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Cycling on pavements and in parks

Why don’t the powers that be ensure that cyclists are given health and safety awareness training as some seem to think they can bomb around at speed where pedestrians are using pavements and toe paths that were never meant for cyclists. Sensory impairment is an invisible disability and cyclists seem to assume if you are able to walk you’re fully aware of what’s going on around you. I don’t have eyes in the back of my head and don’t see why I should have to give way to speeding cyclists half my age when I’m walking in pedestrian areas. Why don’t they have bells to warn us and number plates on their bikes? Cars and vans are now taking over pavements? What next? Electric bikes are a new source of danger. I wonder who will accept liability when one of us gets knocked over and potentially lose our mobility - No objection to cyclists or other mode of transport, but if we have to share a space then priority must be given to pedestrians when using pedestrianised areas.

Created By on 14/09/2020

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6 days ago
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Annie, I love cycling and unfortunately i have to agree with you, I don't use a bell, preferring to stop for pedestrians and dogs, Id rather slow to walking pace and greet them than use a bell, as this can startle the more infirm. All too often i do see cyclists treating pedestrian, dogs and horses with utter contempt in a dangerous manner and it does upset me.
15th Sep 2020 12:38:47 (Last activity: 15th Sep 2020 14:19:50)
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Absolutely dangerous letting them cycle on FOOT paths and RIVER paths.
I walk quite a lot and the amount of times i have nearly been 'taken out' by these selfish individuals goes in to double figures. It's the local authorities who are at
fault for allowing it. What makes my mind boggle is even where there are proper
cycle lanes some cyclists still ride on the FOOT path so as to avoid traffic. Having
said all that the majority are careful, but a GOOD LOUD bell should be mandatory.
Response from Lionel made on 15th Sep 2020 14:19:50
I live in the backwoods of Suffolk on a single track road. Cars and the odd truck/tractor aren't a problem, we may hear them approaching, but a huddle of speeding cyclists come flying around a bend at speed and blast all before them.

One day there's going to be a tragedy here - several pedal-artists are going to be killed and maimed. Arousing sympathy will be difficult indeed.

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