Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Sydney City Council’s unsafe bike paths
"I've been hit twice now whilst standing still on my bike on bike paths"
"I've seen dozens of riders who refuse to slow down in areas where there are pedestrians"
"Yes, I got hit by one crossing a pedestrian crossing when there last September.
All the other cyclists stopped, he didn't. Fully rammed me and then just cycled off... no expression of "sorry" at all."
"From my pov much of the cycleway issues are because people expect to travel as quickly as they would on roads. They are a road for cyclists.
Except that they are engineered as footpaths tizzed up for bikes."
A post by ‘antonia’ says:
“‘There will always be idiots (whether they drive, walk or ride) and so bike infrastructure should be designed to minimise the harm they cause to other road users.
This doesn't always mean that Clover Moore-style separated cycleways are appropriate.
Most of the European design handbooks say that separated bike tracks are a good idea if they keep riders away from fast traffic (eg Epping Road), pointless in light-traffic residential streets, and downright dangerous if there are frequent unsignalised intersections with cross-streets and driveways.
It's a pity that the new bike tracks through quiet parts of Surry Hills are being promoted as the "Bourke Street Cycleway", which encourages idiots to speed through the many red lights, give way signs, driveways and ped crossings.
Great to see more cyclists around, but a real shame to see them making pedestrians and drivers so angry.
I find it faster and safer to keep off the bike tracks and stick to the road.”
Extracts from ‘sydneycyclist’Forum :