The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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

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