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Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Bunch Cycling Cycle code to defuse Perth road rage tensions Perth Now June 26th 2016 CYCLISTS riding two abreast is legal but “not always the right thing to do”, according to a new code of conduct by WestCycle Riding two abreast. If riding in the same (lane) please consider other road users and, if necessary, change to single file to allow drivers to overtake safely.VicRoads. "Victoria’s cycling strategy Focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” may be Negligent" Pete Dowe “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



“Yes it’s legal to ride two abreast, but it’s not always the right thing to do. Be courteous of traffic and if there is build-up behind and it’s safe to do so, move to single file and allow the traffic to pass,” Mr Fulton said.

When riding on shared paths, cyclists are urged to show pedestrians “the same courtesy and respect that we expect from motorists: give sufficient distance when passing; ring your bell in advance to avoid alarming them; be patient”.


Perth Now June 26th 2016


           Riding two abreast. 

If riding in the same (lane) please consider other road users and, if necessary, change to single file to allow drivers to overtake safely.

            VicRoads BikeRiders RoadRulesAndFines


Riding two abreast Road Rule 151: 


Bike riders must not ride alongside more than one other rider in a single marked lane or on any part of a road that is not a multi-lane road unless the bike rider is overtaking another bike rider. 




Good Bunch Thumbs Up!

This photo was taken by Pete Dowe on Beach Road at 9.05am on Saturday July 10th 2010

at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, Bayside, Melbourne, Australia




“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















West Cycle chief executive Matt Fulton at Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth, where he spoke about the new code of conduct for cyclists. Picture: Marie Nirme

Cycle code to defuse Perth road rage tensions

CYCLISTS riding two abreast is legal but “not always the right thing to do”, according to a new code of conduct by WestCycle, the state’s peak cycling group.
The code is due to be released soon and has guidelines for cyclists and motorists to ease tensions on WA roads and reduce ugly encounters with pedestrians on shared paths.
WestCycle chief executive Matt Fulton conceded not all cyclists would like every aspect of the new code but said it was designed to tackle the “culture of road rage that has developed into tensions between bike riders and drivers and pedestrians”.
The code addresses riding two abreast — one of the biggest bugbears of motorists.
“Yes it’s legal to ride two abreast, but it’s not always the right thing to do. Be courteous of traffic and if there is build-up behind and it’s safe to do so, move to single file and allow the traffic to pass,” Mr Fulton said.
The code has advice for motorists as well, aiming to “debunk common misconceptions”.
“Riders don’t ride a metre out from the kerb to be arrogant, they do so to be predictable and to avoid swerving at the last minute to avoid obstacles and drains,” Mr Fulton said.
“And riders don’t ride in the entire lane to be arrogant, they do so to be visible and to ensure their safety in particular circumstances. For example, if they are concerned that there is insufficient room for cars to overtake them they may ‘claim the lane’.”






Cyclists on Mounts Bay Road early in the morning.

It’s understood there is a push within government for the Road Trauma Trust Account, which takes speed and red light camera revenue, to fund an education campaign aimed at cyclists.
Mr Fulton said the new code of conduct was backed by the Road Safety Commission.
Cyclists are told to ride in groups of no more than 30, to ride consistently and predictably, obey all road rules and to “acknowledge drivers and show appreciation”.
When riding on shared paths, cyclists are urged to show pedestrians “the same courtesy and respect that we expect from motorists: give sufficient distance when passing; ring your bell in advance to avoid alarming them; be patient”.
Mr Fulton said Perth was the cycling capital of Australia with “some brilliant infrastructure and ideal riding conditions”, and 600,000 people riding a bike each week. But he said tension on the road was “one of the biggest issues” cyclists faced.
“To be clear, there is a small percentage of all parties that do the wrong thing and this is tarnishing the names of all,” the WestCycle boss said.
“As bike riders we can’t control the behaviour of drivers. We can only hold ourselves to impeccable standards and hope that this in turn generates respect among the community. It’s our way of putting out the olive branch.
“Everyone has the right to get home to their loved ones at the end of the day.”
CODE OF CONDUCT
RIDING IN GROUPS
— Group size should never be more than 30 riders
— Every group ride should nominate a ride leader who is responsible for the group
— Every group should have a pre-ride briefing
— Riding two abreast – yes it’s legal to ride two abreast, but it’s not always the right thing to do. Be courteous of traffic and if there is build up behind and it’s safe to do so move to single file and allow the traffic to pass
— Ride consistently and predictably
— The guide will contain a set of calls and signals to try to get consistency between groups, making it safer for people to ride with other groups without need to learn an entire new riding ‘language’
— Acknowledge drivers and show appreciation
RIDING ON YOUR OWN
— Make yourself visible at roundabouts and intersections
— Watch for opening doors and cars pulling out of driveways/parking spaces
— Ride to the conditions
— When riding on shared paths show the same courtesy and respect to pedestrians that we expect from motorists give sufficient distance when passing; ring your bell in advance to avoid alarming them; be patient
DRIVING AROUND CYCLISTS
The guide aims to debunk some of the common misconceptions:
- Riders don’t ride a meter out from the kerb to be arrogant, they do so to be predictable and to avoid serving at the last minute to avoid obstacles and drains
- Riders don’t ride in the entire lane to be arrogant, they do so to be visible and to ensure there safety in particular circumstances. For example, if they are concerned that there is insufficient room for cars to overtake them they may ‘claim the land’ to make it obvious that this is the case
- Give sufficient distance when passing 1m when 60km/h or less; 1.5m when greater than 60km/h
- Check for riders when opening car doors
Source: Key points of a draft new code of conduct written by WestCycle, WA’s peak bike group.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the code of conduct showed there was more to cycle safety than just obeying the road rules.
“I’m someone that cycles quite a bit and what I’d like to see, and what WestCycle is encouraging, is to get a greater awareness about what the rules are on the road are, but also what is a common courtesy,” he said.
“I think a great example of that is it’s lawful for cyclists to ride two abreast on the road because it means they’re more visible. However, it’s courteous behaviour, if you know traffic is banked up a long way behind you, you should move into single file to allow traffic through.”
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said it was “more important than ever that every Western Australian understands that they must share the road”.
“Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all need to look out for each other and accept they will cross paths ... and should all remain respectful,” she said.
RAC general manager of corporate affairs Will Golsby said cycling “needs to be prioritised as a safe and convenient mode of transport to provide people with more transport options” as Perth became the “most congested capital in the country”.
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said he was looking forward to seeing the final code and was assessing a grant to further fund its creation.




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