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Monday, October 15, 2018

Letter to Various Emergency Services Unions

Letter to Various Emergency Services Unions
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As a Person that USES A BIKE  daily , i am very much aware of the DANGERS posed by a minority of Vehicle Drivers on WorldWide Roads . There is as element of the Global Population that chooses to ACTIVELY Endanger People on Bikes , and then there are those , that through their desire to Multi Task as they drive on the roads , Unwittingly ENDANGER Vulnerable Road Users . Recent statistics in Australia , show that 46% of Drivers ADMIT to Distracted Driving . Another Study , where Dashboard Cameras were installed in their vehicles , shows that 90+% forget the recording device and revert to their NORMAL Distracted Driving Habits .

Many of Your Union Membership , ALL of whom are required to meet Mandatory Fitness Standards to do their Work  , choose to USE a BIKE , whether for Fitness , Commuting or Pleasure . Over the years i have ridden with Ambos , ParaMedics , Firies , Police & Rescue Volunteers , ALL of whom recognise the Dangers posed to them when they take to the roads . How can they not , since a majority of their work is assisting casualties of MOSTLY Unnecessary RTC & RTI ?

When a Person is up the road on a BIKE , the Vehicle Driver will NOT KNOW WHO that person is , until after passing . By then it can be TOO Late , since they will have behaved in a manner that they regret , IF , they have Unwittingly Endangered that Person by Squeezing through a Pinch Point , OR even worse , inflicting a PUNISHMENT PASS , because they have had a dispute with a Work Colleague , Family Member or any other situation where they were , as they misguidedly think , provoked to Anger , thus the Person on the BIKE becomes the FIRST Vulnerable Person that they can PAY BACK for that current problem upper most in their mind . That the Victims of this attitude are INNOCENTLY involved , is of no consequence , it is a method of PAY BACK on the World , to those irrational beings . Losing their RAG is an all too common occurence in modern day  Austrailia , as we see far too often in the Home , where the Family Suffer , or , in the workplace , colleagues suffer , or even at the counter of a Service point in the Supermarket or shop ?

As a Union /Association , i am sure that Your Members have some form of Compensation , should they be involved in a RTI on the way to or from their place of work , BUT , would it not be BETTER , if these UNNECESSARY Incidents NEVER TOOK PLACE ? Cutting Victims out of Vehicles , could be so easily REPLACED , by your Membership EDUCATING Road Users ?

A Duo of Ordinary Police Officers in the Birmingham Area of the United Kingdom have taken , what at that time in 2016 , was unusual action . They convinced their Superiors to allow them to experiment with what is called a   #SafePassMat .  Since that success , they have involved Local Firies in their operations , AND , as they progressed , Further #EducationTools began to be USED . A visit to @TrafficWMP & @WMPHRT will give you further useful background on their ongoing operations , which are NOW becoming the basis of #Education/Enforcement Operations in the Majority of the 45 Policing Authorituies in the UK ! Even more to your point of View , is that there is growing cooperation from ALL Emergency Services .

From another direction the Metropolitan Police of London , started their OWN Education drive , using Large Trucks and Busses in their #ExchangingPlaces Operations . The @MetcycleCops , now have added more #EducationTools and roam throughout London as they link with other Units of the Metro Police on Daily Operations .

What is the difference between UK Police and Aussie Police ?

NOTHING !

These People , ALL go to work with the attitude of DOING THE BEST that they can , each day ! It is NOT Salary that determines this Attitude , since in Australia , as a CMFEU Labourer they can earn as much as twice the Income , but the desire to HELP their Community . No doubt it is the same for Other Emergency Service Workers !

Recently there was a conference of  nat'l mtg of Senior Police. See    https://www.weride.org.au/what-we-do/resources...  There a Video of the work done in West Midlands Policing area was shown . With ALL these Conferences , there would have been Info Overload , so i wonder how much of that Video and the Beneficial Outcomes would have been put to work at this time ? I doubt that there will be a rush to getting similar Operations underway , EVEN THOUGH LIVES ARE BEING LOST in the interim ? Tell the Parents of the Teen age Child , Road KILL in Queensland last week ! Even go back to Good Friday of 2017 , when Sgt Ken Rich was KILLED as he rode his Bike with his Daughter along an outer Melbourne Main Road . As i have been overseas in recent times , it may be that the perp has been charged and Court Action is Underway ? No doubt there are other Emergency workers that have suffered KSI , but the social media i follow , failed to report their RTI !

As a mid 70s Senior Citizen , i would wish to survive riding my Bike into my 90s , and whilst i was able to make 3 #SafePassMats for about $50 , so as to demonstrate their effectiveness , i doubt that i will be able to lay hands on the VRU unit that has been made available to ALL UK Policing Authorities by CyclingUK in recent weeks !  No doubt some member that attended that recent conference will have found a way to acquire one of those units ?

