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A “State of Emergency” for Victorian bicycle riders.

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Attention
The Honourable Daniel Andrews MP- Premier of Victoria

CC:
The Honourable Luke Donnellan MP - Minister for Roads and Road Safety
The Honourable Lisa Neville MP - Minister for Police
The Honourable Ryan Smith - Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure
Samantha Dunn - Greens Spokesperson for Roads and Road Safety
Senator Janet Rice - Federal Greens Spokesperson for Transport and Infrastructure


Dear Premier Andrews,

The Australian Cycle Alliance is alarmed at the recent spate of deaths of bicycle riders on the roads in Victoria.

In fact, we believe it is a State of Emergency for Victoria.

There have been four rider fatalities in the four weeks between 10 March and 14 April 2017:

1) Ms Arzu Baglar, mother of two young children, killed by a turning truck while she was waiting patiently at a set of traffic lights. A proper separated cycle way would have prevented the truck from turning too sharply and killing Arzu.
2) Jimmy Freeman, March 24th 2017, killed after being struck by a car from behind on a quiet country road with clear visibility while riding with a friend near Benalla. A memorial ride was held for him and Mike Hall who died from behind in the ACT and was killed exactly one week later on the 2nd of April.
3) Name not released, Rider from Ocean Grove died on his bike near Port Arlington on 4th April, although this crash was a single vehicle crash, it is still tragic.
4) Senior Sergeant Ken Rich, struck by a car's wing mirror which passed too close to him on the 14th of April. The 1/1.5 metre minimum passing distance law would potentially have saved Ken's life.

Those four individual Victorians were killed within 35 days of each other, averaging just 8.75 days apart.

This is a much higher rate than at any other time in our recent history. The average number bicycle rider fatalities in Victoria over the last decade has averaged 9.1 per annum, about 40 days between fatalities. In 2015 there were just four fatalities in the whole year.

We don't want to see a single life lost on the roads in Victoria, but right now these deaths are on an unprecedented scale.

We urge you to act quickly and decisively to:

  1. Budget for, and deliver, a comprehensive network of separated, safe cycleways that can be accessed by riders of all ages and abilities throughout Melbourne and other cities such as Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.
  1. Address known, and potentially dangerous,  intersections and roads to ensure the safety of bicycle riders and pedestrians.
  1. Introduce the 1/1.5 metre passing distance legislation, to bring Victoria into line with the rest of Australia.
  1. Undertake a wide-ranging education campaign to the whole community to encourage safe driving. Learner driver training must include a compulsory section on pedestrians and bicycle riders (as per the ACT). Introduce a compulsory online quiz for driver license renewals which includes questions about road rule changes, and behaviour around vulnerable road users.
  1. Ensure the enforcement of safe driving around vulnerable road users - for example in West Midland, England, plainclothes police officers ride bicycles with accurate measuring devices, and fine any drivers who broach the 1 metre passing distance. This has been a highly successful and cost effective campaign that has resulted in halving the number of car/bike crashes within 6 months. The program is now being rolled out in London.

It is well known that Motorists are responsible for crashes between cyclists and drivers in 79% of all cases (http://casr.adelaide.edu.au/publications/list/?id=1346 - University of Adelaide study 2012).

Premier Andrews, we urge you to take immediate action to prevent the loss of any more lives in Victoria.

We work closely with other bicycle groups in Victoria and nationally, and would be happy to work with you to address this important issue.

With Regards,
Edward Hore
President

mobile: 0418 301 031
address: 101 Dundas Street, Preston Vic 3072
site: www.cycle.org.au
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

About the Australian Cycle Alliance

The Australian Cycle Alliance (‘Cycle’) is a not-for-profit organisation that creates and shares social media content about everyday cycling in Australia.  We provide content, moderation and commentary with the aim of ensuring that media coverage across the nation is fair and balanced, and represents the interests of the whole community.

We represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles, whether they are young, old, women, kids, wearing lycra, in business attire, or riding to the local shops in bare feet.

Cycle works with a wide range of organisations at national, state and local level, including governments, businesses, communities and individuals.

There are 3.6 million Australians who ride a bicycle at least once a week. Eight million Australians ride at least once a year. We want to encourage more people to ride, and to benefit from the joy of riding for fitness, fun and transport.

