Cy­cling on foot­paths, a good idea?

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ALower Hutt mu­mis cam­paign­ing to al­low chil­dren, ac­com­pa­nied with adults, to ride on foot­paths. Weasked read­ers on Neigh­bourly whether they thought chil­dren should be al­lowed to cy­cle on foot­paths in Cam­bridge. Our Neigh­bourly poll on the topic re­vealed 71 per cent of those who voted thought kids should be able to cy­cle on foot­paths while 20 per cent did not. street. Isn’t there a cy­cle path in main street? Maybe coun­cil could make some more cy­cle­ways through the town for all cy­clists to feel safer on. Pedes­tri­ans and cy­clist don’t work well.


sav­ing their lives from the some­what di­a­bol­i­cal Cam­bridge traf­fic.


We must be wary as the num­ber of cy­clists and mo­bil­ity scoot­ers in town is grow­ing, which means ma­noeu­vre­abil­ity for pedes­tri­ans be­comes limited. Should we ban them both, have larger foot­paths or specif­i­cally marked lanes? The ‘‘serious’’ cy­clists who do not use the cy­cle lane through Kara­piro should also be tar­geted!


Foot­paths are foot­paths to aid walk­ing peo­ple’s safety. Great con­cern for the vul­ner­a­ble el­derly bal­anc­ing them­selves to keep mo­bile and the very young who en­joy the free­dom to be un­re­strained. Any cy­clist young or old weav­ing their way through pedes­tri­ans make foot­paths un­safe. I have had many fright­en­ing close ex­pe­ri­ences with my el­derly par­ents and grand­chil­dren of­ten putting off be­ing in town. So my con­cern is what are the foot­paths for, walk­ing or cy­cling?


Per­haps there could be lines on one side for cy­clists? It re­ally is dan­ger­ous for them on the road th­ese days but they must have a code of con­duct so they act with re­spect for oth­ers us­ing the foot­paths with feet.


Young chil­dren, up to age 10 -12, should be able to ride on foot­paths, so long as they are su­per­vised. They need to be con­fined to one side of the foot­path leav­ing room for pedes­tri­ans to walk safely.


I was walk­ing along Pope Ter­race foot­path, in front of me a gent with walk­ing stick and his small dog. Com­ing to­wards us was a group of boys, rac­ing each other on bikes. One of them got close enough to con­nect with the walk­ing stick of the gent who went down hard on his hip. None of those boys stopped to help or en­quire about the damage they may have done to him. Al­though he was badly shaken, I was able to get him to his feet and for­tu­nately he had a mo­bile so I was able to call his fam­ily. Foot­paths are for walk­ing!

Cy­cling is be­com­ing a dom­i­nant sport and recre­ational ac­tiv­ity in Waipa.

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