Cyclists on footpaths
The arguments between Motorists and cyclists continue with no end in sight. I am moved to write this after being hit by a car last Wednesday. (Re: Bums on Bikes, Write On, August 4) I am a cyclist and I run red lights frequently and will continue to do so as well as riding on footpaths. I do this not to deliberately annoy motorists but merely get from A to B safely in one piece.
Roads are for cars and footpaths are for pedestrians therefore us cyclists are the “lepers” of the road caught in no mans land, were we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.
Avoidance is the best policy when on a bike amongst traffic and if that means jumping the lights and riding footpaths to stay out of way of cars then so be it. However I am also a motorist so I can see the other point of view.
Here’s an example. Whilst driving up Adelaide Rd from the John St intersection I had to slow to 10Kph behind three other cars who were following a cyclist grinding his way up the hill. I remember cringing as frustrated motoristists angrily swerved to overtake as oncoming traffic sped towards them.
Here was me, a cyclist despairing at another rider for not having the sense to
ride on the footpath up such a busy, traffic clogged, arterial route. But of course doing so might have angered a Pedestrian! It is a contentious issue and one that will continue for some time. My hope is that commonsense, courtesy and patience will prevail on both sides.
John Martin, Island Bay