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Greens pushing to make cycling safer

By Barcham - 25 July 2013 32

The Greens are making a push to improve cycling safety in Australia, with a year long inquiry into the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, and motor cyclists.

What action, if any, this inquiry will result in is unknown, but I’m all for making cycling safer.

“Every year in Australia an average of 35 bicycle riders are killed and more than 9,500 are seriously injured. In the ACT we’ve had three cyclist deaths in the last three years and hundreds of injuries,” said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.

“There are Greens in all State and Territory Parliaments except for Queensland and the Northern Territory, and they are all taking action to improve safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

“In several States, the Greens are introducing legislation requiring drivers to leave a minimum distance when overtaking bicycle riders.

“Here in the ACT, the Greens have already initiated a year-long committee inquiry into improving the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and motorcyclists.

“The inquiry will gather evidence from the community and experts, and examine best practice approaches to protect and encourage vulnerable road users. This could include better regulation, infrastructure, design, education and funding arrangements.

“Taking measures to protect and prioritise vulnerable road users and improve their safety has the benefit of encouraging more use of sustainable transport and it’s the Greens that are leading the way on this around the country,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.

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Greens pushing to make cycling safer
460cixy 11:17 pm 25 Jul 13

miz said :

Riding a bike used to be fun. Now it seems to be overrun by commuting loonies who bowl pedestrians over. They’re a menace.
I’d pay for a great big sign at the pedestrian crossing on National Circuit, telling cyclists to dismount before crossing and to ring their bloody bell when riding on the path.

Bam spot on

dkNigs 10:22 pm 25 Jul 13

You couldn’t pay me to ride my bike on the road, not only do you have to deal with the “get out of my way” lycra patrol, but all the cars they pissed off by riding in the edge of the lane instead of the on road bike lane.

I’ll stick to my off road cycle paths.

Masquara 9:11 pm 25 Jul 13

Perhaps they will recommend that cyclists stop cycling at speed across pedestrian crossings.

gasman 8:35 pm 25 Jul 13

Good cycling infrastructure benefits everybody, not just cyclists.

Getting more people onto bikes means less cars on the road, less congestion and more parking spaces for those that choose to drive, less obesity, depression and heart disease, less carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere, and less taxes for everybody. It is extremely cost-effective and benefits all, including car drivers. Win:win for everyone.

Grega 7:45 pm 25 Jul 13

Let registered vehicles use the road and unregistered vehicles use offroad. If you don’t have a licence, rego or insurance, don’t get on the road. Also , get off your bike on crossings. Think of the revenue that could be raised if cyclists were subject to the same policing as vehicles. Ever seen one stop at a stop sign or red light? Doesn’t Shane realise why he is the last Green standing. Normal people are sick of it all.

miz 6:18 pm 25 Jul 13

Riding a bike used to be fun. Now it seems to be overrun by commuting loonies who bowl pedestrians over. They’re a menace.
I’d pay for a great big sign at the pedestrian crossing on National Circuit, telling cyclists to dismount before crossing and to ring their bloody bell when riding on the path.

gazket 5:02 pm 25 Jul 13

More people die falling from ladders every year.

“Taking measures to protect and prioritise vulnerable ladder users and improve their safety has the benefit of encouraging more use of ladders and it’s the Greens that are leading the way on this around the country,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.

Grimm 3:58 pm 25 Jul 13

dtc said :

Is this the Greens’ fault (or Green’s?) or the fault of the other parties not accepting the Greens’ recommendations. Essentially you are saying ‘only let the majority make recommendations, because that way we know the recommendations will turn into action’ (well, perhaps)

Very much so, considering their recommendations are never in the realms of reality, as a general rule.

dtc 3:37 pm 25 Jul 13

Grimm said :

If any other party had suggested this, you may actually get an outcome for the money. With the greens commissioning it, you’re guaranteed to get nothing but a few million bucks wasted on telling us what we already know, and nothing being done with the recommendations. They are a money and time wasting party that have people fooled into believing they are useful for anything.

