Tydeman Road, North Fremantle and Cyclists

It was very sad to read of a cyclist being hit by a truck on Tydeman Road, North Fremantle on the morning of Friday February 22, 2012. Liam Croy of The West Australian reported on the incident

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after colliding with a truck in North Fremantle this morning.

The cyclist was hit just after 7.30am this morning on Tydeman Road, near Napier Road.

He has been taken to Fremantle Hospital for treatment.

What is so frustrating about this is that Tydeman Road, North Fremantle is a known trouble spot for cyclists and I for one have taken up my concerns with issues on this very road right through to the now Deputy Commissioner of Police in Western Australia, Stephen Brown. His response at the time to the incidents reported was “no offence.” Heck he even supported Superintendent John Lindley ignorance of the law! What hope have we got with this sort of attitude?

What adds to the frustration is once again there are reports of the Western Australian Police in Fremantle putting its energy into not into protecting vulnerable road users on roads like Tydeman Road, no, they would rather focus on cyclists not wearing helmets.

It seems it is okay if a truck hits in Fremantle you as long as you are wearing a helmet.

I could live with the helmet blitz if there was real evidence of action on dangerous driving which puts others at risk but when you have incidents which result in “no offence” responses I loose faith in the Police. I personally have so little faith in Sergeant Mish Iskra and her colleagues at Fremantle Police I don’t bother reporting incidents in her area of command any more.

Here are some examples of what the WA Police’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Stephen Brown considers to be safe driving around cyclists on Tydeman Road, North Fremantle.

Tydeman Road, North Fremantle – No Offence #1

Tydeman Road, North Fremantle – No Offence #2

I didn’t bother to report this incident which occurred on Tydeman Road, North Fremantle as experience tells me that this is not an offence, right?

Same with this incident … didn’t bother reporting it either. No point right? I did raise it with the business; no response was forthcoming.

In summary it is good to know the Western Australian Police is looking after us: keep that helmet on all well be good.

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