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Cycling Deaths Fatalities 11 Eleven Males Killed Victoria Riding from Footpath, down Driveway onto Road DCA 147 & 148 No Helmet 2003- 2013 VicRoads CrashStats & Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002 & Comment by Pete Dowe Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Victoria's Cycling Strategy Bicycle Alone Accidents Bike Falls Risk Reduction Informed Choice Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent Public Liability Community Safety “Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents/ Bike Falls and Riding on the Footpath onto the Road or Crossing than Dooring” Negligence “Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria "Two of the deceased boys were too young to be on a bicycle unsupervised, and too young to be on the roads at 4 and 5 years of age." Pete Dowe Ride2School



"Two of the deceased boys were too young to be on a bicycle unsupervised, 

and too young to be on the roads at 4 and 5 years of age."


Pete Dowe




“Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents Bike Falls and from Riding from the footpath onto the Road than Dooring and more likely to be seriously injured by Bike Falls and Riding from the Footpath onto the Road”

Pete Dowe



“Dooring” is a cycling safety issue in the wider community Collisions with car doors opened onto traffic or “dooring” (DCA 163) 

account for one cyclist fatality,

in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013  



and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 

according to VicRoads CrashStats.





From Jan 2006 – 31/12/2012 Vic Roads Crash Stats records that there have been

Five cyclist fatalities in its calendar year summary

from bicycle alone accident, bike falls



This also give pause for those of advancing years who believe cycling is healthy low-impact exercise.

 From Jan 2003 – 31/12/2012 Vic Roads Crash Stats also records

325 serious injuries from bicycle alone accidents

 
According to Bicycle Victoria’s Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)
“Around 80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes that do not involve motor vehicles."

"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes.

These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations."

Pete Dowe
 

This blog strongly opposes certain reforms

VicRoads is currently considering:


"under one suggested reform, 


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

Herald Sun 12.9.14








There were eleven cyclist fatalities in Victoria 

caused by the cyclist entering the road from the footpath and driveway (DCA 147 and 148)*

during the period January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013 

according to VicRoads CrashStats.



Ten of the fatalities were caused by the cyclist riding from 

the footpath onto the road (DCA 148) 


and one fatality was caused by the cyclist emerging 

from the driveway onto the road (DCA 147).



All of the eleven deceased were Male.

Six of the eleven deceased 

were boys 13 years or younger.



Six of the eleven deceased were over 12

and therefore illegally on the footpath. 




Two of the deceased boys were too young to be on a bicycle unsupervised, 

and too young to be on the roads at 4 and 5 years of age.



Four of the eleven fatally injured were not wearing bicycle helmets.


They were two men and two boys.



            There were also 621 cyclists seriously injured caused by the cyclist either emerging from the driveway onto the road, 

or riding from the footpath onto the road 

during the period January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013 

according to VicRoads CrashStats.



488 of the 621 seriously injured cyclists were Male.


469 of the 621 seriously injured cyclists 


were over 12 yo and therefore illegally on the footpath.



368 cyclists were seriously injured riding from the footpath onto the road (DCA 148)

289 of these seriously injured cyclists were Male.



Almost 200 Males were seriously injured cycling from the driveway onto the road (DCA 147) 


There were 253 serious injuries caused by the cyclist emerging from the driveway onto the road.


199 were Male. 



73 of those seriously injured were boys under 15.




* DCA: Victoria Police Definition for Classifying an Accident



Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate 






Lessons – Too many children die because they cannot control their bikes and are not “traffic” aware:



  • Supervision is the key. Don’t let your child near the road unsupervised until you are sure they can stop safely and cross roads safely.

      "Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key."



Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002





















"Young people are being killed riding off the footpath 

onto the road"





"Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road." 



"Most (63%) of the fatalities in this group are under 15 and male." (2002)



"This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle crashes."



"This crash type illustrates one of the main problems with footpath riding -

cyclists still have to cross a road at every intersection, including each driveway."





:Riders need to take care when leaving the footpath to cross 

a road or to begin riding on the road."



      "Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key."



The crashes mostly occur on weekdays (90%) from 7am to 11am and 2pm to 7pm. 




They are mostly in metro Melbourne (52%)


and in regional centres, mainly (74%) in 60 and 70km zones.





Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002









      Comment by Pete Dowe



    Cycling Participation: 


Any kind of Cycling More Often?










Pete  Dowe
Road Safety Advocate


Mordialloc Chelsea Leader

April 6th 2009



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