CYCLE’s core guiding principles

Our umbrella principle is #EIE; Education - Infrastructure - Enforcement

  1.    To ensure that media coverage about cycling and bicycle riders is fair and balanced.
  2.    To share and create media content about everyday cycling in Australia.
  3.    To represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles for fitness, fun and transport.
  4.    To engage and work positively with other organisations at national, state and local level to:

-          facilitate better planning and building of safe cycling networks
-          remove barriers and impediments to participation
-          educate the community about important cycling-related issues
-          provide resources, support and information
-          reach the broader community.

  1.       To foster an environment that encourages and enables people to ride their bikes wherever they live, whatever they ride, and whatever their ability.

Web: www.cycle.org.au
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/Cycle.Org.Au
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AusCycle

MEDIA RELEASE 2 December 2016

MIDOffTheTable

The New South Wales Government confirmed today that it will not be bringing in mandatory photo ID for bicycle riders.

In March this year, the NSW Government introduced a minimum 1 to 1.5 metre passing distance for drivers when overtaking bicycle riders on the road. The government also brought in a raft of new measures as part of its Go Together campaign which included increased fines for bicycle riders and a requirement to carry photo identification at all times. The mandatory photo ID was to be enforced from March 2017, and would have been the only unlicensed activity in Australia that required a photo ID to be carried.

In response, the Australian Cycle Alliance organised an online petition which was signed by more than 10,000 people in just 27 days. It was backed by cycling organisations from New South Wales and around Australia. The petition was delivered to NSW Parliament on 18 February 2016 with the support of the Australian Labor Party and the Greens.

The petition started by Australian Cycle Alliance [http://cycle.org.au/articles/index.php?page=205] was supported by Bicycle New South WalesThe Australian Cyclists PartyBicycle NetworkCycling Promotion FundFreestyle CyclistsNewcastle Cycleways MovementPedal Power ACTBIKEASTDulwich Hill Bicycle ClubBIKESydneyI Love Sydney Bike Lanes & CyclewaysCell BikesOrange BUGDubbo BUGArt Cycle IncCoffs Harbour BUGAlbury Wodonga Pedal Power IncEurobodalla BUGCentral Coast BUGBike MarrickvilleBike LeichhardtAshfield Bicycle GroupCanada Bay BUGSydney Spokes, and Quean BUG.

The NSW Government confirmed today that mandatory photo ID will no longer be required. It is a move supported by cycling organisations and citizens groups around Australia.

“It is a big win for everyone in the community.” said Ed Hore, who is a director of the Australian Cycle Alliance.

The NSW Go Together road safety campaign has resulted in less than $5,000 in fines issued to motorists for failing to give adequate distance when passing bicycle riders. During the same period $1,333,250 in fines have been issued to bicycle riders.

“We’re alarmed about the failure of the Go Together campaign to improve safety for bicycle riders, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Road fatalities have increased in NSW compared to recent years, while sixty per cent of all child pedestrian deaths in Australia this year have occurred in NSW. We want to see NSW start a real campaign for road safety that helps vulnerable road users” said Mr Hore “Riders can continue chose to use any form of ID or ride with no ID at all in line with all other States and Territories.”

For more information contact:

Edward Hore, director of Australian Cycle Alliance on 0418 301 031    

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** PHOTO: On 18 February 2016 a rally was held at Martin Place in Sydney, and a petition with 10,000 signatures was delivered to NSW Parliament. Photo courtesy Australian Cycle Alliance.

About the Australian Cycle Alliance

The Australian Cycle Alliance (‘Cycle’) is a not-for-profit organisation that creates and shares social media content about everyday cycling in Australia.  We provide content, moderation and commentary with the aim of ensuring that media coverage across the nation is fair and balanced, and represents the interests of the whole community.

We represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles, whether they are young, old, women, kids, wearing lycra, in business attire, or riding to the local shops in bare feet.

Cycle works with a wide range of organisations at national, state and local level, including governments, businesses, communities and individuals.

There are 3.6 million Australians who ride a bicycle at least once a week. Eight million Australians ride at least once a year. We want to encourage more people to ride, and to benefit from the joy of riding for fitness, fun and transport.

CYCLE’s core guiding principles

1.    To ensure that media coverage about cycling and bicycle riders is fair and balanced.

2.    To share and create media content about everyday cycling in Australia.

3.    To represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles for fitness, fun and transport.

4.    To engage and work positively with other organisations at national, state and local level to:
-          facilitate better planning and building of safe cycling networks
-          remove barriers and impediments to participation
-          educate the community about important cycling-related issues
-          provide resources, support and information
-          reach the broader community.

