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Rider down on the Monaro Highway

By johnboy - 1 July 2011 17

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a hit and run on the Monaro Highway last night (Thursday, 30 Jun) where a cyclist was struck by a car.

About 7.30pm a 58-year-old Jerrabomberra man was cycling home when he was struck by a vehicle travelling in the southbound lane of the Monaro Highway, approximately 500m north of the Alexander Maconochie Centre entrance.

The man was thrown from his bike and the offending vehicle fled the scene.

The vehicle is reported to have been swerving in and out of lanes on the road prior to striking the cyclist.

The victim was taken to The Canberra Hospital with serious injuries.

Police urge anyone who may have seen this car driving on the Monaro Highway around 7.30pm last night 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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Rider down on the Monaro Highway
cranky 4:52 pm 05 Jul 11

Postalgeek @ 14.

‘I’ve noticed a marked increase in police presence on Monaro Highway since the accident, which is great, but short term.’

Pity there were none just south of Gull about 4.15 this afternoon, when 3 cars (A Holden Statesman, an Evo, and another) decided to have a bit of a race through the traffic. Went past me at about 120-130K’s.

Too quick to get rego numbers.

Postalgeek 3:27 pm 05 Jul 11

I’ve noticed a marked increase in police presence on Monaro Highway since the accident, which is great, but short term.

It’s interesting to watch the on-road/off-road debate. People get defensive about the suggestion of separate cycle lanes, but if the cycleways are direct and share the right-of-way of the parallel trunk road, most cyclists would agree the route would be a vast improvement. I think there is a tendency to lump calls for separate lanes in high traffic areas with the unconstructive rants that cyclists shouldn’t be on roads at all. Part of the cyclists’ preference for roads comes down to right-of-way. Commuting cyclists appreciate the right-of-way that a road offers and drivers enjoy, which is denied to them if they ride on uneven footpaths dissected by side streets.

The problem with cycle paths running parallel and outside a road, even if there is a physical barrier (which is definitely better than nothing) is that the cycleway is still dissected by side streets and cyclists are put at risk.

To my mind, with large trunk roads like Northbourne or Monaro, cycle paths would be ideally located in the middle on the median strip, accessed through traffic light intersections. Cyclists would then share the same right-of-way as the flow of traffic, and be protected from vehicles pulling in and out of side roads, which is one of the leading causes of accidents for cyclists.

Failing physical barriers, flexible lane dividers like the ones that often line road works would be a comfort. Cars can still cross over them, but they make a far more imposing visual barrier, as well as audible barrier for drivers, and any cyclist in the immediate vicinity will be immediately aware of someone drifting behind them.

Anyway, whatever the government decides, let’s hope it’s an improvement on a strip of paint.

dvaey 10:45 am 03 Jul 11

Aeek said :

The advantage of on road lanes is traffic, someone will see it.

So, in a thread about a bike being hit by a car, you claim the advantage of these lanes is traffic? I got a great idea, why dont we go and run some bike lanes alongside train tracks.. all we need is a little 3″ white line painted between the bike track and the rails.. That might provide more natural selection than simply encouraging cyclists to use the road.

Aeek 12:34 am 03 Jul 11

Solidarity said :

Well if it was an off-road lane, the guy wouldn’t be in hospital, would he

The advantage of on road lanes is traffic, someone will see it.

hax 7:52 pm 01 Jul 11

Sgt.Bungers said :

Seriously?

If the idiot swerving in and out of traffic had collected a yellow car, would you be questioning why we allow yellow cars on the road?

If we had any sort of serious police presense on our roads, the number of morons weaving in and out of traffic in motor vehicles would diminish considerably.

Your argument just doesn’t hold up in the real world, though.

The end-game of what you’re saying seems to be the expectation that ALL drivers will be perfect ALL of the time. No mistakes, no accidents, no dickheads.. ever.

Reality check – It’s never going to happen, regardless of how many police you have.

Therefore it makes sense that cycle lanes *should* be separate from the road. It’s no consolation that it was the driver’s fault. We’re talking about a small margin of error – people intentionally driving like idiots aren’t the only ones that can potentially hit you.

Gungahlin Al 4:07 pm 01 Jul 11

puggy said :

Postalgeek said :

Gungahlin Al is quite correct, and it’s a fair bet the same half-arsed mentality will be applied to the Fyshwick overpass and Majura revamp.

