Bike it Baw Baw: cyclist safety issues in the Baw Baw Shire

31 Jul 2012

The aim of the study was to identify the issues in Baw Baw Shire in Gippsland, Victoria, related to the safety of on-road cyclists.
The study was conducted in three stages, a review of the literature, an analysis of existing data from residents of the Baw Baw Shire area and an online survey. The key safety concerns identified were; 1) poor road surfaces including potholes, unsealed shoulders, 2) driver behaviour, attitude, impatience, aggression, and 3) lack of cycling facilities.
Most survey respondents had a driver’s licence and responses were mainly grouped into cyclist, (frequent cyclists) and drivers (infrequent/non-cyclists). Compared to drivers, cyclists were more likely to respond favourably to sharing the road with cyclists while driving, had more knowledge of cycling-related road rules and were more likely to report a positive attitude towards cyclists. Safety concerns specific to the Baw Baw Shire are identified and potential countermeasures that may improve cyclist safety are discussed.

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