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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Melbourne, We Have A Problem

Heard on ABC Radio on the 4pm news, a cyclist in their 30's was killed today in Port Melbourne. This news was confirmed here: Cyclist dies in accident [February 01, 2005]

That brings to four cyclists killed in Victoria since Jan 1, 2005.

I've checked the
TAC Crash Database, the stats for the years 2003 and 2004 were four cyclists fatalities for each year. Again, is this just a seasonal spike in the stats or a awful prelude to the new year? Have emailed Campaigns at Bicycle Victoria, to see if a media release or any other action is planned.

Commenced a discussion thread on aus.bicycle earlier this evening.

As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus once said "Hey, let's be careful out there".
But this complex problem doesn't solely involve cyclists, we have an antagonistic media fuelling an already aggressive car culture in Victoria. Pardon the cliche but something has to be done.



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