Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby djw47 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:59 pm

Not seen any mention of this on the site.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/cycli ... 31fhy.html

Anybody know exactly what happened? As a regular user of that route, I'm a bit shocked that it could have happened - there but for the grace of God and all that. Can only imagine the cyclists were haring down the hill, as we all do, and were simply not seen by the driver until too late. Tragic.
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by BNA » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:15 pm

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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby dalai47 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:15 pm

djw47 wrote:Anybody know exactly what happened?


According to the brother who is a member on the transitions tri forum "ute reversed onto the road out of a driveway"
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby flex5150 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:30 pm

Driver didnt reverse, came out nose first. Blind corner very tight. Bad for both parties. Both riders were hugging the fog line rather than out toward the centre line. No one really to blame, just very unfortunate.
The driver is being charged with fail to give way but I dont expect it will get far given the circumstances.

Just down from the Kalorama General store on a bend you will see small yellow markings on the road. Check it out for yourselves and you'll see what I mean.
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby dalai47 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:42 pm

Thanks for the clarification flex5150.
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby danny the boy » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:02 pm

Are we talking the bend where Inverness Rd comes up?
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby flex5150 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:13 pm

Either that bend or the next one along up the hill.
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby mexicanmagic » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:14 pm

I was going down that hill from Skyhigh at 9:30am on Sat and then returned back up. A lot of riders around on Sat morning and its terrible to think whilst I was riding in the area someone died in an accident. My thoughts are with his family and its a wakeup call for me. I've always felt pretty safe up there with the number of riders around but accidents can happen with the worst possible consequence with the speed you can gain going down the mountain.
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby defy1 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:52 pm

Can someone point the exact location on google maps?
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby djw47 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:02 am

defy1 wrote:Can someone point the exact location on google maps?


https://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=kalor ... toria&z=18

I cycled past it on Saturday, the driveway is really steep and cut into the hill so there's no way anybody could easily see the traffic without edging out a little bit. It's also on a really bad, blind corner so it seems like whoever was pulling out must have clipped the cyclist coming round the corner. There's yellow marks painted on the road where it happened, there was also a pic of the two mangled bikes in the local free paper this week in the Dandenongs, the wheel of one of the bikes is utterly destroyed.
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Re: Cyclist dies in the Dandenongs

Postby mexicanmagic » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:17 pm

I saw the spot on Sat also and whilst I have riden past the spot many times before I only just appreciated how bad it is. I don't know how the residents live with such a dangerous blind corner. Just a tragic accident and its made me seriously think about how I normally fly down those hills in the Dandenong's.
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