How safe is this new pathway?
In our Page 4 story this week, some Palmerston North cyclists have expressed their disappointment at the design of new underpasses on the Mangaone Stream shared pathway.
We asked readers on our Neighbourly page what they thought about the hairpin bends and whether they’re too tight for cycling safely.
It was a close poll. Of 35 votes, 37.1 per cent agreed the hairpins were unsafe and 37.1 per cent said they were fine. The other 25.7 per cent said they were not bothered. Here’s some of what you said: Tabitha and Jono Jonson, from Awapuni: ’’What’s the alternative? If the track went straight in from each direction, you would have the opposite effect of cyclists moving fast through the bottleneck of the bridge with little or no warning to pedestrians. It would be the same effect you get around parts of the bridle track where people have no warning of cyclists approaching. There is minimal space they have to play with.
They could add a bit of length to the hair pin to to act as a run off and mounds to ‘‘assist’’ with slowing down and stopping for the likes of runaway scooters, bikes and prams. If you’re an adult and moving too fast on a bike to negotiate it then, well you are moving too fast to be safe on a ‘‘shared’’ pathway. Remembering it’s a flood channel, so any changes would need to be maintained and managed. They have at least given a safe option to crossing Botanical Rd. To be honest most cyclists/adult walkers will do the same they do at the Pioneer H’way underpass, wait for a break in the traffic and cross the road rather than getting off and wheeling their bikes down and up the provided ramp.’’
Tim Reader, from Takaro: ’’Honestly who was the over paid engineer who thought of this?oh no not the same guy involved in the ‘‘new proposed’’ manawatu river bridge...’’
Jenni Chong, from Takaro: ‘‘They can slow down at the bend.’’
Dale Rosvall, from Highbury-Westbrook: ‘‘I agree. They can slow down. Lots of people walk these tracks as well, on their own or with dogs or children. It’s a shared track.’’
Heather Williams, from Awapuni: ‘‘With the look of this one would need to get off their bike to safely go around the bend.’’
Cyclists have complained about the hairpins on a new cycle path at Mangaone Stream.