Cycling Shared Paths Pedestrian Severely Injured
Bicycle paths & shared paths
Rule: A bike rider must give way* to pedestrians when using a shared path
and slow down when passing pedestrians and other bike riders.
Tip: Use your bell or your voice to warn others as you are passing them.
* give way means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision
"Speeding cyclists may not disturb a nesting bird, but they can frighten a pedestrian."
"the speed of commuting cyclists - 40 km/h or more - was a strong point for the objectors."
"This is a problem everywhere..."
"The cyclists and their lobbyists at the meeting conceded that
something needed to be done to control the cowboys."
June 18th 2008
"People i.e. pedestrians are part of the environment too.
Cycling must be people-friendly"
Park or bicycle track?
Environmentalists go into battle
Not the tracks that are painted on bitumen roads, but the bike tracks proper that follow the rivers and the creeks, old railways and new, and provide an alternative network to roads so that bikes can traverse the city in their own realm.
The glaring gap in the bike network is that the trail that follows the Darebin Creek through Preston and Alphington does not reach the main Yarra Trail in Kew.
It has approval now to reach the river, but then across the river it hits a small park with a billabong nearby.
The locals' concern is that they will lose the quietness of their tucked away park.
Now Parks Victoria has developed a detailed plan
to build a bridge over the river and a path through the park that will leave separate tracks for those who
want to wander in the park and along the river and which will protect the billabong.
The plan has gone to Boroondara Council for approval.
environmental expert declared that dogs, whether off or on a lead, can be more disturbing to birds in
the billabong than a cyclist passing by quickly.
At the Boroondara Council meeting, where objectors and supporters had their say, the speed of
commuting cyclists - 40 km/h or more - was a strong point for the objectors.
This is a problem everywhere
and shouldn't be allowed to damage the case for this short section of track.
The cyclists and their lobbyists at the meeting conceded that something needed to be done to
control the cowboys.
Should the building of a bridge for cyclists and walkers have to argue its case because one tree will be
removed to make room for it?
environmentally friendly bike.
A track for bikes has not so far overcome the hurdles set for it in 12 years.
Meanwhile, great swathes of country have disappeared under asphalt to make freeways for cars.
The Eastern Freeway, which runs beside the billabong, has been extended from Doncaster to Nunawading, and now to Ringwood and soon to Frankston.
Ten lanes of road run for 40 kilometres while a three-metre-wide track for bikes running for 300 metres has yet to be built.
Its normal business would be to protect its ratepayers and its local environment.
But that course clashes with the wider interest of completing Melbourne's bike network.
At the open council meeting, there was a lot of goodwill between the two sides.
The councillors listened for three hours to all who wanted to speak. The session was a credit to local democracy.
Councillor Phillip Healey, the former mayor and opponent of the track, seemed to have sense on his side in urging that the two sides should be able to find a solution.
There is only one route that can link the two trails without putting bikes onto roads - and that can be built without further delays.
A lot of people will be watching, including the State Government, which is committed to closing this gap in the bike network.