Saturday, November 10, 2012

BeachRoadCyclingNoStoppingZones Driver Frustration Video



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP1FpSW6YC4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTUC7mCJMf2Vm0_UCWxR7og

“It is recommended that groups do not exceed 20 cyclists in total as it becomes extremely difficult for other cyclists and motorists to ‘pass the bunch’.  Code of Conduct for Training Cyclists               

From my observations motorists overwhelmingly give bunch cyclists a wide berth for fear of hurting riders and being accountable for any harm caused.


Driver frustration caused in overtaking, with a view to cyclists’ safety, extremely oversized bunches of up to 100 cyclists or more, causes motorists to go well on to the wrong side of the road.

Motorists’ safety in giving cyclists a wide berth is not helped by cyclists in more than one lane pushing motorists over the centre line in order to give cyclists a metre clearance. http://www.amygillett.org.au/a-metre-matters

“A metre matters” for motorists too if cyclists push them over the centre line on to the wrong side of the road into the path of oncoming traffic.

Bicycle Victoria also campaigned for Beach Road No Stopping Zones to address driver frustration:

“The almost continuous stream of riders is forced to flow around the parked car and into the centre travel lane, frustrating drivers.” http://www.bv.com.au/change-the-world/11248/

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Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

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.

Tip: When riding two abreast bike riders cannot (as stated) ride more than two abreast in any single marked lane on that road

(unless, as stated, overtaking another bike rider) but may ride more than two abreast across multiple lanes.

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

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferRiders/BikeRiders/RoadRulesAndFines.htm
Riding two abreast

Rule: 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.

On multi-lane roads, marked lane (and regardless of whether the road is a multi-lane road or any other sort of road), bike riders in that marked lane must not ride more than 1.5 metres apart.

Tip: When riding two abreast bike riders cannot (as stated) ride more than two abreast in any single marked lane on that road

(unless, as stated, overtaking another bike rider) but may ride more than two abreast across multiple lanes.

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

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferRiders/BikeRiders/RoadRulesAndFines.htm
Road Rule 247. Riding in a bicycle lane on a road

The rider of a bicycle riding on a length of road with a bicycle lane designed for bicycles travelling
in the same direction as the rider must ride in the bicycle lane unless it is impracticable to do so.

Lane markings

Rule: A bike rider must use the bicycle lane if there is a bicycle lane on a length of road in the same direction as they are riding
(unless there are obstacles in their way, i.e. parked cars, debris etc).

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferRiders/BikeRiders/RoadRulesAndFines.htm

Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate





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