The other morning when I was walking along Wellington's waterfront to work, a cyclist had the grace to ring her bell to let me know she was coming up fairly slowly behind me.
Not so the "boy bike racers", who treat the confines of the waterfront as a training track. Some of them are capable of sprint speeds of 50kmh, which could be very injurious were they to hit a pedestrian.
This likelihood is quite high because you can't hear their bikes coming up behind you, and these cyclists don't slow down when the path width narrows to a couple of metres at Shed 5. Instead, they weave in and out of walkers, presumably on a prayer that a pedestrian won't change his or her direction.
Why should we, enjoying a great bracing walk on the waterfront, far removed from road traffic, have to keep checking behind us? Will it take a serious injury before something is done about these people, or will something be done after my arrest for throwing one of their expensive bikes into the harbour?
NICHOLAS C SAULT
10 Oct 2010