Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pedestrian Assaulted by Cyclist Shared Path Road Rage North Sydney Daily Telegraph

"The park is for people - cycling is a great form of green travel but so is walking," 

"CYCLISTS may be banned from rat-running through St Leonards Park in North Sydney after councillors witnessed a rider "aggressively" shove a resident, knocking him to the ground."


North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson suggested cyclists be made to ride around the park via Falcon, Miller and Ridge streets.

"The park is for people - cycling is a great form of green travel but so is walking," she said.

"Cyclists save one or two minutes cutting through the park - the risk to pedestrians does not warrant it," she said.


"Cr Virginia Bevan called for cyclists to be registered so they could be tracked and fined for breaching road rules."

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/cycling-walking-pedestrian-death.html

Cyclist shoves walker to ground sparking review of shared pathway in St Leonards Park

St Leonards Park
North Sydney Council is assessing the shared pathways in St Leonards Park after councillors witnessed a cyclist assault a pedestrian recently. Picture: Dave Swift, Source: NewsLocal
CYCLISTS may be banned from rat-running through St Leonards Park in North Sydney after councillors witnessed a rider "aggressively" shove a resident, knocking him to the ground.
The alleged attack, which left the victim with cuts and bruises, occurred while he was walking his dog along the shared-user path about 6pm on Tuesday, February 26.
Councillors and staff were inspecting the shared cycle/ pedestrian pathway as part of a proposed upgrade at the time.
"A very aggressive cyclist came towards me at high speed and yelled 'get out of the way' before he swerved to miss me," the victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
"I heard footsteps running behind me, then a massive shove in the back...I fell head first while the cyclist continued to abuse me, he said 'next time I'll kill you'."
The incident, which was reported to police, has prompted other park users to come forward with complaints about commuter cyclists travelling at high speeds, intimidating pedestrians and even kicking dogs.
"Safety is deteriorating on the footpath, I've been abused and threatened - keep paths for pedestrians," Kirribilli resident Graeme Morcom told the March 4 council meeting.
North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson suggested cyclists be made to ride around the park via Falcon, Miller and Ridge streets.
"The park is for people - cycling is a great form of green travel but so is walking," she said.
"Cyclists save one or two minutes cutting through the park - the risk to pedestrians does not warrant it," she said.
Cr Virginia Bevan called for cyclists to be registered so they could be tracked and fined for breaching road rules.
But bike riders said they were the real victims of road rage with more cyclists killed by motor vehicles each year than pedestrians injured by riders.
"The behaviour exhibited by this one cyclist is not typical of behaviour exhibited by all riders - the best outcome is to have two paths separating cyclists and pedestrians," Bicycle NSW representative Caroline New said.
Council rangers have been carrying out extra patrols in St Leonards Park during peak periods over the past two weeks.
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