Friday, January 29, 2016

Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Victoria's Cycling Strategy “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” Cycling Deaths Fatalities Risk Reduction Informed Choice Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent




Cycling is about safe exercise and safe low emission travel.
-        “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).
-        Therefore it matters very much how people take up riding.
-        "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”
Gary Brennan
Bicycle Network Victoria
   Herald Sun   February 13, 2013
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-        The focus must be on cycling behaviour modification to ensure that cyclists are behaving in a safe and lawful manner, and not simply on encouraging more cyclists.
-        While “Dooring” is a cycling safety issue in the wider community or collisions with car doors opened onto traffic,
-        Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents/Bike Falls or from Riding from the footpath onto the Road or Crossing than Dooring
-        and more likely to be seriously injured by Bicycle Alone Accidents/Bike Falls and Riding from the Footpath onto the Road or Crossing than from Dooring.
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-        Dooring accounts for one cyclist fatality,
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-        in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013  
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-        and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 
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-        according to VicRoads CrashStats.
-        Whereas Nine cyclists were fatally injured
-        and 510 cyclists were seriously injured
-        riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing DCA 147 and DCA 148
-        during the same period.
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-        From Jan 2006 – 31/12/2012 Vic Roads Crash Stats records that there have been
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Five cyclist fatalities in its calendar year summary 
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from bicycle alone accident, bike falls
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-        This also give pause for those of advancing years who believe cycling is healthy low-impact exercise.
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-         From Jan 2003 – 31/12/2012 Vic Roads Crash Stats also records
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-        325 serious injuries from bicycle alone accidents
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-        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."
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"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes. 
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These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations." 
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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 behavior,
-        without addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification
-        and inadequate cycling infrastructure?

I argue that the “Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

"has a duty of care to ensure that reasonable action is taken to minimise the risk of harm to anyone who is reasonably likely to be affected by the department's activities.”
I argue that the Victorian Government
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
 “may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate



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