THE SUNDAY HERALD SUN
Cyclist Nicholas Aberle noted that police blame car drivers for 75% of injuries to vulnerable road users (SHS Oct. 14, 2012). Yet police seem to target cyclists rather than drivers.
Motorcycle & scooter riders are vulnerable road users too and we support the call for police to protect pedestrians, cyclists and riders of powered two wheelers (PTWs) by targeting in-car offences, particularly mobile phone use.
City of Melbourne surveys show commuters on PTWs have more than doubled. The Auditor General found that the number of registered bikes was up more than 58% since 2002. Traffic congestion, costs and inadequate public transport mean that PTW numbers will continue to steadily increase.
PTW riders are legitimate road users and they deserve a fair go. It's time for police to review their priorities and blitz the road users doing the damage.
Independent Riders' Group