DISREGARD TO DISABLED
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