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said a morning-peak ride to work in Melbourne now felt “like a packed crowd at the MCG”.
“To some extent we have become a victim of our own success. The huge increase in riding is outstripping the provision of decent facilities by the State Government and councils,” he said.

“The crush is getting so bad in some places that riders are starting to get stroppy because there is just not enough space to ride safely.

“Riders like to use their trips to unwind and leave the troubles of the world behind, but the overcrowding of bike lanes is putting everyone on edge.”

The popularity of the bike lanes has led to cycle rage, with faster riders infuriated at being unable to overtake slower cyclists, and some riders forced to swerve into traffic resulting in crashes and near-misses.

 Some women report feeling too intimidated to ride.

Herald Sun Feb 23rd 2016


"The fact so many new riders were taking to the roads meant there were a big group of "newbie" cyclists who had yet to learn the best way to conduct themselves on the roads,”
"the fact infrastructure in Melbourne had not kept up with the huge increase in cycling numbers was a factor in tensions between cyclists and motorists."
Gary Brennan
Bicycle Network Victoria 

Herald Sun February 13, 2013

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-          Why then ought the “Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources seek to “make it easier for people to take up riding” or focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation”
-          without first giving citizens an informed choice as to the risks involved and risk reduction behaviour,
-          without addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification
-          and without providing adequate cycling infrastructure?

I argue that the Victorian Government
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources policy of “making it easier for people to take up riding” or its focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” without first addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification and inadequate cycling infrastructure
“may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”


“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).  
Cycling behaviour modification is best addressed off road before people take up cycling.
If cycling is to be a serious form of transport and I argue cycling should be a serious form of transport then the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Victorian Cycling Community and Victoria’s Cycling Strategy must take Cyclists’ responsibilities seriously.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate







Tensions rise between cyclists and motorists in Melbourne

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Controversial: A cyclist shares the road with cars in the CBD. Picture: Ian Currie
MELBOURNE'S cycling boom is causing extreme tension between motorists and cyclists according to callers who jammed a radio station today to complain about dangerous cycling and assaults.
When lines were opened during a discussion about the city's "cycling revolution" on ABC radio, the switch was jammed with drivers and pedestrians ringing to report being assaulted, run-down, or threatened by riders.
Which side are you on? Have your say below.
One man told of how he momentarily lost control of his car on Beach Rd after a cyclist tossed the contents of his water bottle into his face through the window after an altercation.
Another said he had been the victim of a hit-run by a cyclist on the Yarra Trail track, in which he had bones broken.
He said the speeding cyclists responsible failed to stop.
A mother who lives near part of the Yarra track said she was keen to use it but feared taking her child there due to the dangerous riding of speeding cyclists.
Another caller accused cycle commuters on the track of "trying to set a PB (personal best) time every day" on the way to and from work, putting pedestrians on the shared track at risk.
Several callers rang to say Beach Rd had become unacceptably dangerous for drivers on weekends due to large groups of riders who sometimes rode three abreast, which is legal during overtaking.
Others said so many incidents were occurring that cyclists must be registered so they could be identified, and some called mandatory insurance to be introduced for riders, as is necessary for vehicle drivers.
Bicycle Network Victoria's Gary Brennan said the fact infrastructure in Melbourne had not kept up with the huge increase in cycling numbers was a factor in tensions between cyclists and motorists.
"Part of the reason why there's conflict is there will always be conflict when there is constraint on access (to roads)," he said.
The fact so many new riders were taking to the roads meant there were a big group of "newbie" cyclists who had yet to learn the best way to conduct themselves on the roads, he said.
Also, some "outlier" cyclists were "doing stupid things" and creating risks by using apps to record competing times on some segments of busy commuter bike paths.
A caller who claimed to have clocked cyclists at 35km/h on some stretches of Gardiner's Creek path was probably correct, he said.
In fact, Mr Brennan said he had clocked riders doing 40km/h on a stretch between Toorak Road and Waverley.
A "small group" of riders was involved, he said, and they were likely to "come unstuck" because if they did cause a serious injury and their times on the app were seen by courts they would be at risk of charges.
He said Melbourne cycling standards and behaviour were better than that in other large Australian cities, because fines were higher.
He was optimistic relations between drivers and cyclists would improve, because so many Melburnians are taking up cycling that soon there will be few people who don't know someone who has abandoned cars for bikes, and this would make more drivers sympathetic to the needs and problems of cyclists.


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/radio-station-flooded-with-calls-about-biffo-between-cyclists-and-motorists/story-e6frf7kx-1226577272903

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