Making our cycling safer: Operation Cadel

During November, December and January, Victoria Police will run Operation Cadel in the Geelong region.

The aim is to monitor and educate road users about their responsibilities, and, in particular, to promote safe cycling.

The operation includes a high visibility presence of police, in motor vehicles, on bicycles and as pedestrians.  Initially, there will be an education phase, when road users who break the law will be reminded of their responsibilities.  This will be followed by an enforcement phase, where infringements will be met with zero tolerance.

Cycling Geelong welcomes this operation which aims to make cycling safer.  After two cyclist deaths in our region this year, and a negative press towards cyclists, the campaign will help ensure cyclists are viewed as legitimate road users.

As cyclists, we must all do our part to ensure our safety and that of others on the road.  Some reminders for all of us:

  • Red traffic lights (including red arrows) and stop signs mean stop.  Obey these and all other road signs;
  • Bikes must be roadworthy;
  • Cyclists must wear properly fitting and fastened approved bicycle helmets;
  • Ride in bike lanes where practicable.  If it is not practicable, or there is no bike lane, you are entitled to your place on the road.*
  • At night, bicycles must have a white front light (flashing or steady) and a red rear light (flashing or steady), and a red rear reflector.
  • In Victoria, only children under 12 years of age, and those supervising them, may ride on footpaths.
  • Cyclists may ride two abreast, provided there is no more than 1.5 metres between the two riders.
  • Be seen.  It is recommended that cyclists wear light or bright coloured clothing or a safety vest.
  • Be patient.  We all share the road.

Bike Ed instructors suggest riding 1 metre out from the kerb or made edge of the road.  This asserts your right to be there, and usually stops following vehicles from squeezing past unsafely.   Do not ride in gutters.  Don’t weave in and out of parked cars.  Keep your line on the road to ensure you remain in view of following vehicles.  Be vigilant.  Scan around you.  Listen for following traffic.  Many cyclists assist their rear scanning with mirrors.

Most adult cyclists are also motorists.  A few reminders:

  • Check behind for cyclists before opening car doors;
  • When passing cyclists, leave at least 1 metre between your vehicle and the cyclist (more when travelling at high speed);
  • Keep a lookout for cyclists at intersections, especially when you are executing a turn;
  • Do not use your mobile phone when driving (except in hands free mode) (Mobile phone law);
  • Be patient.  We all share the road.
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About hlyth2013

I run websites for The Choral Grapevine (a regional newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South-Eastern South Australia) and Cycling Geelong (a recreational cycling group). I am an artist and photographer, musician and recreational cyclist.

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