Costs add up as more cyclists take to public roads and suffe

Costs add up as more cyclists take to public roads and suffe

Postby Ross » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:55 am

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-new ... 350pg.html

Slow news day for the Canberra Times by the looks of it. The tone of the article is making out the injured cyclists are rorting the system with these compo payouts. The author (I won't call him a journalist) even admits in the article that he doesn't know how the cyclists were injured. Then he goes onto to talk about pedestrian compo payouts and says the amount claimed is over double what was awarded to the cyclists but justifys this by saying there are tens of thousands of pedestrians and only a few thousand regular cyclists.



Costs add up as more cyclists take to public roads and suffer tumbles
Phillip Thomson
Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.

Canberra's cyclists are involved in an average of four recorded collisions a week, however, many crashes go unreported. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Falling off your bike in Canberra can earn you as much as a year sitting at your desk. Cyclists claiming money from the ACT Insurance Authority after coming off their bikes have been paid as much as $100,000 each, more than the yearly salary of an APS6 public servant.

Three cyclists were paid $45,000, $90,000 and $100,037 respectively.

The money was claimed in the past year from Territory and Municipal Services, which recovered the money from the insurance authority. Total compensation paid by the directorate, which oversees the maintenance of bike paths and roads, totalled $235,037.

The number of cyclists working in the Parliamentary Triangle might be expected to increase with the introduction of paid parking on national land in Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton, a decision that will require public servants to pay $11 a day. The Department of Human Services has introduced paid parking around its Tuggeranong offices.

CLAIMS PAID IN THE PAST YEAR
TAMS $812,783
Health $316,880
Education $308,000
Community Services $115,779
Total $1.55m

It was not known how the three bike riders injured themselves but the executive officer of cycling lobby group Pedal Power, John Armstrong, said there were several cycling facilities in Canberra that needed work.

These included obstructions caused by roadwork along Ginninderra Drive near Lawson

Pedal Power was also appealing to Economic Development Minister Andrew Barr to intervene at Kingston Foreshore, where it said the Land Development Agency had reneged on a promise to provide a thoroughfare for cyclists.

Pedal Power said the promised wide promenade had turned into a shambles as people tried to walk and cycle in an area crowded with outside diners.

''It's a classic case of government instrumentalities not talking to each other,'' Mr Armstrong said.

Canberra's cyclists are involved in an average of four recorded collisions a week, however, many crashes go unreported.

Dozens of crashes have occurred along Northbourne Avenue in the past two years, meaning one of Canberra's busiest roads is also the most hazardous for cyclists.

A total of $1.5 million was paid because of insurance claims in the past year across all of the ACT government.

Territory and Municipal Services was liable for $453,766 claimed by 10 pedestrians who had falls.

This is double the amount paid to bike riders but there are hundreds of thousands of pedestrians in Canberra compared with just thousands of regular cyclists.

One student received $308,000 from the Education Directorate after suffering a fall. A hospital patient claimed $140,000 from ACT Health after taking a tumble, while three pedestrians walking on grounds owned by the same directorate claimed another $176,880 between them. Two public housing tenants received a total of $65,750 from the Community Services directorate.
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by BNA » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:29 am

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Postby x8pg2qr » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:29 am

I guess cycling stories get the clicks and the emotions. Couldn’t believe that the CSIRO story was front page material on Canberra Times iPad edition. There was also a story about the Kingston Foreshore today.

But then if we want a particular video (e.g. dooring, AUDI ones) to be widely viewed, we want the paper’s website to highlight it. So… cuts both ways.

I sort of feel like there’s a 0–100 scale on the Rile-o-meter (or a measure of how riled up people get). And riled up=clicks.

100 would be any government action or inaction.
95 bicycle
95 rorting/cheating
80 ACTION bus
80 traffic
75 house prices
70 sports
60 celebrity/reality TV stuff
50 international news
50 weather

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Postby barefoot » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:09 am

TFA wrote:Falling off your bike in Canberra can earn you as much as a year sitting at your desk. Cyclists claiming money from the ACT Insurance Authority after coming off their bikes have been paid as much as $100,000 each, more than the yearly salary of an APS6 public servant.

:roll:

What if the injured cyclists were APS6 public servants, and have been permanently disabled so they can no longer work at all? It's going to cost them a hell of a lot more than $100k in lifetime lost earnings.
And what if their injury was demonstrably caused by somebody else's negligence?

Do people really believe somebody is deliberately throwing themself off a bike, jumping up un-injured and walking away with a six-figure payout?

Pathetic reporting. Real low-brow stuff.

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