DIS­RE­GARD TO DIS­ABLED

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

I read your ed­i­to­rial in The Tri­bune (May 17) that con­cluded with mak­ing out cy­clists are too lazy to walk the un­der­passes a few me­tres (more like 40 me­tres) and that we just want to go as fast as we can and mow down pedes­tri­ans.

What you did not take into ac­count was the many el­derly and dis­abled who can cy­cle, but have no walk­ing abil­ity.

I com­plained to the coun­cil about two dan­ger­ous spots on the river track about two years ago.

They to­tally ig­nored me and have not re­paired those sites.

Now they have made more un­der­passes with ex­actly the same faults.

The cy­cle­ways are meant to be for all ratepay­ers.

Why should the el­derly and dis­abled cy­clists be ex­cluded?

I fall off my bike ev­ery time I at­tempt these faulty parts of the cy­cle­way, caus­ing dam­age to me and my bike.

I have in­tense pain and al­most im­pos­si­ble chal­lenge to walk up such a steep hill haul­ing my bike up be­side me.

Ev­ery­one else gets to en­joy the cy­cle track. I can only en­joy some of it and dread other parts.

The coun­cil had a story in the pa­per say­ing the un­der­pass can be used by ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the dis­abled.

That is to­tal bull, de­spite my telling them of the faults two years ago so they knew what to make bet­ter.

What bet­ter way to get a fin­ger from the coun­cil that el­derly and dis­abled cy­clists who like me have only cy­cling to be mo­bile, are not en­ti­tled to use the tracks.

It’s a to­tal dis­re­gard and fin­ger to us and you sup­ported them.

Karen Su, Palmer­ston North

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