There has been an article posted up on The Age online about a meeting being called by the service minister Jane Garret and being held after our petition has gained hundreds of supporters. We want to thank all of you for supporting our petition and doing the right thing.
Here is the key points in the article that we find very positive:
- “Labor last month announced $1.6 million in a bid to reduce cyclist accidents on the stretch of road between Barkly and Albion streets – where the accident occurred.”
- “Greens MP Greg Barber said the Transport Accident Commission style campaign was needed to raise awareness among drivers of “how dangerous it is to fling your door open in front of cyclists“.”
- “She said the area had the highest density of cyclists of any local-government area.”
- “The report by Coroner Heather Spooner in 2011 recommended VicRoads implement a TAC-style campaign to raise awareness of “dooring“
Here are the points that scare us:
- The campaign in 2011 to raise awareness of “dooring” was never done.
- “In the five years to June 2013 there had been 138 crashes involving cyclists or pedestrians, including two fatalities and 24 serious injuries on the road, Ms Garrett said.”
- “There are about 150 reported dooring accidents a year in police statistics, but any cyclist will tell you that’s the tip of the iceberg,” Mr Barber said.”
- “The money [of the $1.6 million campaign] will be spent to upgrade lighting, signs and to ban right turns at a number of intersections.” ( We wonder if that is going to cut it?)
And the point that scares us the most:
- “There is a bike trail that runs parallel to Sydney Road and the train line, and the meeting is set to look at ways to encourage people to use the path.“
We get the feeling, the government wants to ban people riding bikes on Sydney Road instead of doing anything about the real problem. People should not be in danger for their lives when popping down to the shops (which are on Sydney Road), no matter what transportation method they choose.
What do you think about it? What do you think needs to be done to make Sydney Road a safer place for people walking, driving and riding bikes?