Monday, May 23, 2016

Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Cycling Participation Crashes, red-light roulette sending Victorian riders to hospital Herald Sun May 23, 2016 Victoria's Cycling Strategy 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 "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria Red Light Running Cyclists Collisions with other Cyclists “There are more bike-on-bike crashes simply because there are more riders riding in groups these days,” he said. “And it takes time to acquire the special skills to ride safely in a bunch with other riders." Gary Brennan Bicycle Network Victoria “Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills…” Marcel Lema Stateline, 1/9/2006 Monash University Accident Research Centre data shows almost 2000 cyclists were admitted to hospital in 2014 — up from 1470 in 2012.



“There are more bike-on-bike crashes simply because there are more riders riding in groups these days,” he said. “And it takes time to acquire the special skills to ride safely in a bunch with other riders."

Gary Brennan Bicycle Network Victoria 
Herald Sun May 23rd 2016



“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills…”

Marcel Lema
Stateline, 1/9/2006

90% of an estimated 10,000 cyclists on Beach Road makes 9,000 poorly skilled riders.

According to Monash University Accident Research Centre (2009)


There are “No formal training programs to develop bunch riding skills...”








Crashes, red-light roulette sending Victorian riders to hospital


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City cyclists competing against pedestrians and traffic. Picture: Jay Town
CLUMSY cyclists are crashing into each other, stationary objects, and even a train.
Thousands are also playing red-light roulette, not wearing helmets, and ignoring fines.
Monash University Accident Research Centre data shows almost 2000 cyclists were admitted to hospital in 2014 — up from 1470 in 2012.
Authorities are urging motorists and cyclists, frustrated with each other’s behaviour, to look out for each other on the road and to obey road laws.
Data shows cyclists were involved in 1236 collisions with cars, utilities or vans last year, and in 43 with a bus.
And as the city’s bike lanes become more popular and congested, cyclists are now battling each other for space on the roads.
Authorities are urging motorists and cyclists to look out for each other.
There have been 315 accidents among cyclists in 2012-14, and 268 have crashed into stationary objects.
Many continue to gamble with their lives despite fines of $190 for not wearing a helmet and $379 for running red lights.
Police fined 2408 riders over the past three years for flying through red lights, including 689 last year.
And, despite the obvious dangers, 15,684 were busted for not wearing helmets, 4490 of those last year.
Police admit the figures are just the tip of the iceberg.
“These are the infringements that police have issued. However, there could be more offences that go undetected,” a police spokeswoman said.
Bicycle Victoria has called for more infrastructure on busy cycling routes. Picture: Jay Town
“(Cyclists should) ensure they adhere to the laws, which exist for their safety.”
Bicycle Victoria spokesman Garry Brennan said more infrastructure on busy cycling routes, to separate riders from other road users, was needed to improve safety.
“There are more bike-on-bike crashes simply because there are more riders riding in groups these days,” he said. “And it takes time to acquire the special skills to ride safely in a bunch with other riders.
“There is no excuse for bike riders running red lights, but the number (doing so) pales into insignificance when you compare it with the staggering number of drivers getting caught by red light cameras,” Mr Brennan said.
He said that while regular cyclists wore helmets, some casual riders had not got into the habit of doing so.
“Helmets are a very effective injury prevention measure for bike riders,” he said.
“Our helmet laws have saved the community untold millions of dollars that otherwise would have been spent in brain injury health care costs,” Mr Brennan said.
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