Monday, June 3, 2013

Pedestrian Death Fatality Hit & Killed by Speeding Cyclist Ran Red Light 'fearing hit from behind' Negligence Road Rule 126 Safe Stopping Distance Road Rule 151 Two Abreast Road Rule 253 Traffic Hazard Bunch Size Rec. Max. 20 Riders The Age March 30th 2007 and VicRoads CrashStats Hell Ride Unofficial Road Race Beach Road Bunch Cycling No Stopping Zone






77 yo Man Died

Saturday 8.30AM August 26th 2006

Mentone Lifesaving Club Pedestrian Crossing

Beach Road, Kingston, Melbourne


VicRoads CrashStats







This Blog strongly opposes certain reforms


VicRoads is currently considering:


"under one suggested reform, 

cyclists could be allowed to treat red lights as Give Way signs. 

And the same could also APPLY at pedestrian lights."   

Also

"PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;"



"ALLOWING all riders to use the footpath, provided that they give way to pedestrians."

Herald Sun 12.9.14






VicRoads CrashStats

“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.”


CycleSport Victoria and Amy Gillett Foundation submission to Coroner Johnstone’s inquest into the death of James Gould.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/rider-ran-red-light-fearing-collision/2007/03/29/1174761667477.html

According to the statement, Raisin-Shaw told the officer: 

"We got caught at the lights just as half made it through. 

I was braking and everyone in the left stopped, they were yelling out 

'rolling, rolling' from behind. 

I didn't want to stop suddenly because I was worried about being hit from behind."

"Raisin-Shaw told police in a tape-recorded interview tendered to the court that the light was red when he entered the crossing but he felt he could not have stopped safely.

"My fear was that braking heavily would cause me to cause an accident."


He did not realise there was a pedestrian at the crossing until he felt the impact with Mr Gould.

"My impression was that there was no one at the crossing," he told police.

"I can't tell you why — why I didn't see him — but I didn't see him standing there."

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/rider-ran-red-light-fearing-collision/2007/03/29/1174761667477.html

Road Rule 126. Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles

A driver must drive a sufficient distance behind a vehicle 
travelling in front of the driver so the driver can, 

if necessary, stop safely to avoid a collision with the vehicle.
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_reg/rsrr2009208/s126.html


“Most rules in the Road Rules apply to bicycle riders in the same way

as they apply to drivers—

There are some other rules that are for bicycle riders only,

or that have exceptions for bicycle riders.”


Road Rules Victoria 1999



Rider ran red light 'fearing collision'


Dan Harrison and Ben Doherty
March 30, 2007
William Raisin-Shaw and James Gould.
William Raisin-Shaw and James Gould.

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THE "Hell Ride" cyclist who collided with an elderly man who later died of his injuries told police he ran a red light because he was worried other cyclists would strike him from behind.
William Raisin-Shaw has admitted hitting James Gould, 77, last August as Mr Gould crossed Beach Road in Mentone.
The cyclist was one of a large group participating in the Hell Ride, an informal weekly 75-kilometre high-speed ride through Melbourne's bayside suburbs.
Coroner Graeme Johnstone, conducting the inquest into Mr Gould's death, has condemned the ride, saying a dangerous "pack mentality" existed among cyclists which police needed to counter.
Melbourne's cycling community has backed the calls, with Bicycle Victoria general manager Harry Barber saying that while the vast majority of cyclists obeyed road rules, the Hell Riders were "cycling's equivalent of Bay 13".
Raisin-Shaw, 30, of St Kilda, has been charged with failing to stop at pedestrian lights, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of $215. He declined to give evidence yesterday.
Senior Constable Robert Hudson told the inquest Raisin-Shaw had approached him at the scene of the incident and admitted he had collided with Mr Gould.
"He said, 'I hit the pedestrian'," Senior Constable Hudson said in a witness statement tendered to the court.
According to the statement, Raisin-Shaw told the officer: "We got caught at the lights just as half made it through. I was braking and everyone in the left stopped, they were yelling out 'rolling, rolling' from behind. I didn't want to stop suddenly because I was worried about being hit from behind."

Mr Barber said Beach Road, which is used by up to 5000 cyclists every weekend, had become safer in recent months.

"People are tightening up the rules," he said. "If a rider runs a red light, other riders are telling them, 'If you're going to ride like that then, I'm sorry, but you can't ride with us'."


But he said a greater police presence would deter flagrant law breakers.

"What needs to be done is more policing … we need to have a more consistent policing approach to make it really hard for these people to behave the way they do."

Raisin-Shaw told police in a tape-recorded interview tendered to the court that the light was red when he entered the crossing but he felt he could not have stopped safely. "My fear was that braking heavily would cause me to cause an accident."

He did not realise there was a pedestrian at the crossing until he felt the impact with Mr Gould.

"My impression was that there was no one at the crossing," he told police.

"I can't tell you why — why I didn't see him — but I didn't see him standing there."

He told police he had been on his "fourth or fifth" Hell Ride on the day of the collision.

Police say they patrol Beach Road on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with officers from the traffic management unit at Kingston and Bayside rostered on every weekend.

The inquest has adjourned before final submissions next month.

NSW Police traffic services head Superintendent John Hartley said police ignore most cycling offences they witness because of the difficulty in apprehending or identifying the bike rider.



"There are certainly some operational issues in trying to stop cyclists because they are quite mobile and police are usually on foot or in a car," Supt Hartley said.

"You can't identify the cyclist because there are no registration details on them.
"Most offences a police officer sees wouldn't be stopped or fined because of the factors in trying to stop that cyclist."



"What needs to be done is more policing … we need 

to have a more consistent policing approach to 

make it really hard for these people to behave the 

way they do."

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