The idea is not punishment, just 'serious charges'. Maybe the railway car parks were safer?
In brighter news, if we go the bikie model, I can haz studs! Will BV sell light ones? Aero effect?
Kingston cops crackdown on rogue cyclists around Bayside area
CYCLING clubs may follow the lead of bikie gangs in introducing sergeants-at-arms as police plan a major crackdown on law-breaking "rogue" cyclists.
The latest push by Kingston police comes after a member of the infamous "Hell Ride" ran a Nepean Highway red light in Chelsea as an elderly man was crossing the road with his dog.
The Hell Ride is an informal high-speed cycling race held every Saturday morning from Black Rock to Mount Eliza.
Sergeant Herb Lonsing said the July 27 incident brought back tragic memories of the 2006 death of 77-year-old James Gould, who died after being hit by a Hell Ride cyclist who ran a red light on Beach Rd, Mentone.
Sgt Lonsing said the aggression and abuse police copped from other Hell Ride cyclists as they fined the 36-year-old Ascot Vale man for running the red light was the last straw.
"The vast majority of cyclists are no issue, but there is a rogue element who break the law and have no respect for other road users," Sgt Lonsing said.
"We cannot afford another death, so we will start laying serious charges when necessary."
Sgt Lonsing said police across the bayside region and throughout Melbourne were united in their quest to crack down on law-breaking cyclists.
"I think cyclists will be in for a surprise over the resources we will be throwing behind this," he said.
"But the idea is not just to punish them, we want to give them ownership over this and promote self-policing.
"We are working very closely with Cycling Victoria and have been in discussions with major cycling clubs about having them appointing a sergeant-at-arms who would have the authority to pull other cyclists into line.
"If they don't want to listen to them, then they will have the police to answer to."
Cycling Victoria did not respond by deadline.
And yes yes yes, everyone should follow the road rules.