FROM THE EDITOR
Cyclists have complained over the design of the new pathway underpasses at the Mangaone Stream, saying the hairpin bends are too tight and the slopes too steep.
The underpasses are helpful and important to get cyclists and pedestrians safely across the road where there’s poor visibility.
But in this case, I think many cyclists will be reluctant to take on the bends and chug up the slopes so they’ll attempt to cross the road without using the new path, which defeats the safety purpose.
It’s good to see the council will review the pathways and consider making adjustments if needed for safety but I do think the council’s response to the issue is fair.
It’s a shared pathway and cyclists should be slowing down in these areas to make it safe for pedestrians as well.
If that means stopping and walking for a few metres to avoid a possible injury, then I’m sure cyclists can manage.
- Lisa Houston