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Cycle Paths / Shared Paths

By 6693 - 21 February 2010 157

 I just wanted to remind cyclists within the Canberra Region (particularly the inner north) that Cycle Paths are indeed SHARED PATHS, pedestrians have just as much right to use these paths as cyclists.

My 5 year old and I were verbally assaulted in O’Connor on Friday afternoon by an extremely aggressive individual on a bicycle, he was abusive and threatening simply because he had to slow down. This individual stated that he would “run both my child and I down” if he saw us again.

I have subsequently reported this to the police who have recorded the complaint.

If there is ANY doubt who has right of way on these paths please educate yourselves accordingly.

From the Territory and Municipal Services Website:

Shared path  

(Mostly black bitumen often marked with white centre lines)

The use of shared paths is restricted to non-motorised transport (with the exception of motorised wheelchairs and power assisted pedal cycles). Both pedestrians and cyclists must share the use of these paths. Please respect all users and be prepared to give way to cyclists and pedestrians as necessary. When cycling, warn of your approach by sounding your bell; if you are cycling or walking, keep to the left. Cyclists should pass pedestrians on the right. Cyclists should give way to pedestrians and other users at all times. If you are a pedestrian, keep a look out for cyclists and give them room to pass. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

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157 Responses to
Cycle Paths / Shared Paths
deye 11:22 am 21 Feb 10

speaking of shared paths and dogs and leashes, don’t be on one side of the path with the dog off over the other side with the leash stretched across the entire path.

benita_449 11:10 am 21 Feb 10

I agree – I was walking down the left side of the bike path in a similar location (Turner/O’Connor near Haig Park) when a cyclist clipped me when overtaking. There was plenty of room in the right hand lane so it was totally unnecessary to intimidate me by passing in that fashion. I’m wearing sneakers and carrying a large stick in that area from now on….if he tries it again I’ll catch him when he has to stop to cross the nearby busy street…

inlymbo 10:49 am 21 Feb 10

Being abusive is absolutely wrong…….

But, I am confuzzed? One part of the ruling is:

‘Please respect all users and be prepared to give way to cyclists and pedestrians as necessary.’

And then this: ‘Cyclists should give way to pedestrians and other users at all times.’

Which one is it then? Or am I missing something?

I use the paths a bit but generally avoid them if I am in a hurry because of the ‘shared’ nature of the paths. I therefore am on the receiving end of a lot of abuse for not using the cycle paths……Recently got a big spray from a motorcyclist who had the sh*ts because I came to a stop at a red light at a cross intersection, the lights changed for me to go and he had to stop at the corresponding red light. Apparently I was supposed to go through the red, or go onto the footpath so that he did not have to use his precious brakes!

thomped2 10:48 am 21 Feb 10

cyclists learn how to use your bell and not yelling abuse!

@ ags “Cyclists should be on the cycle paths and not on the road, but that is a whole new thread.”

Agreed…
Why should cars have to give way at high speed to a bike and congest the road just because there is abit of green paint saying their piddly piece of alloy steel has right of way… thanks NANNY STATE!

Devil_n_Disquiz 10:41 am 21 Feb 10

Sounds like another reason why cyclists should be registered and have ‘plates’. Makes reporting dickheads like this cyclist so much easier.

I’m sure there is arguments as to why cyclists shouldn’t be registered, so come on..lets be havin ya !

josh 10:40 am 21 Feb 10

6693 said :

Even if I was in the wrong, which I was not, there was no call for this behaviour – this objectionable moron went out of his way to be threatening and abusive – It’s unforgivable behaviour, particularly in front of a small child.

The law clearly states that “Cyclists should give way to pedestrians and other users at all times”.

so what you’re saying is that jerks are jerks, no matter if they’re cyclists, motorists or pedestrians?

most people are good, some people are assholes. knowing and understanding that should get you a fair way in life..

6693 10:08 am 21 Feb 10

josh said :

seeing as though you’re reminding everyone (even those that abide by laws), can I remind you specifically to keep to the left and keep your dog on a leash?

I’m sure you abide by the law most of the time, but 1% of the time doing wrong seems to be enough to cast a wide net over a whole community. therefore pedestrians are a menace to society and must be stopped, etc.

Even if I was in the wrong, which I was not, there was no call for this behaviour – this objectionable moron went out of his way to be threatening and abusive – It’s unforgivable behaviour, particularly in front of a small child.

The law clearly states that “Cyclists should give way to pedestrians and other users at all times”.

NeedHelp 10:06 am 21 Feb 10

My cycle path clearly has signs that state “Pedestrians must remain on one side of the path, to allow for cyclists to pass”, or words to that effect.

When I walk with my four year old, we walk in single file and not hog the entire path.

It’s like those idiots on escalators. They stand side-by-side. Go to Europe or anywhere in the US and you will see that people have the “stand to one side” routine down to a T.

If you stick to one side there shouldn’t be an issue.

I-filed 10:05 am 21 Feb 10

It’s time cyclists were registered and had plates so they can be reported. I’ve observed and experience abusive behaviour from several of them in the inner north in recent years. In some cases it’s probably the performance-enhancing drugs rife among the more serious competitors (reported to me by the wife of a local competitor) and possibly amateurs as well. A side-effect of those drugs is aggression.

6693 9:59 am 21 Feb 10

Postalgeek said :

Sounds like two idiots coming head to head. Share the paths and don’t walk on both sides.

I had removed both my son and myself from the path altogether, get your facts straight before you start hurling insults and grow up!

josh 9:23 am 21 Feb 10

seeing as though you’re reminding everyone (even those that abide by laws), can I remind you specifically to keep to the left and keep your dog on a leash?

I’m sure you abide by the law most of the time, but 1% of the time doing wrong seems to be enough to cast a wide net over a whole community. therefore pedestrians are a menace to society and must be stopped, etc.

Ags 9:22 am 21 Feb 10

I bought myself an ipod a few months ago to keep me amused whilst walking the dogs.
So there I was, walking along the ‘shared path’ in my own little world.
Next thing I knew 2 cyclists wizzed passed me and gave me a mouthful and “the bird”
At first I wasn’t sure what the problem was so I took my headphones off. The cyclists were a distance away by this time, but I could still hear them ringing the bell on their bikes.

Who was in the wrong? ME ME ME ME ME
It is my responsability to be aware of my surrounding as to not post a danger to others.
I now leave my ipod at home or walk to the side of the path.

If I read the terms correctly, the cyclist is the one who MUST GIVE WAY if there are 2 pedestrians walking towards each other.

Cyclists should be on the cycle paths and not on the road, but that is a whole new thread.

Punter 8:58 am 21 Feb 10

Here we go, brace yourselves for the waves of protest once the cyclists return from their morning ride.

Postalgeek 8:47 am 21 Feb 10

Sounds like two idiots coming head to head. Share the paths and don’t walk on both sides.

Ian 8:37 am 21 Feb 10

Just goes to show that dickheads are dickheads whether on a bike or a car.

With a bit of luck karma struck and he ran over some broken glass and got 2 flats before he got to where he was going.

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