pedestrians filling path

Prod the Plod

After some more prompting the Victoria Police did manage a little more to their previous sloppy effort (covered in Not Sharing) although still dodging the specific example of the 8km/h limits posted along South Wharf Promenade (from Speed Limit Limbo). The Melbourne city council has also replied on that matter claiming that those 8km/h signs have been installed without the required authorisation form Vicroads which:

has not been sought or provided

But returning to the Police their full reply is presented verbatim:

Here is our final response:

Victoria Police is aware of concerns about the 10km/h limit for cyclists travelling along the shared pathway along Southbank.
Police conduct regular patrols of common bicycle routes. Anyone found to be riding dangerously will be stopped and penalised where appropriate as the speed limit is enforceable under the Road Safety Act.
Police along Southbank have a strong focus on educating cyclists about their responsibilities in helping to keep pedestrians using the shared pathway safe.
There are a number of traffic infringements which apply to cyclists including:
Failure to keep left and give way to pedestrians; Failure to keep left of ongoing bicycles riding on a footpath designed for pedestrians; Failure to obey traffic lights; Ride more than two abreast; Failure to wear a helmet.
Police also have the power to charge cyclists for serious offences, such as conduct endangering a person and dangerous riding.

So a rather specific comment on a specific speed limit, which they believe to be enforceable under the Road Safety Act 1986 (where as reliable sources place speeding offences offences under the Road Safety Rules 2009 which do apply to bicycle riders) a law that only has provisions for cyclists: failing to stop, dangerous driving [sic], and careless driving [sic]. The Police are not building much confidence with these sloppy responses, but they wont discuss it further.

Finally a fun link back to the recent night time ride that occurred in Melbourne over the weekend which had riders needing to maintain a 9km/h average speed to avoid being cut from the ride, including riding through this contentious 8km/h section of shared path.

This casual ride for people of all abilites has 9km/h as a minimum requirement for the average speed!

Hopefully the organisers of the Ride The Night can offer some comments on their difficult task of finding a contiguous route around Melbourne.


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