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59 Cyclists Killed in past 12 months

Road Deaths Toll Cyclists Killed

Fifty nine cyclists have died on our roads, yes they are our roads during the past 12 months. Families suffering the grief of lost ones. How many more families need to suffer before we take responsibility? Fifty nine cyclists is a 69% increase compared to the 12 months ended April 2014. Here in Western Australia when is the Honourable Liza Harvey, Minister for Road Safety going to act? Is it time to start asking if the Minister is the appropriate person for the job? She does not seem to have the answers.

 

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics publishes monthly, a summary report on road deaths in Australia. This issue is dated May 2014. The full summary report is available from my Dropbox.

Whilst my interest here is the outcomes for cyclists, there were 102 road deaths in May 2014 (a shocking 29 more people killed on our roads compared to April 2014) and for the 12 months ended May 2014, 1,176 people have died on our roads. Of those 1,176, 169 were pedestrians, 59 were cyclists (an increase of 24 over the previous 12 months), 169 were motorcyclists and 756 were motor vehicle occupants. Our thoughts are with their families. All these deaths could have been avoided.

As at the end of May 2014 59 cyclists had died on Australian roads in the past 12 months, a shocking outcome of our failure to use our public roads in a responsible manner. This is made worse by the fact that it is a 69% increase over the previous period: it just keeps getting worse with no sign of improvement. What sort of shocking death rate is it going to take for the Western Australian Minister of Police to take action? While the average trend change for drivers and passengers continues to decline (-4.4% and -7.2% respectively) which is a good thing, for cyclists the trend is still upwards and increasing at 11.7% per year. We just cannot seem to get it right. Why do we keep killing vulnerable road users? Blaming cyclist is not the answer either – red light jumping is not killing cyclists; demanding cyclists earn respect is no justification for not ensuring their use of the road is accept. It is not okay to kill and injury others, period.

Our National Road Safety Strategy is continuing to fail our most vulnerable road users, people, yes cyclists are people, people who choose to ride bicycles.

6 Responses to 59 Cyclists Killed in past 12 months

  1. Geraldine Box June 15, 2014 at 6:34 AM #

    Indeed appalling statistics related to how we Australians continue to accept death and injury in relation to our methods of transport, and in particular our cyclists. The link below is to a Netherlands government site which summarises the reduction in deaths on their roads, including a reduction in cycling deaths for 2013. But not satisfied with that they are continuing to look at further ways to reduce injury and death on their roads. How long will we Australians have to wait until our governments take useful action to reduce the rates of death and injury in the road using population?

    http://www.government.nl/news/2014/04/25/significant-fall-in-road-deaths-in-2013.html

    • Aushiker June 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM #

      Thanks Geraldine for the links to further information. Added to my reading list 🙂

  2. Geraldine Box June 15, 2014 at 6:40 AM #

    A follow-up post to the previous on Dutch road death statistics. Here is a link to a summary of the report which also provides the actual number of cyclists killed in 2013 in the Netherlands.
    http://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/traffic-fatalities-decreased-significantly-in-2013/

  3. Geraldine. Box June 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM #

    Additional information to add to my previous comment: the population of the Netherlands is approaching 17 million, and it is estimated that there are 14 million bicycle trips made each day within the country. See the site below for further information.

    http://www.ecf.com/news/the-daily-dutch-cycle-14-million-bicycle-trips-a-day/

  4. Greg June 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM #

    Very grim statistics Andrew. The total road deaths in WA dropping from 184 to 157 is not much good news. The road toll for 12 months is the lowest in 5 years, sure, but it is still unacceptably high. 157 deaths impacts far too many lives. It is a tragic report which I found very difficult to read.

    • Aushiker June 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM #

      I think your comments are a pretty fair interpretation of where we are at … nothing positive in all this at all.

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