Cycling in Sydney Australia
And it just keeps coming, don't know if there is a pro cycling conspiracy at SMH or they are just highlighting continued stupid state government activity. Clearly I am out of touch with reality but I would have thought some rational thinkers (?) in the liberals might have cried "enough" by now in relation to the continued policy of anti cycling, we are told that some of them are more progressive?
Anyway, if you don't have time to read the story the summary is cycling fine "revenue" projected at 4 times the last pre increase year (already double the previous year for 6 months to date since March) AND only 15 motorists fined for unsafe passing of cyclists in the same period, I get this number on an average ride.
Can't say I am surprised.
Still, it is nice to know that only about a third of unpaid fines get collected, and the amount unpaid is a cool couple of billion.
Collecting from motorists is much easier than collecting from everyone else :-)
i think the purpose isn't so much collecting the fines - after it's such easy pickings and easy way to harass soft targets for a dose of power trip.
even if 1% was collected it'll be well worth the police revenue collectors time and Govt objectives.
afterall if it was ever about safety....
surely the 10 loss of life just in NSW here could be prevented with some more laws and fine
SDRO's audits reveal a part of the revenue approach: they do consider the cost of collecting an unpaid fine and have a basis for giving up.
That is based on cost of collection by comparison with the amount to be collected.
But yes, I am quite sure the main objective of the fine system is harassment.
The penalty for riding without a helmet more than quadrupled on March 1 from $71 to $319, making NSW one of the toughest jurisdictions in the world for cyclists who fall foul of the laws.
The penalty for riding without a helmet more than quadrupled on March 1 from $71 to $319, making NSW the state with the highest penalty in the world for cyclists who fall foul of this asinine law which only exists in a handful of countries. "MHL an unjust imposition on a healthy activity".
Mr Gay was quoted as saying "We don't want cyclist's money - we just don't want cyclists". A press conference is planned next week at the site of the ripped up College St cycleway where he will announce "Mission Accomplished".
Does this mean that 530 people have been fined for cycling dangerously in 8 months? More than 2 people every day? How many times was the "cycling furiously" law it replaced enforced in the past 80 years let alone 8 months?
Is there anyway to get details of the charges? The last thing I need is for some copper to unilaterally decide that I was riding my bicycle dangerously.
"The last thing I need is for some copper to unilaterally decide that I was riding my bicycle dangerously."
But that's the entire point of that law. It gives them lots of discretion to decide they are having a shitty day and they need to find some cyclists.
There is a rule of thumb that gets applied to determine if someone is in breach of the dangerous riding rule:
1. Are they riding a bicycle? YES/NO
2. Are they in Sydney? YES/NO
If the answer is YES for both, their riding is placing the lives of motorists in danger and should be subject to the full extent of the law.
1. Are they riding a bicycle? YES/NO
2. Are they in NSW? YES/NO
If yes to both, FINE THEM! Fixed that for you.
That one is probably the most worrying of the lot.
The equivalent offence for driving is discussed here. Note that the driver has to have injured or killed someone.
Have 2 cyclists a day done this? I don't think so.
Deffo one to challenge, if you have been daft enough to give them ID.
I get close shaved in 9/10 commutes.
I think I'll rig my bike with a big 1m (+ shoulder-width/2) stick hanging out the right hand side.
I use pvc pipe sometimes, tho pool noodle I am yet to try
mmm ... I have some pointy-ended sticks I need to transport.