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15 yr old cyclist down on Yamba Drive

By johnboy - 11 January 2012 87

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a car and a 15-year-old cyclist in Phillip earlier today (Wednesday, January 11).

The collision occurred about 12.50 pm on the corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive.

The 15-year-old rider was taken by ACT Ambulance Service to The Canberra Hospital in a serious condition. His injuries are unknown at this stage.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision.

The left hand lane on Yamba Drive, between Launceston Street and Wisdom Street, is closed and will be for some time as police conduct their investigation.

Anyone who may be able to assist with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Holden Caulfield 11:39 am 23 Mar 12

Pestiness said :

This is my colleague’s little fellah. There was no hit and run. The poor driver almost had a heart attack and was not in the wrong. The kid was thankfully wearing a helmet, which probably saved him from being critical. He has a few broken bones (foot/ankle and 2 broken bones in his spine that apparently wont affect mobility), a ripped ear, a ruptured spleen, but is expected to make a full recovery. He’s sore and has a lot of grazes but has learned a valuable road safety lesson! He is mostly concerned about missing out on a proposed trip to the coast this weekend.

Dismounting while crossing roads is NOT ridiculous, if the rider is using the paths. If the cyclist is on the road as a vehicle, they must abide by the same rules as motorists.

PHEW for ALL involved. When a bike goes against a vehicle, the rider is seldom so fortunate. For that matter, nor is the vehicle driver.

Through a friend of a friend, yada yada, have heard a bit more about this incident and what I was told pretty much ties in with the above version of events.

A pretty scary moment for all involved no doubt.

Apologies for carelessly shooting my mouth off in response #1, too.

NoImRight 5:48 pm 13 Jan 12

Erg0 said :

NoImRight said :

Anyone else sick of the freakin Dutch being touted as a role model of perfect behaviour? Geebus….

You’d never catch the Dutch complaining like that.

Well played Sir.

Solidarity 4:32 pm 13 Jan 12

I like it how in that video, which is apparently cycling Mecca, has like 10 cars to every bicycle

Erg0 4:16 pm 13 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

Anyone else sick of the freakin Dutch being touted as a role model of perfect behaviour? Geebus….

You’d never catch the Dutch complaining like that.

Alderney 4:11 pm 13 Jan 12

Jethro said :

dungfungus said :

The dismount while crossing law is ridiculous. If 95% of people disobey a law, perhaps it is the law that is the problem, not the 95% of people.

I can see where the law makers were coming from when they decided upon the dismount law. Too many cyclists are absolute idiots are corsswalks and just ride straight out without even slowing down. However, to make a law that requires cyclists to dismount and push their bike across every crosswalk is overkill.

The law should simply be that cyclists must come to a complete stop before crossing (maybe as signified by a foot touching the ground while the bike is stopped). Constantly mounting and dismounting a bike is probably more dangerous than simply stopping and then riding across the crossing when it is safe to do so.

Of course, as someone who always comes to a complete stop (but rides across when safe), I have noticed that my stopping seems to give a message to drivers that they no longer need to give right of way to me. Most cars will see me slow down and stop and simply drive straight through the crosswalk.

I often ride straight across crossings on my way north to Woden (and back) thrice weekly. I do however get out of the saddle, feather the brakes, and have a good, long, hard look at the traffic before making my decision on how fast/slow I cross, or indeed if I am required to stop at all. Most drivers of motorised transport are very good and signal for me to continue, As when driving, making eye contact is critical.

What I find idiotic in the laws is that a crossing is a crossing is a crossing. When a crossing is a continuation of a dedicated bike path, it needs to be recognised as such in the legislation. The hotchpotch of laws with regards cycling and its infrastructure is a failure of the part of government to recognise the level of cycling in the community and its legitimacy as a mode of transport. Governments cannot crow about having piecemeal infrastructure when on road cyle lanes disappear on approach to an intersection or pedestrian rules apply at crossings that link cycle paths across roads.

Hope the lad makes a full recovery and both he and the driver of the motorised transport both learn from the incident.

NoImRight 3:53 pm 13 Jan 12

BicycleCanberra said :

KeenGolfer said :

BicycleCanberra said :

We are looking at adopting the Vision zero policy…

Canberra does have a Vision Zero policy, adapted from the Sweedish model. Have a look a the ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2013 and the ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, both available online.

Can you find me where ( in the documents) are we looking to adopt the speed limits of 30kmh residential streets, 50km/h main collector roads in built up areas,70km main arterial roads and 90-100km on Highways. Better separation of cycling infrastructure on high speed high volume roads?

Adapt and adopt are two different words.

Dork 3:45 pm 13 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

Anyone else sick of the freakin Dutch being touted as a role model of perfect behaviour? Geebus….

Yes.

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