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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

PARTNER POLICY = LESS FINES & HIGHER ROAD TOLL

It's a good policy. We need more uniformed cops to make up the pairs. Population growth means more cars so we need more cops on Victorian roads.

Damien
IRG

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Monday, 29 August 2016

ELIZABETH STREET MOTORCYCLE PRECINCT

THE FAMOUS ELIZABETH STREET MOTORCYCLE PRECINCT IN MELBOURNE is affected by road works as the city grows. Works at the Flinders Street end of Elizabeth Street do not directly affect the bike area but they are part of a larger plan for the whole street. City planners want input.

Damien

Elizabeth Street South Streetscape Improvement Plan

The City of Melbourne is commencing work on Elizabeth Street South Streetscape Improvement Plan.  The Plan will provide strategic streetscape design ideas to improve the public realm at the southern end of Elizabeth Street and reinforce its role as a key pedestrian pathway and one of Melbourne’s most significant city spines.

The project aims to:

·                       Create a gateway to the city’s retail core.

·                       Provide more room for pedestrians by reallocating space in the street 
currently used for the southbound vehicle carriageway and parking, to better 
reflect the current and future needs of the street.

·                       Improve the amenity of the street and accessibility by de-cluttering the space.

·                       Provide a high-quality public realm at the southern end of Elizabeth Street.

A brochure which details the project rationale, its proposed stages and some preliminary ideas for the site can be found here.

Throughout August we are gathering stakeholder feedback and comments to help determine the extent of what is possible at this important and complex site.  We hope to present concept designs to the wider community for feedback early in 2017.

Our Engineering Services team suggested that you and your organisation may be interested in taking to the project team during this first stage of the project.  It would be great if yourself or a suitable colleague could attend the following meeting to talk about the project and help us to fully understand the complexities of the site for cyclists and motorcyclists and help ensure that the current and future user experience is fully understood in any proposed concept designs.

Steven Weir 
Placemaking and Engagement
City of Melbourne 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

THE AGE
LETTERS

"We really need motorcyclists to do everything they can - buy protective gear and a bike with ABS braking ..." said Sam from the Transport Accident Commission in the Sunday Age 28/8/2016.

That's a bit rich when the TAC taxes most bikes $70 plus with their so called safety levy. No other transport type is targeted like this. The tax is on top of the registration fee and the CTP insurance premium so most riders pay as much to ride as drivers do to drive a 4WD monster. And there's no discount for not claiming.

I'm a pensioner. In nearly 50 years on two wheels, mostly in Victoria, I have never made a CTP claim but I pay as much as a 25 year old who's claimed more than once on car crashes.

My latest bike is under 501 cc so I get a cheaper TAC premium, not much mind you. ABS tends to be on more expensive machines. I could use a new jacket and gloves but, on my income, they will have to wait.

The TAC tax hurts low-income earners. The 2012 Parliamentary Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety (PIMS)recommended the tax be abolished but the TAC ignores that recommendation and points to the "whole of government response" to PIMS which was written mainly by TAC and VicRoads.

If TAC wants to get serious about bike safety it should spend the tax already taken on positive bike projects, review CTP, introduce no-claim-bonuses and abolish this unfair tax.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group
Merlbourne

VICROADS - TAC - VICPOL FAIL TO PREVENT CRASH SPIKE

And as this situation has been allowed to develop VicRoads and the TAC have retained almost $3 Million dollars they collected in the name of a "safety levy" supposedly to protect motorcycle riders as vulnerable users, but they just kept the cash instead.

From an IRG Member

-----Original Message-----
From: Damien Codognotto [mailto:d.codognotto.oam@bigpond.com] 
Sent: Saturday, 27 August 2016 6:05 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: THREE MORE RIDERS DIE ON VICTORIAN ROADS

MEDIA RELEASE

2016 has been a deadly year for Victoria's growing motorcycle & scooter community. Population growth and the increasing cost of owning a car means more Victorians will choose two wheels.

It is clear that VicRoads/TAC/VicPol policies and campaigns have failed in 2016 and urgently need review. This terrible spike in bike deaths and injuries is not normal. See attached graph.

Certainly more visible police are required.

Certainly better road maintenance is required, particularly in rural areas.

Animal strikes are a much bigger problem than VicRoads admits.

Many factors contribute to the increase in road trauma in Victoria. One of the most serious is the lack of quality road safety science.

VicRoads/TAC/VicPol are out of touch with rank and file road users.

