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Councillor Bradley in full swing again ….

Councillor Bradley of the Town of Cambridge is again expressing his rather interesting views on cycling amongst other matters.  His letter was published in the Post May 29, 2010 on page 34.

Richard Stallard (“Keeping left is the way to go”, POST letters, 15/5) is right about the expression of opinion in the POST’s letters section, which provides an avenue to air and answer comments in order that all the community will benefit.

But he is reciting fantasy when he argues for pedestrians to stay left on shared paths. My experience as a walker, and that of others who venture on to shared paths, is that cyclists are intimidating, and, from comments I have received from cyclists (including a director at the Town of Cambridge), it is clear that pedestrians are considered a nuisance because they are erratic.

While the brains behind the WA Cycling Committee may have their ideas about walkers keeping left, the practical reality shows this will always be a risk for walkers when cyclists are riding their “Tour de France” models on shared paths.

There are many road rules that do not work in practice – vehicles giving way to pedestrians when turning at intersections, motorcycles lane splitting at traffic lights, vehicles turning right at traffic lights and, when it comes to any footpath, it is important for pedestrians to take every precaution for their own safety.

Walking on the right means that the walker is more likely to see the oncoming cyclist. If the cyclist has his head down and his pulse up, there is an opportunity to step aside and avoid danger before an accident occurs.

It is too late after the event for the cyclist to say “sorry, I did not see you in time”.

In many places, cyclists have become irresponsible and neglectful of the traffic code. They are becoming a hazard to themselves as much as to others.

Unfortunately, local government cannot enforce the rules for walkers or cyclists – it is confined to cleaning up graffiti and fining parkers.

I am asked to spend ratepayers’ money to build more shared paths. I want to be sure they will be safe for all to use.

8 Responses to Councillor Bradley in full swing again ….

  1. Leighton June 2, 2010 at 2:01 AM #

    Hmm, so he wants the walkers to walk on the right so that they can see the cyclist and get out of the way… rather than walk on the left, where they wouldn’t need to get out of the way. This guy appears to have the IQ of a slug.

  2. Leighton June 2, 2010 at 10:01 AM #

    Hmm, so he wants the walkers to walk on the right so that they can see the cyclist and get out of the way… rather than walk on the left, where they wouldn’t need to get out of the way. This guy appears to have the IQ of a slug.

  3. Aushiker June 2, 2010 at 2:21 AM #

    Yes he does seem to have some conflicting and questionable ideas … I did like his comment about graffiti and fining parkers and he wonders why we don’t let them make bigger decisions! 🙂

  4. Aushiker June 2, 2010 at 10:21 AM #

    Yes he does seem to have some conflicting and questionable ideas … I did like his comment about graffiti and fining parkers and he wonders why we don’t let them make bigger decisions! 🙂

  5. jet June 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM #

    Hah. When’s the next local govt election? It shouldn’t be too hard to get him turfed. He also does not understand that ‘lane splitting at traffic lights’ is legal, and he also has a beef with motorists not giving way to pedestrians when turning at intersections. He could do us a favor and continue to point out every misdemeanor he experiences from motorists as well.

  6. jet June 3, 2010 at 8:00 AM #

    Hah. When’s the next local govt election? It shouldn’t be too hard to get him turfed. He also does not understand that ‘lane splitting at traffic lights’ is legal, and he also has a beef with motorists not giving way to pedestrians when turning at intersections. He could do us a favor and continue to point out every misdemeanor he experiences from motorists as well.

  7. Aushiker June 5, 2010 at 1:56 AM #

    Hi Jet

    According to the Town of Cambridge website Councillor Bradley is “retiring” in 2011. Not sure if that means he is standing for re-election or not but. From what I can find out it seems local government elections take place in October.

    Andrew

  8. Aushiker June 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM #

    Hi Jet

    According to the Town of Cambridge website Councillor Bradley is “retiring” in 2011. Not sure if that means he is standing for re-election or not but. From what I can find out it seems local government elections take place in October.

    Andrew

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