The following article, summarised from a Canberra Times article this week demonstrates a different side to cycle accidents. In this case, it draws attention to other vulnerable road users, pedestrians and potentially their pets. Regardless of fault, or the rules, it is an interesting article to raise awareness of vulnerable road users.
The owner said that a male cyclist in full lycra speeding like a bullet ran completely over the tiny dog’s torso when he came around a bend and through an underpass.
The speed limit for cyclists on shared paths is 50km/h. The owner has called for lower speed limits for shared paths and has suggested the speed limit through an underpass be put at 10km/h or cyclists be made to get off and walk their bike.
Her dog was on a lead and did venture in to the right hand land momentarily as the cyclist came around the bend at speed. The cyclist, who yelled “bike” just before he ran over the animal was apologetic afterwards but I don’t think he was very sad about hurting the dog.
The distressed owner of the dog has said that an arrogant minority of cyclists treated the shared paths as a velodrome to ride at high speeds said the Canberra Times article.
The Canberra Times has contacted a representative from the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) who has reportedly said “only four incidents about cyclists speeding on shared pathways” have been reported to Access Canberra this year. Further to this, the spokesperson said cyclists ”should always slow down when passing pedestrians and sound their bell or give a verbal warning before overtaking”. “On footpaths or shared paths a cyclist must give way to all pedestrians and keep left of the path unless it is impractical to do so”. “Pedestrians should also keep to the left of the path, appropriately supervise children and keep any dogs or other animals on a lead.”
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