Road crash data identified as a serious problem for a decade by various Parliamentary Inquiries. The problem is systemic. Parliamentary Inquiries are regularly held by Road Safety Committees that include representatives from all political parties.

DATA COLLECTION

Without reliable data on road furniture, traffic flows, crash sites, maintenance & repairs and more, the real cost of roads and road trauma cannot be accurately calculated so effective countermeasures and infrastructure planning can't be done.

2005. CRASHES INVOLVING ROADSIDE OBJECTSEXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Crashes involving roadside objects are a major road safety problem in Victoria, accounting for almost one-fifth of all crashes resulting in an injury or a fatality. ... The Committee noted a number of areas where crash information was missing or could be more detailed. The difficulty obtaining adequate data, in particular travel exposure information to better assess crash risk and target safety treatments, is a continuing issue in Victoria, coming up time and time again in Committee inquiries. Governments agree to improve crash information, yet crash and crash risk information continues to be an impediment to the improvement of roadside safety in Victoria. Crash information recording and publications need to be greatly improved. ... The Committee observed that there was no systemic approach or strategic plan to comprehensively address the problem of crashes involving roadside objects.”

2006. DRIVER DISTRACTION INQUIRY
CHAIR’S FOREWORD. ... One of the problems faced by the Committee during the Inquiry was the lack of clear definition and information systems which measure distraction and its’ role in crashes. The Committee calls on Victorian road safety authorities to develop clear definitions, categories and suitable crash data reporting in order to understand the extent of the problems and to develop appropriate countermeasures. ...”

“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. ... In view of the lack of suitable definitions,categorisations and suitable data, Victoria and most other Australian jurisdictions are not well placed to accurately assess the role of driver distraction on crashes. Recent studies in the United States, together with an ongoing study by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, provide some insights into driver distraction impacts. Development of comprehensive crash data is a vital first step in guiding future Victorian road safety initiatives relating to driver distractions.

2012. INQUIRY INTO MOTORCYCLE SAFETYEXECUTIVE SUMMARY. ... The first, and arguably most important theme was the lack of accurate and robust data, both for crashes and trauma. Many arguments, proposals and observations made in submissions and witness statements were based or justified on crash and trauma data. However, the significant data issues identified by the Committee meant much of the evidence presented to the Committee was difficult to verify. ... Addressing data issues is the single most critical aspect of our future response to motorcycle safety. ...

RECOMMENDATION 1. That an independent Office of road safety data be created which will be responsible for collecting, collating, interpreting and publishing all data relevant to road safety ...”

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Assistant Commissioner (police) Doug Fryer was quoted in the Melbourne Herald Sun. He was taking about the 28 motorcycle & scooter rider deaths to that date in 2016. “... Every one (death) has been investigated thoroughly and 86% were rider error. ...”

The Independent Riders Group does not agree that the 86% figure is reliable. We have written to AC Fryer twice asking how police calculated this extraordinary statistic. Neither the email dated May 18,
2016 nor the letter dated August 5 answers our legitimate questions.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesperson
Independent Riders' Group (IRG)
PO Box 4330
Doncaster Heights  Vic  3109

THREE RIDERS DIE IN VICTORIA

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/four-fatal-crashes-on-swan-hill-oakleigh-coolaroo-narre-warren-north-roads/news-story/064996bdc205ee4de81b0ab71f663be1?&utm_source=Herald%20Sun&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&mid=2184027

Thursday, 25 August 2016

VIC DRIVING AGE



































DATA COLLECTION

Without reliable data on the performance of road furniture, traffic flows, crash sites, road maintenance & repairs and more, the real cost of roads cannot be accurately calculated nor can cost-effective planning be undertaken.

Reliable data, on road furniture, driver distractions, motorcycles & scooters and too many other things, is a scarce commodity in this state. The problem is well documented in Parliamentary Inquiries are regularly held by Road Safety Committees that include representatives from all political parties. The data problem is widespread. It is systemic.

Submissions to improve road data either fall on deaf ears or the organisation/person making an unwelcome submission is vilified and deemed to have a bad attitude.

2005. CRASHES INVOLVING ROADSIDE OBJECTS

“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Crashes involving roadside objects are a major road safety problem in Victoria, accounting for almost one-fifth of all crashes resulting in an injury or a fatality. ... The Committee noted a number of areas where crash information was missing or could be more detailed. The difficulty obtaining adequate data, in particular travel exposure information to better assess crash risk and target safety treatments, is a continuing issue in Victoria, coming up time and time again in Committee inquiries. Governments agree to improve crash information, yet crash and crash risk information continues to be an impediment to the improvement of roadside safetyin Victoria. Crash information recording and publications need to be greatly improved. ... The Committee observed that there was no systemic approach or strategic plan to comprehensively address the problem of crashes involving roadside objects.”

