Posts Tagged ‘bike paths’

This afternoon I had a few jobs to do whilst Heidi was out, one of them being dropping some DVD’s back off to the DVD store in Como.  The ride is short, quite enjoyable and for the most part very safe.  The main reason for this is that it is mostly on bicycle specific paths and/or bicycle lanes on the road.

However you can imagine my surprise when I got to Thelma St on my way to the DVD store when I found countless cars parked blatantly in direct path of the bicycle track.  The reason was that there was a football game on.  Ok not enough spaces, fair enough I hear you say.  How ever it was just down to plain laziness by the most part.  There were lots of parking spaces available in the car park adjacent to the oval, but as usual people take the lazy, closer option.

The reason I decided to pop a quick post on this subject was due to a guy out riding with his 2 young children that I witnessed having to dangerously ride out into the road to get past these parked cars.  Obviously nothing happened and they made to obstacle safe.  But why should they have to.

These people who make these decisions to park dangerously, illegally and annoyingly really do deserve to be fined.  I will pass on the details of the vehicles that were causing the obstruction to the local police, I will also get in touch with the committee at the Oval on Thelma St, maybe they will also be able to have a word with the guilty parties.

So there we have another example of the cyclist, the underdog having to adjust his or her behavior to accommodate the masses, the motorists.


Shared Paths

Posted: July 31, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Shared Path’s.  The name says it all.  However I have noticed an increased lack of education by people on the local shared paths here in Perth.  I am a cyclist, I pretty much only use the path for cycling, but I am fully aware of the fact that others use it for other activitites, walking, running, roller blading and whatever else people enjoy doing.

As a cyclist I am very concious of those around me, I am constantly on the look out for people, I really do not want an accident whilst using one of the public paths.  The biggest issue I have seen of late is parents with kids, recently lots of people have been on the paths while really paying no attention to other people.   Kids wandering into the oncoming path of cyclists, no supervision what so ever.  On more than one occasion I have made eye contact with the parents and they still refuse to acknowledge that I am coming, at the last minute there kids, dogs etc wander right in front of me making me either swerve dangerously or having to nearly stop.

Of course then you get the abuse “slow down”  today I actually had this happen and decided to stop and “discuss” this with the guy.  I explained that we were both using a “shared” path, suitable for everyone to use.  I then explained to him that for his and more importantly his young sons safety he really should be paying more attention.  Needless to say I got the people on foot have priority card played on me.  I once again explained that for his own safety and that of his family he pays more attention.

I personally do not want to feel responsible if anything like this happens, however I really think that Perth City need to make there signs more educational, ie watch out for cyclists etc.

I have also seen a large increase in cyclists and pedestrians using the paths during hours of darkness with no lighting what so ever.  This is really dangerous, people running with no lights or reflectors often wearing black clothes as well, are these people looking for an accident I personally wouldn’t want a bike ploughing into the back of me at 40kp/h when I’m out running, or a head on with a cyclist with no headlights.

Anyway thats enough of my gripe, I’m sure nothing will change however I really hope it does.  I would appreciate your comments if you have any.