Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cycling Safety Cycling Safely "Riders rally to protest ‘oppressive’ new laws" Daily Telegraph February 17, 2016 “Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria 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 "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria

Cycling is about safe exercise and safe low emission travel.

The health and fitness objective is undermined where the means of exercise is unsafe.

"Our review of cycling deaths shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured".  

Bicycle Victoria (2002)

"In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the

action that precipitated the fatal crash.” 

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 2006

“Cyclists who want motorists to share the road have got to do the same themselves. 

It really annoys us to see cyclists breaking the law as they are endangering themselves and others but also giving cyclists a bad name...” 

Bicycle Victoria/ Bicycle Network Victoria as previously stated on its website

Therefore it matters very much how people take up riding.

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.

Law enforcement is a cycling safety measure.

So law enforcement capability/ reliable photo identification and law enforcement/ traffic infringement penalties are a disincentive to unsafe, illegitimate, careless and reckless cycling participation?

So it should be!

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 "The huge increase in riding is outstripping the provision of decent facilities by the State Government and councils".

“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.

“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.”

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
-        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.
-        Dooring accounts 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.
-        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.
-        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
-         -         

-        Why then ought Government seek to “make it easier for people to take up riding” or focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” without

-       1) first providing citizens with an informed choice as to the risks involved and risk reduction behaviour,
-       2) without addressing cyclists’ behaviour modification
-       3) and without providing adequate cycling infrastructure?

I argue that Government 
"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 Government
 “may be found to be negligent where a failure to take reasonable care results in some injury or loss.”
Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Riders rally to protest ‘oppressive’ new laws

Ryan Lonsdale, NSW manager of Bicycle Network, with a giant bicycle licence ahead of tomorrow’s protest against sweeping changes to cycling regulations.
A fortnight from the introduction of sweeping changes to cycling legislation, biking enthusiasts from around Sydney are gearing up to protest what they claim are unfairly restrictive laws brought in under the guise of safety regulations.
Cycling organisation Bicycle Network has organised a rally to start at 7.30am tomorrow to protest what chief executive Craig Richards said were unfair laws which “oppress” a particular group of people.
“What we really want is for these proposed (regulations) … stopped so they don’t pass into law,” Mr Richards said.
Ian Cocks, Ryan Lonsdale and Alex Carpenter are protesting with thousands of cyclists across NSW against the legislations slated for introduction on March 1.
“While this rally isn’t ­parliament, it’s a strong message to the elected representatives of the people.”
In December last year, Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced legislation to treble fines for cyclists who break the law, force cyclists to carry ID at all times, and require that drivers keep a minimum distance of 1m when passing cyclists.
From March 1, fines will increase from a catch-all $71 penalty for riding without a helmet to $319, while cyclists running a red light will now incur a penalty of $425.
Bicycle Network has been riding around the city over the past fortnight with an oversized licence, hoping to show how ridiculous they believe the regulations are.
“In reality this is just a licence scheme.
“It’s one group of people that have to carry their identification and there’s no reason why it should be (us),” Mr Richards said.
“To oppress one group of people is outrageous, brought in under the guise of safety.
“There is no way that carrying a licence reduces the chances of having a crash, or lessens the severity of injuries.”
Roads minister Duncan Gay announced the legislation in December last year.
Mr Richards also said that the penalties could discourage people from cycling around the city.
“The big worry, both because of congestion and because so few people get enough physical exercise, is that we want to encourage people, and here we are putting two more restrictions on people using active transport,” he said. “The increase in fines is just a huge amount and has no basis.”
Mr Richards encouraged all cyclists to comply with the road rules.
“They are they to look after us, and we encourage all bike riders to follow the road rules.”
Bicycle NSW yesterday presented a petition with 10,000 signatures to the State Government demanding the proposed fines and mandatory photo ID be rescinded because they risked hampering the growth and safety of cycling.
The rally highlighting opposition to the changes will be held from 7.30am tomorrow outside Parliament House in Martin Place between Macquarie and Phillip streets.

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