Cyclist hits bollard
TERRY Litis believes his helmet saved him from serious injury when he hit a metal bollard and flew head first off his bicycle.
The Como resident was left with a suspected broken toe after he hit the bollard along the path next to the skatepark at McCallum Park.
Mr Litis said he believed he could have died or been seriously hurt from the accident, which occured while he was riding along the path at dusk on August 3.
“I remember seeing some people next to the path and then the next thing happened and I landed on my head,” he said.
“There is no signage about the bollards and at the time it had no markings, which made it impossible to see. But since then there has been a small bit of reflective material put on it.
“I went to the Town of Victoria Park and they fobbed me off and just gave me a very legal response, which stated they had no liability.
“Apparently it needs to be there to prevent vehicular access but I don’t think it serves a purpose,” he said.
Town of Victoria Park chief executive officer Anthony Vuleta said the metal bollard had been there for 14 years. It was installed to keep vehicles off the path. “The Town understands there was an incident with a cyclist, and that a claim has been made,” he said.
“There is red reflective material on the bollard but a further strip has been added.”
Cyclist Terry Litis says this bollard, which he crashed into while cycling, is unnecessary and a menace.