Well, we should be doing something about it and it’s not smart arse comment. Maybe I’m getting old, but I’m writing to TAMS etc more and more and things actually happen when I complain. Sure it takes a while and the solution is a bit odd, but something happens.

Rest assured the over-reliance of TAMS on on-road cycle lanes in almost every new road project is a theme I prosecute every single chance I get. It’s a hard road though, and I need other people saying the same things you’ve been saying above to their MLAs. Yes they’ll respond to direct corro, but they’ll not likely attach weight to venting here I’m sorry.

puggy 3:54 pm 01 Jul 11

Postalgeek said :

Gungahlin Al is quite correct, and it’s a fair bet the same half-arsed mentality will be applied to the Fyshwick overpass and Majura revamp.

Well, we should be doing something about it and it’s not smart arse comment. Maybe I’m getting old, but I’m writing to TAMS etc more and more and things actually happen when I complain. Sure it takes a while and the solution is a bit odd, but something happens.

BicycleCanberra 3:38 pm 01 Jul 11

amarooresident3 said :

From the report how is the fault of the cycle lane? Sounds like the driver was being a dick

There’s no doubt that the driver was at fault, and will be prosecuted if he comes forward. Risks like this need to be removed for the cyclist on high speed high volume roads with physically separated lanes or in this case a bicycle super highway completely separated from the road or like the M7 in Sydney.
I was traveling to brand depot the other day on the same road but the other way and and saw a family riding on the shoulder near the railway overpass, just plain silly to take that risk with children.

Postalgeek 2:05 pm 01 Jul 11

That cycle route is a disgrace. It’s a trunk route but the lane is uneven, and covered with loose gravel left over from when they resealed the road (but not the path), and visibility is restricted by several rises. Cyclists are put at risk to save costs.

Cyclists have very little choice traveling south from Fyshwick. There is no safe route, and Monaro is the best of a bad bunch. At least it has a lane for cyclists, unlike Hindmarsh, which is an 80 zone.

Gungahlin Al is quite correct, and it’s a fair bet the same half-arsed mentality will be applied to the Fyshwick overpass and Majura revamp.

Sgt.Bungers 1:55 pm 01 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Sigh…

Gotta love these on-road cycle lanes…up-front construction savings more than off-set by death and injury costs. When will the ACT Government wake up?

Seriously?

If the idiot swerving in and out of traffic had collected a yellow car, would you be questioning why we allow yellow cars on the road?

If we had any sort of serious police presense on our roads, the number of morons weaving in and out of traffic in motor vehicles would diminish considerably.

Skidbladnir 1:21 pm 01 Jul 11

Watson said :

For a comment like that to carry any weight, you’d need to back it up with figures on the number of injuries/fatalities of cyclists on bike lanes, compared to the figures for cyclists riding on the road and on bike paths.

Really?
I’d suggest the number of vehicle-cyclist impacts on cycle paths is astonishingly small [1], but the risk of cyclists hitting cars increases as they are forced to share the same space.
Common sense suggests that the “cyclists on the road may get hit by cars” argument carries at least some native weight.

[1]: very few people are willing to drive a car at 80kph on a bicycle path.

Solidarity 11:16 am 01 Jul 11

Well if it was an off-road lane, the guy wouldn’t be in hospital, would he

Watson 11:14 am 01 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Sigh…

Gotta love these on-road cycle lanes…up-front construction savings more than off-set by death and injury costs. When will the ACT Government wake up?

CT is reporting it as a hit and run.

For a comment like that to carry any weight, you’d need to back it up with figures on the number of injuries/fatalities of cyclists on bike lanes, compared to the figures for cyclists riding on the road and on bike paths.

amarooresident3 11:02 am 01 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Sigh…

Gotta love these on-road cycle lanes…up-front construction savings more than off-set by death and injury costs. When will the ACT Government wake up?

CT is reporting it as a hit and run.

From the report how is the fault of the cycle lane? Sounds like the driver was being a dick

Gungahlin Al 9:53 am 01 Jul 11

Sigh…

Gotta love these on-road cycle lanes…up-front construction savings more than off-set by death and injury costs. When will the ACT Government wake up?

CT is reporting it as a hit and run.

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