I think that email address is wrong. I did get a please clarify from Nick though. Here's what I wrote... (the pdf is the SKM report on "Understanding the Relationship between Cyclists and Drivers).
No worries, Nick. See the attached pdf for the latest research on the topic.
It is true that there is a very small number of cyclists who do the wrong thing. The same is true of pedestrians, car drivers, truck drivers, and even, on the very rare occasion tram drivers.
The reality is that the vast majority of cyclists are very aware of their surroundings, and comply with the rules of the road (more than drivers - ~70% cyclists ~85% sorry can't find the ref - a police study somewhere). The vast majority of cyclists do not bully or harass people.
What you are doing here is making the classic mistake of generalising from individual cases. See the data on the pdf. Re this as well.
The suggestion that " indicators" be attached to bikes is ludicrous because
1. It is technically impractical.
2. We already have an extremely effective indicator system for bikes - it is called sticking your hand out to indicate a turn.
"enforcing a number plate system or recognition system"
This has been discussed at length in other forums. The expense and of implementation and management is impractical. It won't get up. We already have enough trouble getting people to put lights and bell on their bike. There are several programs by BV and Police to improve that, with some success.
"‘Ride Smart’ policy that ensures bicycle riders are
educated in proper riding etiquette, clothing attire and footwear. [no thongs, apparently]"
Most bike riders are also car drivers, and therefore are as aware of the road rules as anyone else. Schools run Ride Smart programs - this is worthwhile, and council would do well to encourage and support that financially.
Problems arise between cyclists and cars because many car drivers are not bike riders and are
1. Unaware of the rights of cyclists on the road (basically the same as cars, with a couple of exceptions), and
2. Unaware of the problems riders face, such as objects on the road, or being cut off and crushed into the gutter as a car turns left across a rider, for two examples.
As for clothing, surely that is an individual decision, how do you suggest enforcing it?
Sensible clothing for a cyclist is lycra (I just use street clothes) - but apparently the car lobby hates lycra clad cyclists. Are you going to insist every cyclist wears lycra?
Of course it is better to wear lighter colours. But then it also better to drive a yellow car than a black or blue/silver/grey that looks like the road. Ban Black cars?
" there are many persons residing within the municipality that support my recommendation"
You've done a properly structured survey? Got evidence for that? I'd like very much to see that. What I suspect you have is one or two vocal individuals with a beef about cyclists.
Bicycle use is increasing rapidly across Melbourne and in particular in shires like Darebin. The way to solve your concerns is to build good bicycling infrastructures, and educate drivers that the roads must be shared. Cyclists are all too well aware of this. This year already, FIVE cyclists have been killed bay cars. I think the road toll stands at 300 roughly. People killed by cyclists? NONE.
There's the short answer. Have a good read of the pdf attached, and check the references.
Yours sincerely, John.