Friday, December 23, 2016

Cycling Beach Road Bunch Cycling Share the Road VIDEO HELL RIDE! Bunch Cycling Safety Bunch Cycling Safely Road Rule 151 Riding Two Abreast "change to single file to allow drivers to overtake safely" VicRoads Cyclist/ Driver Frustration Undue Risks Difficulty Overtaking Cycling Bunches Amy Gillett Foundation CycleSport Victoria Coroner Johnstone Difficulty Stopping Road Rule 126. Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles A bicycle is a vehicle. Road Rage Share the Road A Metre Matters Community Safety Victoria’s cycling strategy Focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” may be Negligent. Cycling Participation Negligence Duty of Care and Comment by 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



“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).

"Sharing the Road means obeying the Road Rules, being predictable 
 and respecting the rights of others who use the road" 

 Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists

“Bicycle Riders may not ride more than two abreast unless overtaking,
three wide is permissible 
whilst the passing group is overtaking in single file.”

Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists

Riding two abreast Road Rule 151

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

 ”when cyclists breach road rules...” in particular the “…cycling specific rule of riding two abreast or three abreast when overtaking, other road users become frustrated and take undue risks and/or show inappropriate aggression often to other cyclists.”

CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone



“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


"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




-          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



Road Rule 126.

Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles

A bicycle is a vehicle.

The CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of Pedestrian James Gould stated:

“The evidence establishes that there can be difficulties,
especially for inexperienced cyclists, in stopping safely 

when traffic lights are red, when they are riding in bunches.”


I argue it is negligent for a cycling bunch to be a “No Stopping Zone”

as it affects the safety of all road users.


Bunch cyclists have a duty of care to each other, and to other road users 

to keep a safe stopping distance behind the bicycle vehicle in front

and to form cycle bunches which can stop safely.


Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate

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