Equipment and On Road Behaviour, Laws and Rules. Cycling Promotion and Advocacy
Hey judge, make sure that book you throw at this jerk is War and Peace, not the collected wit and wisdom of GW Bush...
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Cyclist killed this morning, 1 April 2012, on the NSW Central Coast.
Elderly driver in shock, police investigating the circumstances.
https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_ ... 5313866394
Link is to NSW Police Face Book page on the incident.
Such a beautiful day for cycling, such a shame this continues to happen.
Seems another fatality in Southern QLD
Shook me up a bit. I'm 37 too...
cynic in me says this will result in nothing at all in the form of investigation.
condolences to the family of the cyclist.
Building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.
- Lewis Mumford
Yet another all too common fatality - male rider hit from behind. See the report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau 2006 report on deaths of cyclists due to road crashes
My thoughts go out to his grieving family & friends
This is sadly a fatality however the exact circumstances are to be determined.
At this stage it appears a female cyclist hit a parked car, and was later found deceased.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-24/w ... et/3969684
Let us hope it is properly investigated.
Bicycles are safe in five EU countries but not the US. However 15 US cities have roads safety records for all road users comparable to the five bicycle friendly countries in EUROPE. The notion that bicycle lanes are safe without 50 Km/Hr speed limit is not true. The best thing that US bicyclists of all ages have going for them is a 25 Mile/Hr limit on most residential streets that are not main roads.
EU countries’ policies on road safety for their citizens have differed greatly in the past. Since 1990 remarkable progress has been made. In all countries fatality risk has been reduced by more than 40%. In 2010, the lowest fatality rates found in the United Kingdom 3.0, the Netherlands 3.7 and Sweden 3.0 deaths per 100.000 persons (IRTAD 2011). In the US the death rate is far higher at 10.5 per 100.000 persons. Even so there are there are 16 cities with much lower death rates per 100,000 population of 10.5 for all road users (Garrick & Marshal 2011). All these are cities bicycle and pedestrian friendly. ( Alan Parker 2011)
In the Netherlands cyclists’ deaths have reduced from 185 in 2009 to 162 in 2010. Since 1970 the reduction in road fatalities has benefited all age groups but the most impressive reduction has concerned young bicyclists (the age group 0 to 14) for which fatalities decreased by 95%, from 459 in 1970 to 23 in 2008 (IRTAD 2011). 70% of Dutch urban roads have a 30 Km/hr speed limit and the police take a tougher approach to unsafe drivers.
Dutch road deaths increased from 1950 (1,020), peaked in 1972 (3440) and then declined to 691 in 2010. The population grew from 10 million to 16.5 million in 2010. In 2010 the traffic death rate was 3.7, deaths/100,000 population. Since 1970, the reduction in child deaths (0 to 14) from 459 to 23 in 2008 was impressive, decreasing by 95%. For the elderly of 65+ years deaths reduced from 648 in 1970 to 187 in 2009 (IRTAD 2011).
Dutch Roads are safer because 70% of urban streets had speed limits of 30 km/h or less. in 2008. A similar development took place on rural roads. On all roads with bicycle lanes the speed limit is 50 km/hr. The notion that providing bicycle lanes with higher speed limits like USA is safe, is not true.
According to Wellemen, the former Manager of the Dutch Bicycle Masterplan, (NEPP 3 1998) the most important measure in increasing bicycle use in Dutch cities is reducing car parking on a systematic basis in inner urban areas which constrains car use (Wellemen 1999)
Parker, Alan A. In Europe 250 watt pedelecs reduce pollution and improve the safety and mobility of young and elderly riders. Australasian Transport Research Forum 2011 Proceedings 28 - 30 September 2011, Adelaide,
AustraliaGarrick & Marshal (2011) Beyond Safety in Numbers: Why Bike Friendly Cities are Safer, http://bit.ly/oVXJBU Archive search: use "Search" window
.IRTAD (2011) Annual report 2010,International Road Traffic and Accident Database by International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group http://www.Iirtad .net.
Wellemen, A G (1999) The Dutch Bicycle Master Plan:Description and Evaluation in a historical context, (English version) Ministry of Transport and Public Works and Water Management .Available free. Hard copy available from Alan. A. Parker.
I'm surprised you've cited a study where the UK fatality is LOWER than the Netherlands. A google news search reveals plenty of cycling road deaths in the UK. Either there are more UK cyclists than Dutch ones or that study needs to reflect more recent data.
Amateur oenologist and green-friendly commuter.
Participation rate, and total kms cycled in the netherlands is vastly larger. England has twice the fatalities per km or per participant for cyclists.
http://www.carnegiecycling.com.au/2012/ ... ug-garley/
from http://www.hepburnadvocate.com.au/news/ ... 41757.aspx
my sincere condolences. but i'm angry that at least someone somewhere has known that old "doris" has been stubbornly getting behind the wheel, probably despite numerous 'harmless' fender benders, you just can't tell her to stop driving
Sadly, another fatality to report.
Not wrong there, what a rotten way to go after lasting so long and looking after himself enough to be riding at 82
Condolences to those he left behind.
London Boy 29/12/2011
So sad did they get the person?
This is why cyclists get angry it doesn't matter who''s fault it is it is normally the cyclist that gets killed.
The ABC need to know that fault or not the ratio of deaths would be in at least 100,000:1 not a fair game to play.
Not the most poignant post for a Newbie however after having so many near misses lately I decided to start conducting some research.
Frightening stuff really.
"In the fifteen years from 1991 to 2005, 665 cyclists were killed in road crashes"
And we haven't added 2005 to 2012 yet.
You might care to consider and comment on the information on this thread Road Deaths Australia—2011 Statistical Summary - it shows a slight improvement on the numbers but there were still 173 cyclists killed in the period 2005 to 2011
Anyone know any more information on the poor guy hit marshalling the Adelaide cycling event? Cycling related incident i guess.
Is he recovering in hospital okay? I only heard a breif snippet on the radio.
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/two-f ... 23gi6.html Not fatalities - but still serious.
Re the olympic bus accident - a summary of the chap who tried to help. cross posted from the bike vic website.
Bless his beautiful heart
Be warned. It is a sobering article. read at your own risk.
http://www.reddit.com/r/bicycling/comme ... r_his_last
From the link
Anyone else finding the description of how the accident occurred a bit on the nose?
Conveniently the cyclist was unconscious and his injuries will mean that his recall of the incident will forever be under question leaving only the motorists version. Helmet cams running at all times you're on your bike people
2012 Oppy A4
Really bad news.
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