Make park bike-free

BRONWEN HEDLEY
Last updated 07:52 04/02/2013
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A letter writer wants bikes banned from New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.
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OPINION: So it is official that nowhere is safe in New Plymouth for pedestrians to walk without the threat of contact with cyclists.

If there is no bylaw to keep cyclists out of Pukekura Park, it is high time one was put in place.

Pukekura Park was established many years ago by people with forethought and brilliance. It has evolved over the years as New Plymouth's prime arboreal sanctuary. It is a place in the middle of a city where practically no sounds of the city can be heard. It is a place for reflection and appreciation of the beauty by walkers. It is a place where walkers should not have to worry that they have to be on the lookout for cyclists.

I cannot understand why the park's curator, Chris Connolly, has not urged the New Plymouth District Council to make the park a cyclist-free space.

As a frequent walker in the park the majority of people I see are older people and families with babies and children. Older people and small children have frailties and disabilities that a cyclist does not think about - lack of perception, failing eyesight and hearing, to name a few.

Out in the walkway walkers still have to be on their guard all the time for cyclists getting ready to whistle past their ears without slowing down and of course never considering that they should get off their bikes and walk through a crowd of walkers. Many cyclists behave towards walkers like some motorists behave towards them, in a threatening and dangerous way

Come on NPDC, please pass this law and have one place in the city where people can stroll leisurely and safely.

BRONWEN HEDLEY

New Plymouth

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