Friday, August 10, 2012

Cyclists Hazard Speeding Shared Path Creep Cyclists are endangering Pedestrians Stonnington Leader


Shared-Path Creep Cyclists!


"People i.e. pedestrians are part of the environment too. 
Cycling must be people-friendly" 

Pete Dowe


Former Roads Minister Tim Pallas told the Victorian Parliament 

"while the risk of a serious injury or fatality is low...

the consequences of a collision involving a cyclist (and pedestrian)

may be severe"



Bicycle paths and shared paths
Rule: A bike rider must give way* to pedestrians when using a shared path and slow down when passing pedestrians and other bike riders.
 
Tip: Use your bell or your voice to warn others as you are passing them.

*give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision


“cyclists who were travelling faster than 30km/h five times more likely to receive a head injury than slower riders.” The Age 27/7/12


HAVE YOUR SAY: Dodging trouble on bike paths

Madeleine Hall, on Glenferrie Rd near the Monash Freeway overpass, says the shared footpath is dangerous. Picture: MARTIN REDDY N43MP800
Madeleine Hall, on Glenferrie Rd near the Monash Freeway overpass, says the shared footpath is dangerous. Picture: MARTIN REDDY N43MP800
SPEEDING cyclists are endangering pedestrians at a popular shared path in Kooyong, a Toorak resident says.
Madeleine Hall raised the alarm after a cyclist crashed into her husband while he was walking their dog on Glenferrie Rd under the Monash Freeway overpass.
At the trouble spot, a short section of footpath links the Gardiners Creek shared path between H.A. Smith Reserve and Kooyong Park.
“Between 7am and 10am, there are hundreds and hundreds of bikes just going flat out,” Ms Hall said.
“They just show no regard for pedestrians.
“I feel threatened; there is a real problem there.”
She said her concerns about reckless cyclists were shared by a number of residents who were now afraid to walk along the shared path in its present condition.
Ongoing freeway construction work had worsened path congestion and action needed to be taken, including widening the trails or installing barriers to slow cyclists, Ms Hall said.
Stonnington North Ward councillor Tas Athanasopoulos, who said he had visited the site, said the council was now aware of the contentious path and the matter would be followed up.
“If it is bought to our attention and we don’t act, then we’ve got problems,” Cr Athanasopoulos said.
He suggested a police presence at the underpass just “once or twice” could also help remind cyclists of responsibilities to pedestrians.
Stonnington chief executive Warren Roberts said previous path widening in the high-use area had been prompted by past resident concerns.

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