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VIC [Melb CBD] VRU enforcement campaign in October.

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by robsalvv, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Heads up CBD'ers! Make sure you have a copy of road rule 141C under your seat for the obligatory conversation with the plod about filtering.

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    Vulnerable road users focus for police

    Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:31

    Police have launched a 10-day operation in an effort to reduce road trauma involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists who commute to and from Melbourne’s CBD.

    Operation Halo II, which began yesterday, will target the factors behind road trauma involving vulnerable road users.

    One hundred and six of the 287 (37 per cent) deaths on Victorian roads in 2011 involved vulnerable road users, including pedestrians (49), cyclists (8) and motorcycle riders and passengers (49).

    Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Robert Hill said over the past four years during the month of October, there had been around 50 collisions per month each year involving vulnerable roads users in an around the Melbourne CBD.

    “With the weather fining up and a number of major cycling events such as Ride to Work Day and Around the Bay in a Day, October is considered the launch of the cycling and motorcycling season,” AC Hill said.

    “These events alone have the potential to place 20,000 cyclists on our roads.

    “Cyclists make up almost half of all vulnerable road user injuries in and around Melbourne’s CBD and in around 75 per cent of cases, it’s car drivers who are at fault.

    “This includes drivers failing to give way to cyclists at intersections, opening car doors into the path of cyclists and merging when unsafe.

    “Throughout this operation we will be focusing on high pedestrian, cyclist and motorcycle traffic areas including Melbourne, Boroondara, Port Philip, Stonnington and Yarra.

    We’ll be targeting offences such as disobeying traffic signals, not wearing a helmet, riding on a non shared footpath and motorcyclists riding in designated bicycle lanes to prevent the amount of road trauma involving vulnerable road users.”

    Police will also target drivers for distraction offences such as using a mobile phone while driving.

    Operation Halo II follows the success of Operation Halo, run in February this year, where police issued more than 6000 infringements and achieved a 16 per cent reduction in road trauma to vulnerable road users, compared to the same time last year.

    Three hundred and fifty cyclists were caught not wearing a helmet during the February operation.

    “With 50 per cent of cyclists killed last year not wearing a helmet, this behaviour needs to change,” AC Hill said.

    “October is Safe Cycle Month so we’re hoping the increased awareness around bicycle safety will see a big improvement in the number of cyclists wearing helmets and better relationships between cyclists and other road users.”

    Safe Cycle Month is a Victoria Police initiative, sponsored by VicRoads and supported by the Amy Gillett Foundation and Bicycle Network Victoria.

    Cath Allen
    Senior Media Officer
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  2. Here we go again, I wonder how many lives they'll 'save' this time?
  3. That explains the 20 or so bike coppers on Parliament Place this morning. They usually debriefing there due to escorting some state head or self important person but at least they're doing something positive for state consolidated revenue.
  4. I wonder if they will target motorcycles with loud exhausts and fender eliminators all in the name of protecting us vulnerable road users. I agree with Chef's statement on "Here we go again"
  5. Just in time for National Ride to Work day.
  6. ...so they focus on targeting the vulnerable when they know majority of the accidents were caused by the fault of an ignorant driver? So why no emphasis on targeting distracted drivers in the busy foot traffic areas? I'm sure one rider going down the bicycle lane is safer than having 5 people texting while driving in the queue of cars the rider is avoiding.
  7. Or they could actually focus on the risks from other motorists that make us so vulnerable....Just another grab for cash
  8. Its obvious Hill has no idea.

    Motorcyclists will once again be found to be the most compliant and by default the safest road user group of all.

    Didn’t Victoria Police say they are the toll? Aren’t they the ones at fault?
  9. I feel really really sorry for you Victorians.
  10. Don't get too misty eyed, we don't have double demerits, we have the GAR & GOR, both Spurs, & we can park wherever we like for as long as we like :)

    We just can't run down cyclists like we used too :nopity:
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  11. Not really, but they definitely aren't the solution. Just won't/can't accept it.
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  12. Ok, you can shut up now.

    Although, I raise you all those roads for the relatively un-policed NSW Snowies, a region I am about an hour from.
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  13. Here we go again... Targetting the VRUs until we all get the message that we're supposed to drive our cars instead, and add to the pollution, congestion, etc... :rolleyes:

    Of course, we could always jump onto the already over-crowded public transport system, and get stuck in the CBD if the weather turns warm... ](*,)
  14. I'm so faaaarking sick of this sh!t.......one misguided, ignorant, asshat enforcement or operation after another........

    That's IT! I'm packing my sh!t and moving to Peru........later dudes.......
  15. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been wondering if there's another part of the world that's worth moving to, in order to get away from this anti-motorcycling crap... 8-[
  16. For those that get pulled over make sure you are actually guilty of the offence.

