Cy­clist hits bol­lard

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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