Cycling in Melbourne Australia
hmmm fish bike for shark to chase... Was chatting to a potential tenderer this week who is a major importer of utility bikes and medium low cost bikes into Australia and based in melb...and we got around to the landmine of liability in the event ( and highly likely events) of liability claims by riders/users and the general public for property damage and the conflict with TAC etc on personal injuries potential liability.
Key element is the helmet laws ( as existing schemes overseas dont require helmets) and as they stand here in Australia with compulsory helmet use laws there is the potential nightmare for anyone providing a helmet service to accompany the shared bike scheme or as an integral aspect of the hire arrangement... particularly the instruction on proper user, and any aspect of hygiene, let alone security. It was accepted that it is absurdly impractical to expect riders to bring their own helmet( as was suggested by someone who wears a bow tie)... all in all a very messy complex marketing user constraint and a massive liability issue.
The accompanying prospect of a change in liability law was also discussed and considered desirable, ie: all drivers of vehicles( including bicycle riders as drivers of a bicycle) have an prima facie liability to any other road user of lesser mass and speed potential than themselves in the event of a collision, thus they must prove no fault on their part in the fist instance to avoid a) a penalty and b) liability for damages and injuries.
As it stands this potential tenderer valued his existing business survival and saving his children' s financial future from claims by reconsidering his proposal to be "not on your nelly" ... so Veolia by all means bring it on! ( if your international results justify it ( or your special deal to secure the Trains and Trams in Melbourne demand it!) but that is another discusion ( quiet class, hold that thought till later, its time for recess)