Many Bunch Riders are breaching Regulation 126 of the Australian Road Rules and may also be breaching sub-clause (1) or (2) of Regulation 151 "Riding a motor bike or bicycle alongside more than 1 other rider", thereby
possibly jeopardising any public liability insurance cover that they may want to rely on because public liability insurers, hereinafter Insurers, might deny liability to a negligent Bunch Rider(s) if a Bunch Rider(s) was breaking a road rule when its negligence caused a serious trauma injury to a third party
* is intended for Invitees to accept greater personal responsibility; and
Due to -
Australian Road Rules need to regulate
New Road Rules For Bunch Riders that stipulate -
1. materially reduce Avoidable Trauma Bicycle Accidents -
* appearing at hospital Emergency Departments; or
* being admitted to hospital spinal wards; and
2. identify what constitutes Dangerous Cycling and Reckless Cycling to provide public liability 'Insurers' and 'Insured Parties' with a higher level of certainty that an insurance claim will be accepted by the Insurer
4. Popularity of Bunch Riding explains why cycling fast in a bunch appeals to some cyclists who enjoy the 'adrenaline rush' from travelling fast in a Peloton that is being 'sucked along' by the inertia of the cumulative mass under diminished air pressure. Whereas other cyclists prefer to 'break their own wind' climbing steep hills. These vastly different 'drivers' are influenced by the landscape (ie. Sydney has a plethora of nearby hills which enables cyclists to ride hills accessible to them, whereas hills in Melbourne are further away with the closest in The Dandenongs). Hazards To Bunch Riders identifies that each of these two distinct types of road cycling involve different types of Hazards.
5. Beach Road has become a Mecca for Bunch Riding in Melb. including lots of photos, newspaper articles & blogs from some seasoned cyclists and some chilling You Tubes which show flagrant breaches of the Vic Road Rules along Beach Rd.
7. Bunch riding in Centennial Park Sydney restricts cyclists to 'no more than 16 in a bunch' and 'not riding less than 3 metres (just under two bicycle lengths) from the rear wheel of the bicycle ahead'.
8. Cycling Tasmania's 'Code of Conduct for Cyclists' says that "Bunches should be limited to a maximum of 20 riders. Being stuck behind a big bunch is not good for relations between cyclists and drivers. Tails of bunches must not “run” traffic lights - it is both illegal and dangerous. In very large bunches, warning signals don’t get telegraphed all the way down the line meaning those at the rear don’t see hazards, often resulting in crashes and falls."
11a. Two examples of health system costs from a bicycle hitting another bicycle on 'open roads' with Muggaccinos' cyclists that do not Bunch Ride explains that the health system costs, and also forgone productivity during rehab, from simple trauma bicycle accidents are sometimes high.
11b. Two other examples of large health system costs from a cyclist experiencing a trauma fall on 'open roads' amongst Muggaccinos' cyclists that do not Bunch Ride explains that the health system costs, and also forgone productivity during rehab, from simple trauma bicycle accidents are occasionally not small.
12. Two current research studies of road bicycle accidents mention separate bicycle accident studies presently being conducted by Monash Uni and Uni of NSW. The Writer does not know if these studies have identified that Bunch Riders breach Regulation 126 “Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles” of the Australian Road Rules - Feb 12 which obligates “A Driver (which includes a bicycle Rider) must drive a sufficient distance behind a vehicle (a bicycle is a vehicle) travelling in front of the Driver so the Driver can, if necessary, stop safely to avoid a collision with the vehicle ahead” - as calculated in Section 4 “Crash Avoidance Space” of the RTA Road User Handbook, and occasionally also breach Regulation 151 "Riding a motor bike or bicycle alongside more than 1 other rider".
15. Bunch Riding is illegal under New Zealand road rules unless cyclists are participating in council-approved cycle events that allow cyclists to closely follow one another, but hazards need to be pointed out to cyclists behind.
20. All cyclists need to hold public liability insurance cover if they ride regularly because the same laws of negligence that apply to a negligent motorist also apply to a negligent cyclist. However, CTP Green Slip coverage does not extend to negligence when riding a bicycle.
22. Two mathematical formulae exist which each calculates the Distance To Brake To Stop and Time To Brake To Stop enabling insurers and an injured third party to determine if a negligent road cyclist had broken Proposed New Road Rules intended to reduce Avoidable Trauma Bicycle Accidents.
Riders need to observe Distance To Brake To Stop and Time To Brake To Stop to
abide by -
24. Writer seeks support from Affected Or Interested Parties because the "Process for amending the Australian Road Rules" involves the National Transport Commission's "Rules Maintenance Group" to canvas the level of support for any proposed amendment to the Australian Road Rules