Safer walking and cycling is most easily achieved by reducing traffic speed. We have known this for over a decade but do too little to curb road speeds. A remarkable report summarises the Australian cycling problem as we find it today: Dr Jan Garrard, Safe Speed: promoting safe walking and cycling by reducing traffic speed, Heart Foundation, City of Port Phillip and City of Yarra, Victoria, November 2008.
More needs to be done about cycling safety, and it starts with reporting accidents. For road cyclists, this is how.
In making roads better for cars we have made an environment hostile to people and in particular children.
Different to other surveys, it tells us about cycling in Australia and Canberra over the last decade.
Poor road markings and poor motorists make a cyclist’s life difficult. A marked shoulder is easily mistaken for the bike lane, which creates confusion. More about Australian Road Rule 153.
Walking to school was common and could be again. The Ride or Walk to School program encourages kids to ride to school by teaching them the skills they need to do it. Active Streets aims to improve the paths around schools to make it safe to do so.
The ACT Government has a program for cycling safety for primary school children. One of the lessons identifies cycling hazards. The examples are found everywhere in Canberra. Perhaps we should send TCCS back to school. The hazards in the ACT take too long time to fixed.
Not recent but recent enough to be useful.
Separation of cyclists and motor vehicles is recommended on busy roads or speeds greater than 50km/h.
The evidence is overwhelming. Cycling makes sense.