CYCLISTS ON THE ROAD
"C.T.C." writes again with reference to the use of the bitumen on the Hutt road by cyclists. He questions Councillor H. D. Bennett's statement that "scores of accidents will take place" if bicycles are allowed on the road. "Will Councillor Beunett tell us how many accidents took place before the bitumen was put down, and will he tell us how it is that there are not scores of accidents just south of the Thorndon tram sheds? He also states that a cycle path is reserved for the exclusive use of cyclists. This is not a statement of fact What is a fact is that cyclists are compelled to share the footpath, which is the only place for foot passengers along the whole length of this road. And he makes one admission that is deliriously naive: If the surface is too rough, then someone should put it in order at once.' Now Councillor Bennett is chairman of the Works Committee. Someone has repeatedly dug up the cycle track for the purpose ot laying water mains, drains, etc. Who? And is it ,not just simple courtesy to leave any road, path, or track in the same condition as it was found?" The excuse cannot be offered that it is consolidating as the work was done long ago, but recently other excavations were made and neap 3of loose stones left on the track It is the business of the City Council to put it in order. The writer resente Councillor Bennett s reference to "boys,", and states that the Cyclists Touring Club numbers thousands of riders and is not an association of juveniles, "Brake" also refers to the state of the cycle track. At Kaiwarra, he states it is m shocking conditon, and practically nowhere is the whole width of the track available.
"H.JR." makes a reply to "Lex," and states^ that the hairbreadth escapes which Lex mentions are nearly all caused by motorists. It is only because the cyclist has more control over a machine which is so mobile that he can squeeze out of awkward places made , for him by careless oar drivers. "H.J.R." gives instances of his own experience, and adds: "If the Cychsts Touring Club is able to do anything to make motorists behave as centlemen it will be doing quite as good educational working as teaching youths to ride bicycles.
fN r\ A m 1'ed- E- Milne > secretary of the Cyclists Touring Club, refers to the Day's Bay road, where the bitumen goes almost, to the extreme edges on both rides There are no sidewalks "Will Councillor tfennett.be g°°d enough to explain why scores of accidents' are not happening on •l? ay> F ay road > which *«& half the width of th e Hutt road? He must know that scores of cyclists of both sexes ext*Lsively use this road at week-ends when motorists are as thick as swarms of tees cyclists. It may have been so orignallv but it ,g now used by cyclists, cattle sheep, pedestrians, and pigs."
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 94, 22 April 1927
CYCLISTS ON THE ROAD Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 94, 22 April 1927
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