A series of deaths in Melbourne has dominated cycling related news this week.
On Wednesday, The Herald Sun reported that a 14-year-old boy had died in hospital a week after he was struck and seriously injured by a car while riding a bicycle along Frankston-Flinders Road, near the Mornington Peninsula.
The identity of the boy has not been released to the public. The 32-year-old driver of the car was taken to hospital for observation, along with her 32-year-old passenger, who was treated for minor injuries.
The Age reported on the same day that a cyclist had been killed after being hit by a garbage truck in Travencore. The truck driver is believed to have been travelling along Mount Alexander Road before turning left into Mooltan Street and colliding with the cyclist. The rider died at the scene.
Later that day, The Herald Sun reported that a woman riding a bike near St Kilda Junction was killed after being hit by a truck at the intersection of St Kilda and Queens Roads. Police believe that the cyclist, aged in her 20s, died at the scene. They are currently asking members of the public who witnessed the accident or have dash-cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers.
The string of deaths come as Police urge drivers to be considerate of vulnerable road users and avoid putting others at risk.
On Thursday, The Herald Sun published video footage taken by a Melbourne cyclist showing motorists driving on the Capital City Trail, one of the city’s busiest shared bike paths. The footage shows the driver of a yellow hatchback cutting across a nature strip and using the cycling path as a shortcut to drive onto a street. In a separate recorded incident, a silver sedan is seen blocking the path as the driver waits for dozens of cyclists to ride around them so they can turn onto a busy street.
“It is disappointing to see drivers breaking the law and putting other road users at risk” a spokesperson from Victoria Police told The Herald Sun.
In other news, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that construction had begun on a 5km bike path that will run between Victoria and Epping Roads in Sydney, connecting Gladesville and North Ryde.
The project is expected to cost $10 million, and is being jointly funded by Transport for NSW and the City of Ryde.