Cycling on footpaths, a good idea?
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.