Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Dangerous cycling on Sydney bike networks say residents
A recent survey of 443 cyclists at 45 Sydney city intersections found cyclists illegally ride on footpaths, they dangerously wind in and out of pedestrians and they speed.
Its a highly dangerous public space for pedestrians. They dont obey road rules.
Sydney City Council needs to install speed bumps to slow down cyclists on footpaths & shared zones. To stop them rampaging, says Nichols Street Community Group spokesperson Brian Noad
In NSW its illegal for an adult cyclists to ride on a footpath, except in the case of shared cycle pedestrians zones. Or, if adults are supervising a rider under 12 years old.
Sydney City Councils rapidly expanding shared cyclist pedestrian zones all part of the new cyclepaths are generally not capable of accommodating both cyclists and pedestrians. Our footpaths are too narrow, forcing cyclists too close to pedestrians which is scary and dangerous.
Under Sydney City Councils policy, footpaths are becoming smokers refuges and outdoor eating areas with tables and chairs in front hotels, restaurants and café. All further narrowing our footpaths.
Sydney city has bad spots at very busy intersections.
There are some shockers out there:
• The corner of Park & Elizabeth Streets is dangerous for cyclists illegally riding on the footpath. Its also the worst for cyclists running red lights. When cyclists ignore red lights, they cross in front of pedestrians who have the green light. About half of cyclists at peak hour pay no attention to red lights.
• Pyrmont Bridge east exit and Sussex St cyclists push pedestrians off the footpath as they enter the King St separated cycleway. 185 cyclists were observed riding dangerously on the bridge.
• Intersections cyclists illegally & dangerously rode on footpaths were: Martin Place & Elizabeth Sts, Clarence & Margaret Sts, Alfred & George Sts, Martin Place & George St, Chifley Sq & Bent St, just to mention a few.
I keep away from cycle pedestrians zones. Walkers are at great risk of significant injury said a pedestrian.
You cant have it both ways. The neighborhood is saying I hate those cyclists; they have no care for the pedestrians at all says Brian Noad.
There are a variety of steps that can be taken to improve pedestrian safety and reduce dangerous cycling: • Police should do audits of rogue cycling. Then put in plans to control it.• Increased Police surveillance & give fines and driving demerit points if cyclists have a drivers licence. Police are too soft of rogue cyclists.• Cycles need to be registered,cyclists pay registration fees, and fix a registration decal to their cycle. Its common practice in Europe & brings Sydney City in line with world’s best practice. • A review needs to be made shared cyclist pedestrian zones.• Petitions to Sydney City Council to remove shared cycle pedestrian zones• City Council needs to install speed bumps and humps for cyclists on footpaths & shared zones. To stop them rampaging. It’s a radical step to combat dangerous cyclists and make it safer for walkers in the CBD.
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