Is this the Greens’ fault (or Green’s?) or the fault of the other parties not accepting the Greens’ recommendations. Essentially you are saying ‘only let the majority make recommendations, because that way we know the recommendations will turn into action’ (well, perhaps)

KB1971 3:33 pm 25 Jul 13

KB1971 said :

Holden Caulfield said :

The best way to make cycling/cyclists safer would be to remove them from the roads, probably for a network of dedicated paths.

But I can’t see that happening any time soon.

So it all comes down to improving the attitudes of all road users so that they may share the road patiently and not be wankers.

I would love this too and we have it pretty good here in Canberra but it doesnt go far enough. I also think that it is a dream that we will get complete off road paths for cyclists nor do I particularly think we need them in a lot of areas.

Its a bitl like the Barton & Kings Highway areguments, both bits of roads are high quality roads and, for the most, well built for a country two lane road, its the behavoir of motorists that give it a bad name.

For the most I agree with you though.

Sorry, insert #road users# for motorists, in the case of in town here. Motorists was meant for users of the highways.

KB1971 3:10 pm 25 Jul 13

Holden Caulfield said :

The best way to make cycling/cyclists safer would be to remove them from the roads, probably for a network of dedicated paths.

But I can’t see that happening any time soon.

So it all comes down to improving the attitudes of all road users so that they may share the road patiently and not be wankers.

I would love this too and we have it pretty good here in Canberra but it doesnt go far enough. I also think that it is a dream that we will get complete off road paths for cyclists nor do I particularly think we need them in a lot of areas.

Its a bitl like the Barton & Kings Highway areguments, both bits of roads are high quality roads and, for the most, well built for a country two lane road, its the behavoir of motorists that give it a bad name.

For the most I agree with you though.

Grimm 3:09 pm 25 Jul 13

KB1971 said :

Did you even read the press release?

Its not about the environment or conservation, its about people being idiots on the road & trying to protect those that are more at risk of injury.

Did you read my post? It’s about being sick of the greens spending millions upon millions of dollars on studies and inquiries, and never producing anything with the results of those studies. Either that or not liking the outcome of those inquiries and studies and pretending they never happened.

If any other party had suggested this, you may actually get an outcome for the money. With the greens commissioning it, you’re guaranteed to get nothing but a few million bucks wasted on telling us what we already know, and nothing being done with the recommendations. They are a money and time wasting party that have people fooled into believing they are useful for anything.

KB1971 2:37 pm 25 Jul 13

Grimm said :

What a surprise. The watermelon party are going to commission another multi million dollar inquiry which leads to nothing.

Who keeps voting for these jokers? The 2 major parties might be utterly crap, so I imagine a lot of the greens votes come about from protest against Labor and the Libs. Seriously though, what policy have they ever had that is worthwhile, sensible, cost effective and actually produced an outcome? Stop wasting your votes and giving any power to a party claiming to be environmentalists while never having done anything worthwhile for the environment or conservation.

Did you even read the press release?

Its not about the environment or conservation, its about people being idiots on the road & trying to protect those that are more at risk of injury.

Grimm 2:02 pm 25 Jul 13

What a surprise. The watermelon party are going to commission another multi million dollar inquiry which leads to nothing.

Who keeps voting for these jokers? The 2 major parties might be utterly crap, so I imagine a lot of the greens votes come about from protest against Labor and the Libs. Seriously though, what policy have they ever had that is worthwhile, sensible, cost effective and actually produced an outcome? Stop wasting your votes and giving any power to a party claiming to be environmentalists while never having done anything worthwhile for the environment or conservation.

Holden Caulfield 12:40 pm 25 Jul 13

The best way to make cycling/cyclists safer would be to remove them from the roads, probably for a network of dedicated paths.

But I can’t see that happening any time soon.

So it all comes down to improving the attitudes of all road users so that they may share the road patiently and not be wankers.

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