This project has received contributions from elite cyclists, cycling performance coaches, cycling advocate groups, motorists, community advisors, health professionals, local media agencies and members of the community.
We aim to collect the signatures of 10,000 members of the Western Australian community to enable our petition for improved cyclist safety to be presented in the Legislative Council.
We are seeking your support to protect the safety of all Western Australian cyclists. See HERE for a full list of our objectives.
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There is an increase in the number of Western Australian cyclists killed on our roads each year. This year to date, 46 people on bikes have been killed in Australia, a 42% increase on the average over the past ten years. This is at odds with Australia’s otherwise falling road toll.
Cyclists are vulnerable road users, and the most severe injury outcomes for on-road collisions are from those involving cyclists and motor vehicles. The 2010-2011 AIHW report for Trends in Hospitalised Injury*, indicates that there were 9,001 hospitalisations for major trauma due to accidents involving pedal cyclists. Over the same period, there were 18,265 hospitalisation of car drivers and passengers. These data clearly demonstrate that cyclists are over-represented in the number of severe injuries occurring on our roads.
At present, the number of incidents involving pedal cyclists and motorists is unknown; many are not reported to the police, and our health care system only documents accidents with injuries resulting in high trauma scores*.2 Western Australia needs a system that records all pedal cyclist vs. motor vehicle accidents. By recording this information, we will be able to generate data about the number, location, timing and outcomes of these accidents. This information could be utilised to mark cycling ‘black spots’ in a similar manner to the marking of traffic danger areas for motorists. Recording and tracking these data will also allow for assessment of the efficacy of new cycling-specific safety initiatives.
CycleSafe WA aims to engage stakeholders to enable cyclists of all levels of ability to cycle safely in WA. Our three areas of focus pertain to improved education, amended legislation and infrastructure.
A moment of inattention could cost a cyclist their life
Cycling – A Pursuit Worth Protecting
With high fuel costs, emerging environmental concerns and an increase in the need for more physical activity, it is easy to understand why the number of Western Australians choosing to ride a bike has grown so rapidly; 512,000 Western Australians ride a bike every week*. Although most cyclists make their journeys through shared paths, there are times when people on bikes need to use the road, and this brings them in to contact with motor vehicles. One of the most common problems facing cyclists travelling along the road or in a bike lane is being cut off by a turning car or truck. Whilst 18% of Australian’s report riding a bike in the past week, the most common reason cited for not riding more often is fear of motorised vehicles*.
In a typical week, 18% of Australians ride a bike for transport and recreation; 3.6 million ride for recreation, leisure or sport, and 1.2 million make at least one transport journey per week, including trips to work, university or to visit friends or family*.
Bike riding is a popular past time for many Western Australians. Riding around the river, mountain biking and organised events feature in the weekends of many. Western Australia has a significantly higher cycling participation rate than the national average; 22% of Western Australian residents ride in a typical week, 30% in a month and 40% would ride once a year. Children in WA have the highest cycling participation rate in Australia; 57% of WA children ride a bike each week*.
Cycling is an environmentally sustainable form of transport, and also reduces traffic burden on our roads. Each week, 1.2 million Western Australians make a bike journey for transport reasons including riding to school, university or work, or just to the local shops*.
Competitive cycling is increasing in popularity in Western Australia. This is exemplified in the nation wide Australian Time Trial and Masters Cycling Associations that have the highest participation rates from Western Australians.
In keeping with the greater number of Western Australians cycling compared with the national average, Western Australians are also over-represented in road and track racing, mountain bike and BMX racing, masters racing, and hand cycle racing.
* – for references see HERE