2006. DRIVER DISTRACTION

“CHAIR’S FOREWORD. ... One of the problems faced by the Committee during the Inquiry was the lack of clear definition and information systems which measure distraction and its’ role in crashes. The Committee calls on Victorioan road safety authorities to develop clear definitions, categories and suitable crash data reporting in order to understand the extent of the problems and to develop appropriate countermeasures. ...”
“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. ... In view of the lack of suitable definitions,categorisations and suitable data, Victoria and most other Australian jurisdictions are not well placed to accurately assess the role of driver distraction on crashes. Recent studies in the United States, together with an ongoing study by the New Zealand Ministry opf Transport, provide some insights into driver distraction impacts. Development of comprehensive crash data is a vital first step in guiding future Victorian road safety initiatives relating to driver distractions.

2012. INQUIRY INTO MOTOERCYCLE SAFETY

“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. ... The first, and arguablymost important theme was the lack of accurate and robust data, both for crashes and trauma. Many arguments, peroposals and observations made in submissions and witness statements were based or justified on crash and trauma data. However, the significant data issues identified by the Committee meant much of trhe evidence presented to the Committee was difficult to verify. ... Addressing data issues is the single most critical aspect of our future response to motorcycle safety. ...
RECOMMENDATION 1. That an independent Office of road safety data be created which will be responsible for collecting, collating, interpreting and publishing all data relevant to road safety ...”

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Assistant Commissioner (police) Doug Fryer was quoted in the Melbourne Herald Sun. He was taking about the 28 motorcycle & scooter rider deaths to that date in 2016. “... Every one (death) has been investigated thoroughly and 86% were rider error. ...” The Independent Riders Group does not agree that each of these deaths was thoroughly investigated and the 86% figure is impossible. We have written to AC Fryer twice asking how police calculated this extraordinary statistic.

Neither the email dated May 18, 2016 nor the letter dated August 5 answers our legitimate questions.

The issue of road safety data and unreliable statistics is raised here to highlight our opinion that road maintenance budgets are unreliable and that funds are spent on “showcase” projects while secondary roads are allowed to decline to unsafe conditions.

Example: The Lancefield / Sunbury road.

Example: The Great Alpine Road.

The decline of roads generally, and secondary roads in particular, increases commodity prices, tourism income, commuters, insurers and the cost to the community of road trauma.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

ACT DRIVER TRAINING

Morning Damien, about time . . . check out this article!  Copy & paste, including link to Facebook?

AUGUST 23 2016 - 4:14PM

Vulnerable road users component added to ACT driver's licence tests
Katie Burgess - The Canberra Times - ACT News
Young ACT drivers will have to be able to prove they can share the road safely with cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians before they'll be granted a licence, the ACT government says.

From next Monday, people applying for learner permits or provisional licences must demonstrate they can drive around vulnerable road users or risk failing their test, the ACT's Road safety Minister Shane Rattenbury said on Monday.
"It's really exciting that more and more Canberrans are choosing to walk and cycle around Canberra. However, it's important that we ensure that our road rules can accommodate all road users safely, and that all road users are aware of these rules," he said.

Twenty extra questions will be added to the road rules knowledge test. Applicants must score 100 per cent on this section to gain their learner's licence.

During their practical driving test, learners going for their Ps must demonstrate they can navigate roads with bicycle lanes and move through areas of slow traffic where motorcyclists may be lane-filtering.

Applicants will be tested in areas frequented by cyclists and pedestrians, including shared zones, town centres, group centres, aged-care facilities and school zones.

Mr Rattenbury said the learner will also have to "recognise" the harm they could cause to pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists.

The bolstered tests are based on a study into vulnerable users funded by the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust.

"With this new vulnerable road user competency, the ACT government is taking the lead nationally to make sure new drivers develop skills in scanning, checking and interacting with pedestrians and cyclists including safe passing distances," said Dr Marilyn Johnson from the Monash University Institute of Transport Studies and co-author of the study.

Pedal Power executive officer John Armstrong said including skills specific to vulnerable road users in driver tests would encourage a positive culture change on Canberra's roads.

