Pedestrian pests

Letter of the Day

MICHAEL MATANGI
Last updated 07:53 08/02/2013

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OPINION: I've had enough of hearing about these inconsiderate hooligan cyclists on our walkways.

I am both a cyclist and a pedestrian on the walkway, and it is clear pedestrians are by far the least considerate people on our walkway.

Too often, when riding along our shared pathway, I come across a group of three or four people walking side by side.

 Even if I slow down and move to the very left-hand edge of the path, many oncoming pedestrians refuse to make way. And it's not just when I'm riding.

The same thing happens when I'm walking on the pathway.

Here's a novel idea: have some consideration for your fellow man, whether on foot or a bike. The walkway was not built for you alone.

Don't take up the entire width of the walkway if walking with a group of people. Move to the left a little if oncoming pedestrians or cyclists need a little room to get by. It's not rocket science. It's common courtesy, and it's slowly becoming extinct in our society.

MICHAEL MATANGI

New Plymouth

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