Ar­row makes ‘keep left’ point

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRIS­TINE WALSH

New Ply­mouth’s Kevin Har­vey is a fre­quent user of the New Ply­mouth Coastal Walk­way and can’t sing its praises highly enough.

The re­tiree of­ten rides his elec­tric bi­cy­cle along the rib­bon of con­crete that spans from near Port Taranaki past the cen­tral city, wind­ing up past Bell Block.

‘‘I can go from here to Fitzroy, have a swim, ride it back again and still stay cool.’’

That’s de­spite be­ing in­jured in 2016, when he crashed his bike on the walk­way near Bell Block. The ac­ci­dent made the head­lines, along with his plea urg­ing peo­ple to ‘keep left’ when us­ing the track.

Har­vey said at that time it could have been avoided if the walk­ers who were in­volved fol­lowed the keep left rule. Un­for­tu­nately his plea seemed to fall on a few deaf ears and the safety is­sue con­tin­ues to weigh heav­ily on his mind.

So-much-so he’s been tempted, but only tempted, to go out one night and spray paint ar­row signs him­self along the walk­way to get the ‘keep left’ point across.

‘‘Some­one’s gonna near die, and if I didn’t do any­thing, we should do, shouldn’t we,’’ Har­vey said.

‘‘To my way of thinking, when peo­ple learn for their li­cense to walk on the right, which is sen­si­ble be­cause you can see on­com­ing traf­fic that’s on your side. The walk­way is to­tally dif­fer­ent, so peo­ple need to be re­minded that it’s dif­fer­ent.’’

The ar­row is a uni­ver­sal sym­bol and the grand­fa­ther said a com­mon sense way to pre­vent fur­ther ac­ci­dents is sim­ple; a small ar­row, painted in white, in the cen­tre of the walk­way about ev­ery 50 me­tres-or-so would do the trick. Har­vey had gone so far as to mock up an ar­row sten­cil and spray paint it on a piece of board in red. It com­prises an ar­row in the cen­tre fac­ing ahead with a small ar­row that faces left com­ing out of it. ‘‘It makes a per­son think, ‘what is it?’’

With re­gards to the cur­rent signs that read ‘share and care’ Har­vey said some peo­ple don’t know how to share any­way.

Har­vey said it is a cheap so­lu­tion and you don’t have to speak English to read it. ‘‘I’ve just about found the road safer be­cause if you ap­proach a cy­clist ev­ery­body is want­ing to go left, they’re not thinking they’ll ever go right on the road and skit­tle out,’’ he said.


New Ply­mouth’s Kevin Har­vey want’s walk­way users to get his ‘keep left’ point.

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