"The reality is there simply hasn't been the identification of these competencies in any driver test before. It's part of a cultural change to enable all road users to be mindful of other users and provide a good positive attitude from the word go," he said.


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WITNESS APPEAL

Me again Damien! 

ABC local radio actually reported this as 'car collided with motorcycle' which would seem most likely scenario, given motorcycle would've had right of way on major Centre Rd.  Interesting how Police report states opposite, (my bolding below), but have arrested the driver anyway? Would that be only because the rider has now died?  It's in Bernie's neck of the woods; have cc'd in case he has any local knowledge ie intersection type, road conditions, any history/reputation for crashes, etc.  

OAKLEIGH SOUTH FATAL COLLISION
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 09:13
Police and emergency services are currently on scene following a fatal collision between a car and motorcycle at Oakleigh South this morning.

It’s believed a Ford stationwagon had been travelling north on Elora Road when it was struck by a motorcycle travelling east along Centre Road about 6.15am.

The motorcycle rider, an unidentified man, was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries but died soon after.

Police have arrested the driver of the Ford, a 53-year-old Oakleigh South man, who is assisting with enquiries.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Lives lost

2016:  198

2015: 170

Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner

Media Officer

52147

https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/witness-appeal-following-oakleigh-south-fatal-collision

Monday, 22 August 2016

M E A P

FIRST VMAC, then MAG now MEAP.


































Sunday, 21 August 2016

RESEARCH MONEY

NO GRANT MONEY HERE FOR MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER SAFETY RESEARCH.

CAR COSTS 2016


Thursday, 18 August 2016

WHY?

A hotel that isn't.
Expensive tiles under bridges.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY VICROADS CAN'T FIND THE MONEY TO MAINTAIN VICTORIA'S ROADS IN SAFE CONDITION?

Maybe it's because they spend a lot of our taxes decorating freeways around Melbourne.

Footbridge towers that serve no real purpose.
More tiles and fancy form work.
Blue metal panels that can't be seen from the road overlooking hundreds of metres of nothing.
Three storey chicken eating cheese?
I'm told the artist that made this was paid a lot of our money. 
Damien
IRG

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

HOW OFTEN DOES WRB PERFORM AS ADVERTISED?



VicRoads promotes wire rope barrier as a fence that absorbs energy slowing out-of-control cars and trucks to a safe halt. BUT, how often does WRB perform as advertised?
Google: HOLDEN CRASH 2014 BARRIER for this and other crashes. Change Holden to Ford or Toyota and 2014 to 2014 for more.
It seems to me that the media too often does not identify the type of barrier involved in these crashes.
It also seems to me that when a car or truck goes out of control at highway speed then hits a WRB, it has a chance of stopping according to VicRoads spin but it is more likely the vehicle will either crash through the barrier into oncoming traffic as happened at Yatala, QLD or get slung back into same direction traffic with extreme force. For other traffic a WRB prang is Russian Roulette.
At Yatala, from memory, a track went over the WRB in the median ploughing into oncoming traffic writing off six cars, putting eight people in hospital and killing a young woman.
I was riding on Melbourne's ring road near in Thomastown when a car a few in front of me speared off into the WRB. The WRB ripped the front of the car to shreds spraying shrapnel all over the place, then the car was slung back out into traffic crossing two lanes and stopping on the left of the road. It was good luck, certainly not good management, that the wrecked car did not hit anything but the WRB.
On another day, going the other way a rider died. The picture shows the memorial. 
RIP.
Damien
IRG

Saturday, 13 August 2016

ANOTHER TOY RUN MEETING




































THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TOY RUN MEETING at 11 am on Sunday, August 28, 2016 in the Grand Stand at Victoria Park, Abbotsford. Abbotsford is an inner Melbourne suburb. This meeting will decide how and where the TOY RUN for Father Bob will be held this year. Anyone interested in the event is welcome.

Damien
IRG

Monday, 8 August 2016

TOY RUN MEETING

THERE WILL BE A TOY RUN MEETING at 11 am next Sunday, August 14, 2016 in the Grand Stand at Victoria Park, Abbotsford. Abbotsford is an inner Melbourne suburb. This meeting will decide how and where the TOY RUN for Father Bob will be held this year. Anyone interested in the event is welcome.

Damien
IRG

Saturday, 6 August 2016

FLOURO WONT SAVE YOU!

I think that what is true for bicycles in traffic is often true for motorcycles & scooters.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/-gqiwce.html

Damien
IRG