Cyclist Crash Data
Boroondara Cyclist Crash Data
This page is is permanently under construction.
Refer VicRoads CrashStats:
- Boroondara is ranked 1st highest of the 16 municipalities in the Melbourne south east metropolitan area for cyclist fatalities and serious injuries
- Boroondara is ranked 6th highest of all of the 27 Melbourne metropolitan municipalities for cyclist casualties per 100,000 population
This shows the crashes in Google maps - link occasionally works in IE but works best in FireFox.
Do you regularly travel through Boroondara? Have a look at your route on the map. How safe is it? If you can explain why certain locations are unusually hazardous, we would like to hear about it. Let us know -->
Who looks after the roads?
VicRoads looks after the roads marked using black and red lines in the Melway. All the rest are looked after by the local council. They are also responsible for the lighting on the gantry, that hangs under CityLink, between Glenferrie Rd and the Yarra River, on the Gardiners Creek Trail.
This page is about trying to find solutions. It is not about trying to lay blame on road builders or road users. The crash locations have been looked at and possible cause(s) suggested. In many cases the reason a crash occurred may never be fully known. Readers may be critical of what they read here but if crashes can be reduced then it's worthwhile. This page is for on-road locations, not off-road locations.
Infrastructure cannot always be blamed. Crashes can be caused by simple inattention on the part of the cyclist or the motorist or both. Regardless accidents don't just happen, they always have a cause.
Being car doored
Running into a car door, when it is opened immediately in front of the cyclist, is an all to common occurance. Particularly in shopping centres where there is a lot of cars coming and going. This page illustrates methods to reduce the frequency of this type of accident.
At any point where there is a steep grade, the speed differentials between cyclists and vehicles reach their extremes. The first case is the slow cyclist pedalling up hill. The speed differential is large and can result in problems:
- the motorist may come across the cyclist abruptly and may be forced to slow rapidly.
- motorist frustration may rise when they encounter slow traffic ie a cyclist in this case. This may result in the motorist trying to overtake the cyclist when it is unsafe to do so.
The other speed differential extreme occurs when the cyclist is pedalling downhill. The cyclist's speed can match or exceed that of the motorist. The speed differential is small and can result in problems:
- motorists can misjudge the cyclist's speed and may make unsafe manoeuvres as the cyclist approaches very rapidly. eg do a left turn in front of them.
- the cyclist may be passing queued vehicles on the left and may not be seen or is seen too late, due to the cyclist's speed, as vehicles enter or exit from side streets.
Most cyclists choose their routes carefully. The use of sides streets is popular however conflict can occur with motorists rat running the side streets. The motorist and the cyclist are not expecting each others presence. Highly trafficked roads are easy to identify. Highly trafficked bicycle routes are not so obvious.
Some seemingly innocuous driveways lead to large carparks and may be highly trafficked. Cyclists may not be aware that they need to pay more attention to such driveways as they pass by. On busy roads, motorists may take bigger risks while trying to enter or exit such driveways.
In many cases road design results in two lanes merging into one. In particular this occurs at intersections where road designers are trying to maximise storage space and are additionally providing space for left and right hand turn lanes. As the lights turn green the cyclist, together with the motorists, are all vying for the one lane ahead of them. This inbuilt conflict can be hazardous as the cyclist is seen as the weaker vehicle. Similar to the sense of intimidation a car driver feels when close to a large truck - do you give way to trucks when they want the lane in front?
Crossing a highly trafficked main road but not at intersection: If a pedestrian crossing is available it should be used. However human nature may result in the cyclist failing to do so. Often the crossings aren't quite close enough to their route or they just take to long to change. The cyclist will just cross the road without the aid of the nearby crossing provided. No different from a motorist's frustration resulting in bad decisions being taken, concerning their own safety and the safety of others.
Why do so many pedestrian crossings take so long to change once prompted to do so? Often they are linked into other intersections nearby and are synchronised to maintain traffic flow. However, if this is not the case the lights should change instantly, when the change button is operated. Moving a crossing is sometimes an option but highly expensive.
Curves and bends
Curves in a road requires roads users to pay more attention to the road. In many cases road users short cut bends by not strictly adhering to the lanes as laid out. In this case protected bicycle lanes maybe useful for cyclists.
Vehicles parking, car doors being opened, pedestrians crossing the road, through traffic - shopping centres are busy and can be hazardous.
There is a very good case to remove street parking at strip shopping centres:
- The parking spaces can be replaced with a wider footpath and a bicycle lane. More foot traffic is accommodated and there are no more car doors for cyclists to dodge.
- Improved cycling infrastructure encourages trip replacement from car to bicycle for local trips.
- Cyclists, motorists and pedestrians all have a better view of the road as sight lines are improved. Everybody is safer.
- Traders benefit from the improved amenity offered by the wider street and more foot traffic passes their shops.
- Through traffic is less likely to be held up by people parking cars - that includes freight, trams and buses.
- Pedestrians crossing the road are at somewhat less risk as the road width is now somewhat shorter.
Cyclist crash data in Boroondara. Click on the map markers below to read about a possible cause at each location. Please note that these are just suggestions and may be way off beam. Some of the markers show pictures at ground level.