In summary , i ask that each of YOUR Unions & Associations WORK TOGETHER to canvas Politicians , to provide the FUNDING to allow your Superiors to form the Operational Units to follow the examples in Place in London & Birmingham for several years , that are ALSO being emulated in any number of European Countries . Each Service within the Community of Emergency Services can play their part in making a difference , thus reducing the Road Toll , that Politicians WANT to be ZERO , but FAIL to Fund !

NB , whilst in recent days , Cycling Australia has called on other Cycle safety Advocacy Groups to work together for the Safety of People on Bikes , they FAILED to include #SafeCyclingAustralia the family unit led by Dave Sharp , who together with Bruce FleggMP of Queensland , in 2013 brought about the #SplitRule , that has NOW become LAW in Most Aussie States ! It is ironic that this Family is Volunteer , yet the Salaried Group of #AMetreMatters , has FAILED in its home State to gain any  result , BUT , claims credit for work in the other states ! Had they stayed out of the Qld Enquiry in 2013 , we would have 1 1/2 Metres #SafePassLaws as the standard in Metro Areas under 50kph  , as exists in the EU , perhaps even the 2M there , as has often been applies in respect of RTIs involving children ?

MAKING YOUR MEMBERS SAFE , should be YOUR PRIORITY NOW  , in 2018 let alone in 2019 !

NOW is the time for ACTION , since the Media has highlighted the #Eide2Work , this week!

Their Safety will make it safe for ME , when i use the roads that they use !

As a Minority of ONE , i can take many Photos of #ProRacers , Male & Female , holding #Placards and #Gillets , even have the back story of their encounters with Danger . Note that #MarkDreyfuss_QC_MP was a victim of a Punishment Pass last Friday 12th Oct. , and Cadel Evans just related in a video his recent dangerous encounters whilst on the Aussie Roads , and NOW recommends ALL Cyclists USE a Video Camera !

Each DEATH diminishes OUR Community , BUT , it also TRAUMATISES your Membership ! Post Incident Trauma being a deterring component in YOUR WORKPLACE ?

STOP the UNNECESSARY KILLING , YOU have that ABILITY !

USE IT TODAY !

Skippy Mc Carthy

NB  Addendum on 18th Oct. 2018

My letter by Email to vatious Fire Fighter Unions :
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Letter to Various Emergency Services Unions
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As a Person that USES A BIKE , i am very much aware of the DANGERS posed by a minority of Vehicle Drivers . There is as element of the Population that chooses to ACTIVELY Endanger People on Bikes , and then there are those , that through their desire to Multi Task as they drive , Unwittingly ENDANGER Vulnerable Road Users .

Many of Your Membership , ALL of whom are required to meet Fitness Standards to meet their Work Standards , choose to USE a BIKE , whether for Fitness , Commuting or Pleasure . Over the years i have ridden with Ambos , ParaMedics , Firies , Police & Rescue Volunteers , ALL of whom recognise the Dangers posed to them when they take to the roads .

When a Person is up the road on a BIKE , the vehicle Driver will NOT KNOW WHO that person is , until after passing . By then it can be TOO Late , since they will have behaved in a manner that they regret , IF , they have Unwittingly Endangered that PƜerson by Squeezing through a Pinch Point , OR even worse , inflicting a PUNISHMENT PASS , because they have had a dispute with a Work Colleague , Family Member or another situation where they were , as they think , provoked to Abger , thus the Person on the BIKE becomes the FIRST Vulnerable Person that they can PAY BACK for the problem upper most in their mind . That they are INNOCENTLY involved , is of no consequence , it is PAY BACK to those irrational beings . Losing their RAG is an all too common occurence as we see far too often in the Home , where the Family Suffer , or , in the workplace , or even at the counter of a Service point in the Supermarket or shop ?

As a Union /Association , i am sure that Your Members have some form of Compensation , should they be involved in a RTI on the way to or from their place of work , BUT , would it not be BETTER , if these UNNECESSARY Incidents NEVER TOOK PLACE ?

A Duo of Ordinary Police Officers in the Birmingham Area of the United Kingdom have taken , what at that time in 2016 , was unusual action . They convinced their Superiors to allow them to experiment with what is called a #SafePassMat .  Since that success , they have involved Local Firies in their operations , AND , as they progressed Further #EducationTools began to be USED . A visit to @TrafficWMP & @WMPHRT will give you further useful background on their ongoing operations , which are NOW becoming the basis of #Education/Enforcement Operations in the Majority of the 45 Policing Authorituies in the UK !

From another direction the Metropolitan Police of London , started their OWN Education drive , using Large Trucks and Busses in their #ExchangingPlaces Operations . The @MetcycleCops , now have added more #EducationTools and roam throughout London as they link with other Units of the Metro Police on Daily Operations .

