Coastal Bike Path - Bikes Banned?

Postby Aushiker » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:57 am

G'day

This issue has raised its ugly head again in the Community Comment pages of the Stirling Times (December 4, 2007). It has arisen following the publication of a letter about cyclists by Angela Smith last week.

I posted a reply which was published this week and Councillor Bill Smith [[email protected]] took the opportunity to take up his band wagon again.

I suggest anyone interested should send a letter to the editor on the subject matter and for that matter to Councillor Smith. The email address for the Editor is [email protected] . You need to provide your full name, address and daytime phone number.

We really need to stand up and be the loud majority here.

My email as published is below:

I UNDERSTAND Angela's frustration at some cyclists in her letter (Lunatics in lycra are a danger, Community, November 27).

Just as I am sure she is not labelling all cyclists as lunatics, because not all cyclists are, just as not all pedestrians are.

To ensure balance I am sure Angela forgot to mention two other "rules" that apply to the those same shared paths she referred too. Namely "Keep Left" and "Dogs on a Lead." As both a cyclist (and I sometimes where lycra as it is very comfortable for riding) and a walker and I too find it frustrating when I see cyclists riding inappropriately.

However what scares me more, are pedestrians who don't look before walking onto the paths, who walk like they own the whole path (often in the middle or on the right) so when I do ring my bell, I have no idea which way they are going to go and parents who let their children run and play on paths.

All my near misses on shared paths and thankfully they have been near misses, have been not because of cyclists but because of pedestrians not doing the right thing and sharing the path.

You can also be assured Angela I have no desire to hit a child or a pedestrian as I am sure they have no desire to be hit either!

So I suggest, that both pedestrians AND cyclists need to do the right thing. It is after all, a SHARED path.

As to Angela's comment about riding on the road, I just hope that she does not take her anger out at cyclists when behind the wheel of a car.

Cyclists are people too Angela: they are mums and dads, sons and daughters.

They have a right to live and ride in peace and security too, just like you wish to walk in peace and security.

So please, lets all be considerate of others both on the paths and on the roads.


Regards
Andrew
Last edited by Aushiker on Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
"Pedal-pounding pounce" - D. Fluellen - West Australian 13/1/14
Image
User avatar
Aushiker
 
Posts: 20192
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:55 pm
Location: Fremantle, WA

by BNA » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:41 pm

BNA
 

Postby nimm » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:41 pm

well said
/ Giant OCR / Go Vegan /
User avatar
nimm
 
Posts: 611
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:24 pm
Location: Perth

Postby senator52 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:43 pm

Respect Andrew.
User avatar
senator52
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:12 pm
Location: Perth, WA

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:56 pm

Nicely done.

There's an art in telling people to go to hell in such a way that they actually look forward to the trip :wink:

Shaun
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
User avatar
Mulger bill
Super Mod
Super Mod
 
Posts: 25866
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:41 pm
Location: Sunbury Vic

Previous

Return to Western Australia

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider]



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit