We have a walkway beside our house. It is used by push bikes, walkers, joggers, dog walkers and kids going to the primary school one way and the high school the other way. It is also used as a secluded place to chat or skateboard by the local adolescents. However, recently drivers of four wheel drive vehicles have started using it as a short cut or an opportunity to demonstrate their prowess at the wheel.
It is not easy to get through the narrow walk way and avoid the treated pine bollards, the lamppost, the electricity box and overhanging trees and other vegetation. If the complication of a not very athletic dog walker is added to the challenge; I do not think that the errant four wheel drive handler will be able to avoid a collision and I am certain that the dog walker will have no options to get out of the way.
I suppose that there are some positives. A clean Canberra city four wheel drive vehicle will be able to get some off road experience and some dirt and terrified Shih tzu under its wheels. The noisy socializing of adolescents will no longer be a feature of the walk way and reluctant joggers have a valid reason to avoid exercising due to the high risk of injury. However, I am not happy as I have to cross the walk way to put out my wheelie bins and one time the wheelie bin and I nearly went flying.
How can I prevent this menace? A phone call to TAMS resulted in the information that they could not limit the access of the grass cutter and nothing could be done. Is it illegal to use walk ways as roads? Can I ask for a zebra crossing so that I can safely put out the garbage? What about a school zone speed limit for the school kids and an aged sign for the elderly dog walkers? Come on Canberra, we used to be a caring community. Stop this pointless inconsiderate practice and drive your vehicles on the road.