macca33 wrote:Interesting topic this and thankfully you didn't get collected Victor.
OT, but sort of on topic - I rode south along Beach Road last Friday and was surprised to see some people REALLY flying along the shared pathway, heading north. When I say flying, I mean 30Kph+ Now, I understand that some do not wish to ride on the road due to the presence of large, quick groups, but, does that then permit them to place pedestrians in danger whilst they try to set a new landspeed record?
Nothing gives anyone permission to place anyone else in danger in this manner. However, there are clear rules on the shared paths; they don't impose specific speed limits but they do say that cyclists must give way to pedestrians. If the cyclist in question has a clear line of sight and there are no pedestrians in the danger zone nor access points from which pedestrians can suddenly appear in the danger zone, then the cyclist is quite legitimately allowed to go for the record. Of course, if anybody comes unstuck as a result of it, the cyclist is going to be 100% liable.
Common sense (that very UNcommon commodity in relation to anything remotely related to road/path use) would, of course, suggest that 30 kph on those narrow, discontinuous, shrubbery enclosed footpaths is somewhat excessive.