What is the difference between UK Police and Aussie Police ?

NOTHING !

THese People , ALL go to work with the attitude of DOING THE BEST that they can , each day ! It is NOT Salary that determines this Attitude , since as a CMFEU Labourer they can earn as much as twise the Income , but the desire to HELP their Community . No doubt it is the same for Other Emergency Service Workers !

Recently there was a conference of  nat'l mtg of senior Police. See https://www.weride.org.au/what-we-do/resources...  There a Video of the work done in West Midlands Policing area was shown . With ALL these Conferences , there would have been Info Overload , so i wonder how much of that Video and the Beneficial Benefits would have been put to work at this time ? I doubt that there will be a rush to getting similar Operations underway , EVEN THOUGH LIVES ARE BEING LOST in the interim ? Tell the Parents of the Teen age Child , Road KILL in Queensland last week ! Even go back to Good Friday of 2017 , when Sgt Ken Rich was KILLED as he rode his Bike with his Daughter . As i haave been overseas in recent times , it may be that the perp has been charged and Court Action is Underway ? No doubt there are other Emergency workers that have suffered KSI , but the social media i follow , failed to report their RTI !

As a mid 70s Senior Citizen , i would wish to survive riding my Bike into my 90s , and whilst i was able to make 3 #SafePassMats for about $50 , so as to demonstrate their effectiveness , i doubt that i will be able to lay hands on the VDU unit that has been made available to ALL UK Policing Authorities by CyclingUK in recent weeks !  No doubt some member that attended the conference will have found a way to acquire one of those units ?

In summary , i ask that each of YOUR Unions & Associations WORK TOGETHER to canvass Politicians , to provide the FUNDING to allow your Superiors to form the Operational Units to follow the examples in Place in London & Birmingham for several years , that are being emulated in any number of European Countries . Each Service within the Community of Emergency Services can play their part in making a difference , thus reducing the Road Toll , that Politicians WANT to be ZERO , but FAIL to Fund !

NB , whilst in recent days , Cycling Australia has called on other Cycle safety Advocacy Groups to work together for the Safety of People on Bikes , they FAILED to include #SafeCyclingAustralia the family unit led by Dave Sharp , who together with Bruce FleggMP of Queensland in 2013 brought about the #SplitRule , that has become LAW in Most Aussie States ! It is ironic that this Family is Volunteer , yet the Salaried Group of #AMetreMatters , has FAILED in its home State to gain a result , BUT , claims credit for work in the other states ! Had they stayed out of the Qld Enquity in 2013 , we would have 1 1/2 Metres #SafePassLaws as the standard , as exists in the EU , perhaps even the 2M there , as applies in respect of children ?

MAKING YOUR MEMBERS SAFE , should be YOUR PRIORITY in 2018 !

NOW !

Their Safety will make it safe for ME , when i use the roads that they use !

As a Minority of ONE , i can take many Photos of #ProRacers , Male & Female , holding #Placards and #Gillets , even have the back story of their encounters with Danger . Note that #MarkDreyfuss_QC_MP was a victim of a Punishment Pass last Friday , and Cadel Evans just related in a video his recent dangerous encounters whilst on the Aussie Roads !

Each DEATH diminishes OUR Community , BUT , it also TRAUMATISES your Membership !

STOP the UNNECESSARY KILLING , YOU have that ABILITY !

USE IT TODAY !

Skippy Mc Carthy






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Monday, June 15, 2015

CYCLING should be a RELIGION !

During the period i have neglected this Blog , i have been travelling here and there .

Not a day passes that i am not on the bike in one form or other , due to the need to energise the muscles . Rain or Snow limits the riding to the TACX indoors , but rarely have the roads been so bad that an outdoor outing was not advisable .

Daily i check a few " Cycling Safety Pages " to catch up with what the rest of the world is experiencing .  Rarely do i see ANY GOOD NEWS !  Fact is the attitude to Cyclists / People on BIKES is so pathetic , that one wonders WHY the aggressors think that they are allowed to behave in such a manner ?  Are they SO LOW in Self Esteem , that they resort to BULLYING those that they do not know ?

It matters not , what part of the English Speaking World that you live in , Cyclists experience the type of ABUSE that would not be allowed in any of those Countries if directed at a particular member of a Racial or Religious Community .

When there are Policing Authorities that work hard at identifying Racial Hatred and Internet Bullying , it seems strange that theey TOTALLY IGNORE the welfare of CYCLISTS !

IF Cycling was a Religion , would there be the same COMPLACENCY ?

A person getting on a BIKE , does not become INVISIBLE / NON PERSON ?

Those of you that want a little light relief , as one cyclist fights back , should have a lool at :

http://101wankers.tumblr.com/

such a pity that it has been dormant for years , more people with the same idea would ensure that vehicle drivers would take greater care .

