Thanks to all those who came to my aid
On Friday June 23, when I was picking up my two greatgrandchildren from Kapanui School, I tripped and fell onto the footpath. I suffered a gash to the head and damage to my hands and knees.
I want to sincerely thank those people who immediately took care of me.
Gina and Finella applied pressure to the bleeding artery and covered me with a blanket. When it started to rain they covered me with umbrellas. Aaron Wagstaff called an ambulance and phoned Trish Halbert to pick up the girls. He stayed with me and made calls again when the ambulance hadn’t arrived after 20 minutes.
We were then able to decide that it was necessary to go to the Waikanae Health Centre. Trish Halbert had phoned her daughter to pick up the girls so that she could take me to the medical centre. I received excellent treatment there and Trish took me home.
There were other people, like Mr Brunton from Kapanui School, who also helped. The children impressed me. As their parents were helping me, they were quiet and did what we asked of them.
I felt totally safe and supported by all you people and I ammost grateful.
Our OtakiMP Nathan Guy made the point several weeks ago that his electorate has one of the greatest number of senior citizens of any in the country.
Unfortunately, the local council are not taking that into account when budgeting for the upgrade of local streets and footpaths, especially in Otaki.
A very obvious example of this is Mill Rd/Main St, which is the busiest street in Otaki and, more importantly, has the busiest footpaths, which are in poor condition, with power poles down one side with rough tar-seal between them with a variable width.
The council did endeavour to improve matters by painting cycle lanes each side, but unfortunately most cyclists don’t use those, especially children whose parents insist that they ride on the footpaths, which by name are for us to walk on, not for cyclists.
In any event, children riding between elderly people, in many cases using walking sticks, is a very poor mixture indeed.
Some weeks ago, I saw two Otaki College lads racing through the Main St shops, one on a bike on the footpath close to the shops and one driving a car on the street.
Parents, please understand that when you purchase your child a push bike you are providing your child with a potentially deadly piece of equipment for which you are responsible.
We are inclined to think of children in these situations, but adults are also dangerous on bikes and tend to dodge between people on footpaths, and don’t give a damn, and expect us to get out of their space as they see it.
I believe that push bikes should be registered and carry a number plate like other road users to enable bad behaviour to be reported, which I amsure would make a difference.
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Cyclists should be on roads, not on footpaths.