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:
(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.