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I Mr. Alfred E. Milne, lion, secretary of the Cyclists' Touring Club, writes.—Once again I ask a few lines on . behalf of those cyclists who; like myself, are compelled to use the go-called cycle track on the Hutt road. For years past, this extraordinary thoroughfare—track, footpath, cycle path, call it what you willhas been the subject of much unfavourable comment from the cyclists of Wellington and surrounding districts. At the request of the Cyclists' Touring Club, several years ago, the Railways Department undertook, extensive-^-and expensive—repairs to the fence which divides the track from the railway line. Some little tim« afterwards, a southerly storm not only damaged the railway line and the fence, but the cycle track as well. The damage to the cycle track was further accentuated by reason of heavy motor lorries being compelled to cross it m order to effect repairs to the railway line, and to make the sea-wall safe. That damage has never been repaired, although the City«and Suburban Highwa3rs Board, at a meeting in May of this year, agreed that the cycle track should be re-surfaced. We are still waiting for that to be done. , But a furither injustice has been done to cyclists. ISome weeks ago a petrol station wa» opened on the cycle track between Thprndon and Kaiwarra, with the result that motor-cars often pull up, across the entire width of the cycle track, in order to get their tanks filled. Cyclists have therefore to dismount and walk round the obstruction before they can resume their journey. It is a Statutory offence to ride a bicycle on the bitumen on the Hutt road, although, at Common Law, all persons have a right of passage along every highway, and over every part of it, whether it be constructed of bitumen, or not. That was clearly emphasised by the Magistrate in a recent running down case at Upper Hutt, as reported in "The Post" at the conclusion of the trial. The question therefore arises as to what extent, if any, local bodies are permitted to license obstructions on any part of the public highway—in this case, the so-called Hutt road cycle track. .. . The time has now arrived when cyclists all over New Zealand, but especially in Wellington and surrounding districts, must assert their unquestionable right to use the roads."

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 43, 19 August 1930

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HUTT ROAD CYCLE TRACK. Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 43, 19 August 1930