In recent weeks i have stopped contributing comment to :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/stopkillingcyclists

Seems there are about 4k+ keyboard warriors there , leaving a hard core of enthusiasts to carry the load . Repeatedly i have called on the Co Founders to create the means to CONTRIBUTE Monies to help defray the expenses generated by their " DIE IN Actions " !

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/cyclists-stage-die-in-protest-after-latest-london-rider-fatality-175824

 In 2015 there has been 6 Events in London brought about by HGV Traffic violence !  Each of these " Die INs " has had less Media Coverage than was deserved .

In recent days there has been a number of reports that indicate that WOMEN are suffering continual harassment as they take to the roads on their bikes :

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/11/female-cyclists-bad-driving-harassment-study-uk-women-men-near-miss

http://gu.com/p/49kjf/fb

http://road.cc/content/news/154392-cyclists-experience-scary-near-miss-once-week-according-study

BULLIES will always seek to attack the weaker , thus even though they are in their mobile coffin , those chancers will prefer to risk confrontation with an older lady , than a young guy ?

Very few Cyclists have the ability or TIME to chase down the perpetrators , but i can tell you that in recent times , that when i have suffered as the result of a " Marked Vehicle " , i have gone to the office of the Vehicle Owner or the Head Contractor and caused them to seek out the driver for an explanation of their behaviour . Very rarely has there been a refusal to cooperate when dealt with on a person to person basis .

When more CYCLISTS / People on BIKES , take the time to deal with the Owner of the offending Vehicle , there will be a change of attitude , due to fear of the consequences of this " ANTI SOCIAL" behaviour !  What Business spends/wastes money to advertise themselves as a source of DANGER to their potential client base ?

Addition
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Those that live in Co. Wexford will be aware of the " Cycle Safety Signs " ?

To encourage MORE AWARENESS , there is a competition that can be joined by a visit to :

https://www.facebook.com/stayinaliveat1.5







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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SCAPEGOATING !

67yo Bus Driver sentenced to 10years after Pleading Guilty to " Dangerous Driving "!

WHAT ABOUT his Bosses ?

This comment from another blog is relevant :

http://saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.com/

  "   For this trial to have had any real impact, Judge Kennedy should have placed Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy, MD Surface Transport Leon Daniel, and Stagecoach MD Mark Threapleton on the dock and interrogated them about bus performance contracts, driver working conditions, and common bus driver practices that may have influenced Mr. Todd's behaviour at the fateful (and fatal) moment.  Until the cascade of responsibility falls on those people directly accountable for TfL's Bus Safety Black Hole, the system will always get the wrong men.

Yes someone has to pay back to Society , for DEATHS on London Roads , BUT , the Drivers are DIRECTED TO DRIVE in the way they DO !

THOSE directing are RESPONSIBLE , thus SHOULD ALSO be standing in the DOCK !

Did the Judge say THIS ?  Quote from the Blog :

Judge Kennedy merely treated this incident as a "one-off" traffic 'accident' that could have happened to anyone:
"All those who drive: look in the mirror, tell me if you ever got to the end of the road and wondered what happened in the last 150 yards. Thank god in that 150 yards nothing dreadful happened.
“If anyone tells me that that’s never happened to them I will tell them I don’t believe them.
“A tragedy occurred inexplicable of proper decision. There’s nothing I can do that will reverse the terrible consequences."

Wonder when the JUDGE will decide to retire , so as to make room for a person with an awareness of REALITY ?


In case TFL are so asleep that they have not registered this fact , i have copied an item from Paul Russell of CIRAS !

IT WILL COST YOU NOTHING for the Busses to be a MEMBER of CIRAS !

 "  I am seeking to engage with TfL on this matter soon and hope that we can progress towards establishing future membership. CIRAS will be exhibiting at Eurobus next month at the NEC, Birmingham, so if you or your colleagues are attending please come by the CIRAS stall, D19. 


WHAT A BARGAIN !



For those that have difficulties in London with London Busses , here are 2 useful Email Addresses :

LeonDaniels@tfl.gov.uk  Personal Experience has shown a certain level of cooperation 

PeterHendy@Tfl.gov.uk

Sourced from this quote by @comadad

 "  In the end, I just tweeted the parent the emails of Peter Hendy (PeterHendy@Tfl.gov.uk) and Leon Daniels (LeonDaniels@tfl.gov.uk).  If I was using my free time on Saturday to run interference for TfL, then why shouldn't its bosses have their day-of-rest disturbed too?  The parent informed me that, to his credit, Leon Daniels did email back promptly on Saturday afternoon.  I don't know what explanation the parent finally received from TfL, but Leon Daniels quick reaction gives me some hope that TfL management might cease to dismiss the feedback from pedestrians, cyclists, bus passengers, and bus drivers that I'm regularly publishing on my blog.  

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