How safe is this new path­way?

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

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.

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