    1. Its not a bicycle lane unless there is a bicycle sign since the last intersection.

    2. You are allowed to ride in the lane to stop or turn, for a distance of 50m.

    See the wording below

    Bicycle lanes
    153. Bicycle lanes (1) A driver (except the rider of a bicycle) must not drive in a bicycle lane, unless the driver is permitted to drive in the bicycle lane under this rule or rule 158. Penalty: 5 penalty units. Notes 1. Bicycle is defined in the dictionary. 2. Rule 158 provides additional exceptions applying to this rule, and also provides a defence to the prosecution of a driver for an offence against this rule. (2) If stopping or parking is permitted at a place in a bicycle lane, a driver may drive for up to 50 metres in the bicycle lane to stop or park at that place. Note Part 12 deals with parking and restricted stopping areas. (3) A driver may drive for up to 50 metres in a bicycle lane if the driver is driving a public bus, public minibus, or taxi, and is dropping off or picking up, passengers. Note Public bus, public minibus and taxi are defined in the dictionary. (4) A bicycle lane is a marked lane, or the part of a marked lane- (a) beginning at a bicycle lane sign applying to the lane; and (b) ending at the nearest of the following- (i) an end bicycle lane sign applying to the lane; (ii) an intersection (unless the lane is at the unbroken side of the continuing road at a T-intersection or continued across the intersection by broken lines); (iii) if the road ends at a dead end-the end of the road. Note Continuing road, intersection, marked lane and T-intersection are defined in the dictionary. Bicycle lane sign End bicycle lane sign Note for diagrams There is another permitted version of the bicycle lane sign, and of the end bicycle lane sign-see the diagrams in Schedule 3.


    Exceptions to driving in special purpose lanes etc.
    158. Exceptions to driving in special purpose lanes etc. (1) The driver of any vehicle may drive for up to the permitted distance in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane- (a) to enter or leave the road; or (b) to enter a part of the road of one kind from a part of the road of another kind (for example, moving to or from a service road, the shoulder of the road or an emergency stopping lane); or (c) to overtake a vehicle that is turning right, or making a U-turn from the centre of the road, and is giving a right change of direction signal; or (d) to enter a marked lane, or part of the road where there is room for a line of traffic (other than motor bikes, bicycles, motorised wheelchairs or animals), from the side of the road. Notes 1. Permitted distance is defined in subrule (4). 2. Bicycle lane is defined in rule 153, bus lane is defined in rule 154, emergency stopping lane is defined in rule 95, centre of the road, marked lane, overtake, right change of direction signal, service road and U-turn are defined in the dictionary, shoulder is defined in rule 12, tram lane is defined in rule 155, transit lane is defined in rule 156, and truck lane is defined in rule 157. 3. A driver must keep clear of a tram travelling in a tram lane-see rule 76. (2) The driver of any vehicle may drive in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if- (a) it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane to avoid an obstruction; or (b) information on or with a traffic sign applying to the lane indicates that the driver may drive in the lane. Note Obstruction, traffic sign and with are defined in the dictionary. (3) It is a defence to the prosecution of a driver for an offence against a provision of this Division for driving in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if- (a) it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane to stop at a place in the lane; and (b) the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules, or it is a defence under rule 165 for the driver to stop at that place; and (c) if the lane is a bicycle lane-the driver drives in the lane for no more than the permitted distance. Note Rule 165 provides a defence to the prosecution of a driver for an offence against a provision of Part 12 (Restrictions on stopping and parking). The defence is available, for example, if the driver needs to stop to deal with a medical or other emergency. (4) In this rule- permitted distance means- (a) for a bicycle lane or tram lane-50 metres; or (b) for any other lane-100 metres.
  17. Well, based on that the answer's pretty simple - if you're pulled over, your response is always - "I was going to turn at that intersection" (be sure to have indicator on), if >50m, "I was going to park on the footpath / parking space up there".

    Done :)
  18. Yes, and if you find that you couldnt actually stop where you wanted to you might want to enter the traffic lane again before the 50m are up and then see a spot to stop further up so need to enter again. :)

    Using your indicators because you want to obey the law of course.
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  19. Cars are an obstruction to me. They are stuck... I am not. Therefore they are an obstruction. But ho hum... I'll play their stupid game and for the next week will just use the Hoddle Street bus lane instead of lane 1.5 down Church Street. ;)
  20. The only time I've ever copped an earful from anyone was a snooty bicycle rider who told me to stay in my own lane when I used the bike lane to avoid a pile up caused by a bumper to bumper accident.

    After mouthing off, he then proceeded to ride through a red light.

    Bloody hypocrites. I hope he fell under a bus.