Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cycling Bayside Council Pete Dowe's Speech to: April 30th 2013 BeachRoadCyclingNoStoppingZones & BaysideLeader

Beach Road Weekend Morning No Stopping Zones

Pete Dowe’s Speech to Bayside Council
April 30th 2013



“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
if you want to be treated equally”

Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009
“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009

12 months ago Bayside Councillors supported Beach Road No Stopping Zones not on merit,

but out of fatalism.

That 10,000 cyclists are already out on Beach Road, and that there’s nothing we can do about the behaviour problem.

which Marcel Lema of Beach Road Cyclists defined on Stateline on September 1st2006, as 

“Probably 80 to 90 per cent of cyclists that are on Beach Road today have a very low set of skills…” http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/vic/content/2006/s1731063.htm

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

No Stopping Zones or a Parking Ban was put on the agenda by deeming parked cars as a public liability issue/ hazard for cyclists.

If we are going to address public liability in relation to community safety, as we should,

we must look at the public liability aspect of a cycling promotion which focuses solely on participation.

Bicycle Victoria/ Bicycle Network Victoria's advocacy/ promotion of cycling 

is centred on participation. 

They claim that the reputed health benefits of

any kind of cycling more often

far outweigh the risks of death and serious injury.

This is just plain untrue. 

Bicycle Victoria’s own Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) found that 

cyclists who break the law 

are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.

https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla/file/2002_Deaths_report.pdf

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s 2006 Report
Deaths of Cyclists due to Road Crashes

Found 

"In over 60 per cent of (fatal) crashes, 

the cyclist was deemed to be ‘responsible’ for the action that precipitated the fatal crash.”
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/2006/pdf/death_cyclists_road.pdf

If cyclists do not engage in risk reduction, i.e obey the road rules,

they are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.

To lower the standard for road usage to simply one of participation or "on yer bike"

is to promote cycling in such a way that cyclists are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.

Therefore a promotion of cycling which focuses on inexperienced participation with optional road rule compliance would certainly appear to have Public Liability issues.

It is time we, as a society, realised that cycling health and fitness

by reducing the risks of road trauma 

is much more important than the participation rate.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate



No-stopping ban to stay 

Jon Andrews

Bayside Leader May 7th 2013


Cr Felicity Frederico said it was imperative Beach Rd was made safe for everyone.

‘‘ The onus on us is to make it as safe as possible for all,’’ she said.

COUNCIL TO CONTINUE TRIAL FOR ANOTHER YEAR

THE weekend morning Beach Rd no-stopping ban will stay for at least another year.
Bayside Council on April 30 agreed to continue the trial; a Saturday and Sunday 6-10am restriction that aims to boost cyclist safety.

The council struck a deal with the previous Labor State Government to implement a trial of weekend morning parking bans in exchange for $1.5 million in State funding for improvements such as paths, pedestrian refuges and parking bays.

But only $500,000 — for the Beaumaris mixed- use Bay Trail extension — has so far been provided.

The current Liberal State Government has told the council it won’t be providing the remaining $1 million due to a ‘‘challenging economic environment’’.

At the latest council meeting it was decided to continue with the trial while waiting on crash statistics.

Cr Felicity Frederico said it was imperative Beach Rd was made safe for everyone.
‘‘ The onus on us is to make it as safe as possible for all,’’ she said.

The council will review the issue again in June next year.

Roads Minister Terry Mulder told council funds were not available in April.

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