5.       To foster an environment that encourages and enables people to ride their bikes wherever they live, whatever they ride, and whatever their ability.

#AlbisRide16 The memorial ride

For immediate release.

#AlbisRide was a created to mourn the loss of a life stolen when a car driver carelessly opened a door into the path of Alberto Paulon forcing him under a passing truck. Alberto was killed instantly. The driver was fined $3000. We feel $3000 does not represent the life lost and need to ensure Alberto’s life is not forgotten.

Plans were put in place over the past year to change the layout of Sydney Rd making it more cosmopolitan, taking it back in time and giving it back to the community. These plans have all but been dropped due to the short sightedness of State Government, we want to send them a message. 

In Victoria we have lost 3 lives to this situation since 2011, 3 lives lost through the careless act of motorists not checking when opening their doors.  James Cross, John Cornish and now Alberto Paulon have lost their lives. We need to educate people of the dangers in carelessly opening a door into traffic.

We also remember the lives lost by the #CowardsRun, usually called the Hit’n’Run, Cycle believe that the name of the act needs to reflect the person and not the act itself. Last year the number of Cowards Runs peaked at 18 in Victoria alone, an exponential increase. Cycle has been working towards ensuring this crime is dealt with by the authorities with the maximum penalties in mind.

#AlbisRide16 is a memorial ride for all those bike riders lost on our roads through careless actions of motorists. In the name of Alberto Paulon but in memory of so many more. This ride is a 3 kilometre trek down Sydney Rd finishing at Moreland Rd where riders can chat and reflect on the power of the social gathering. With the memorial part of the ride happening in Walker Oval, Parkville; riders will then make their way up The Avenue then on to Sydney Rd where traffic North Bound will be stopped and police will guide riders from the bottom of Sydney Rd to a car park near the Moreland Rd Tram Depot.

With more than 3000 riders on the road in 2015, all on their different modes types of bikes, different clothing and riding styles, it was a show of solidarity. We invite office groups and racing teams in their colours or uniforms, we invite those on cargo bikes, bike share, the weekend rattler; the high end racer. This is a ride for everyone on a bike as well as a small contingent of people walking.

In #AlbisRide16 we want to see 8000 riders on Sydney road.

This event is supported and assisted by a number of riding clubs, groups and organisations.

The ride is on February the 26th, 2016 at 5.30pm at Walker Oval in Parkville. It will make its way north up Sydney Road at 6pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/715049285295516/ 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/albisride-memorial-ride-on-sydney-rd-in-memory-of-alberto-paulon-tickets-21655773000

http://cycle.org.au/index.php/rambles/words-of-wisdom/189-the-mostly-safe-zone
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/990698293

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 About the Australian Cycle Alliance

The Australian Cycle Alliance (‘Cycle’) is a not-for-profit organisation that creates and shares social media content about everyday cycling in Australia.  We provide content, moderation and commentary with the aim of ensuring that media coverage across the nation is fair and balanced, and represents the interests of the whole community.

We represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles, whether they are young, old, women, kids, wearing lycra, in business attire, or riding to the local shops in bare feet.

Cycle works with a wide range of organisations at national, state and local level, including governments, businesses, communities and individuals.

There are 3.6 million Australians who ride a bicycle at least once a week. Eight million Australians ride at least once a year. We want to encourage more people to ride, and to benefit from the joy of riding for fitness, fun and transport.

CYCLE’s core guiding principles

  1. To ensure that media coverage about cycling is fair and balanced.
  2. To share and create media content about everyday cycling in Australia.
  3. To represent a broad and diverse range of people who ride bicycles for fitness, fun and transport.
  4. To engage and work positively with other organisations at national, state and local level to:

-          facilitate better planning and building of safe cycling networks

-          remove barriers and impediments to participation

-          educate the community about important cycling-related issues

-          provide resources, support and information

-          reach the broader community.

  1. To foster an environment that encourages and enables people to ride their bikes wherever they live, whatever they ride, and whatever their ability.

Media Contact via
Edward Hore
President
Australian Cycle Alliance inc
phone: 03 9416 9300
mobile: 0418 301 031
site: www.cycle.org.au
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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