We often hear from pedestrians who have had an unexpected and unwelcome close encounter with a cyclist riding on the footpath.
Unlike designated shared paths, only children under the age of 12 should be riding on the footpath. They are permitted to ride there until they gain the confidence and skills to ride on the road.
Adults should always be riding on the road. However we also hear from those cyclists who are new to cycling or are getting back on the bike and lack confidence to ride alongside traffic on some roads. They will sometimes retreat to the footpath to feel safer.
As well as continuing to build safer cycling facilities around our city, Council is also offering free cycle safety training for adults at the following times:
- Saturday 15 June, 10am – 12pm, Maitai shared path behind the Library. Non e-bikes only.
- Saturday 22 June, 10am – 12pm, Maitai shared path behind the Library. E-bikes only.
- Saturday 29 June, 10am – 12pm, Maitai shared path behind the Library. All bike types
While the sessions are free, you do need to register in advance via the website. In the meantime, there are a few things to bear in mind:
If children are riding on the footpath, remind them to slow down and take care around pedestrians if they can.Remember the keys to shared path etiquette – everyone should keep to the left and don’t block the path if you stop; keep dogs under control; cyclists should ride at an appropriate speed and warn when approaching pedestrians.
Credit: Nelson City Council