14th January 2015

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Dragon tamers KINGSTON Libraries are hosting various events over the summer school holidays. Bodea, 8, from Edithvale and David, 6, from Parkdale visited Chelsea Library earlier this week to take part in a ‘How to train your Dragon’ craft class. The duo made shields to protect themselves from their dragons’ fire breath during training. David also constructed a sword to ward off any misbehaving dragons. See kingston.vic.gov.au/library for full details of libraries’ school holidays activities. Picture: Gary Sissons

Beach Rd safety ‘on the up’ Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au EARLY morning weekend car parking bans – and a greater emphasis on road safety after an elderly pedestrian was knocked down and killed by a peloton cyclist in Mentone in 2006 – have been credited with reducing accidents and improving road manners along Beach Rd.

Communicating with other cyclists and keeping an eye out for parked cars were other keys to safer Beach Rd cycling, Kingston Police Pro-Active Policing Acting Sergeant David Ingram said. He said ‘doorings’ and smashing into the backs of parked cars accounted for a “good proportion” of cycling accidents – especially when cyclists were riding in groups. This often led to hor-

rific injuries when riders, often doing 30-40km/hr, crashed head-first through car back windows, receiving facial lacerations and neck injuries. It is equally important for car drivers and passengers to check for oncoming cyclists before opening their doors, he said. Sgt Ingram said police were “still monitoring” the so-called ‘Hellriders’ who had been accused of running red

lights, riding more than two-abreast and riding in more than a single lane. However, anecdotally, road rules breaches are far less of a problem now than in previous years. A study by a Monash academic called Geospatial Analysis of Cycling Injury Trends: an Investigation in Melbourne, Australia found that, while “peak injury density” in popular cycling areas in Melbourne increased

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three-fold from 2000-2011, a decrease was observed in Beach Rd, possibly due to a “combination of behaviour and road infrastructure change”. Doctorate student Brendan Lawrence discovered while Beach Rd had an above average number of serious cyclist crashes in that period, peaking at 34 in 2009, injury density had dipped or remained static since 2005. Continued Page 8

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