How safe are our shared paths

Posted: September 26, 2009 in cycling
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I little while ago I posted about the lack of care and attention that pedestrians were giving whilst out walking, running etc.  i tried to make points both for and against both sides of the arguments.  In summary I thought it was about time pedestrians made more of an effort to make themselves seen and heard on the shared paths of Perth.

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Riding safely

However today I find myself having a dig at cyclists, I am a cyclist, I ride on the shared paths daily to work and also on the weekends.  I ride usually solo or with 1 or 2 friends.  I know that there are lots of bike stores that run rides from there respective stores, however I have to say that the safety aspect of some of these rides leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Today I went for a quick 40k around the river, the weather was great and I’m sure this brought out lots of fair weather cyclists, it was awesome.  What I did not find awesome was the lack of care and attention that was being displayed by some of the large peleton’s they were riding big packs travelling at very fast speeds around a path that really is not designed for this kind of use.  The paths were full of kids and parents doing there daily walks etc.  I have to ask myself what people are thinking when they travel in large packs on a small dual use path.

There are also the packs that run red lights, ride more than 3 abreast and generally cause a lot of trouble on the road.

How would you feel if you hit a pedestrian ? How would you feel if you hit a fellow cyclist ? How would you feel if you killed someone ? There have been cases of people getting killed whilst crossing a road that a cyclist felt the need to run a red light in Melbourne, it’s just not worth it.

This article from the Age back in 2006 reminds us how bad things can get.

Although this feels like a whinge, I also have to say that the vast majority of cyclists really are very careful and obey the rules of the roads and paths.  I encourage everyone to stay safe and obey the rules of the road.

I would appreciate your thoughts in the comments field.

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