Cyclists asked to slow up if pedestrians are coming

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CYCLISTS who use the Devil’s Backbone to travel between South Hinksey and South Oxford are being urged to be considerate.

South Hinksey Parish Council is having signs installed at the entrances to the cycle path, urging bike owners to look out for pedestrians.

Parish council chairman Maggie Rawcliffe said the issue was raised by users of the path who feared accidents could happen.

She said: “It all started when some parishioners drew to our attention that some people do cycle very fast and very inconsiderately.

“If you are elderly or have a child in a pushchair or a dog with you, it really can be scary when a cyclist comes towards you at speed.

“It is a path which has been used by cyclists and pedestrians alike for many years, and it is only a tiny minority who do not use it in the right way.”

She said the matter had been investigated by the council, and it had decided to act to provide a “helpful reminder” for cyclists.

She said: “The parish council looked very carefully at this and the upshot of that was that we decided we would put in these two signs asking cyclists to give way to pedestrians.

“They are just helpful reminders, because 99 per cent of cyclists are very considerate and they ring their bells or dismount when they approach pedestrians.

“These signs will remind those who are not so considerate that care needs to be taken.”

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11:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Yeah right, I can see that happening....not!
Yeah right, I can see that happening....not! Dilligaf2010

9:14am Wed 11 Dec 13

grandconjuration says...

Those in control of a vehicle should always be aware and considerate of the more vulnerable road/pathway user.

Maybe the council can remind motorists of this by placing signs on every road in the county as a "helpful reminder".
Those in control of a vehicle should always be aware and considerate of the more vulnerable road/pathway user. Maybe the council can remind motorists of this by placing signs on every road in the county as a "helpful reminder". grandconjuration

12:05pm Wed 11 Dec 13

icba1957 says...

Perhaps it would be better to provide baseball bats at strategic locations ...
Perhaps it would be better to provide baseball bats at strategic locations ... icba1957

2:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Fruit_Bat says...

When cyclists are stupid and selfish on the roads in the main they are putting themselves in danger.
On the pavements they are a menace and danger to people on foot. The Botley Road is a classic example where the selfish ones use both the cycle lane and the pavement and in both directions.
Let's hope none of the selfish cycle lobby posts that cyclists never kill anyone.
If you're an adult please put your vehicle on the road and obey the highway code.
When cyclists are stupid and selfish on the roads in the main they are putting themselves in danger. On the pavements they are a menace and danger to people on foot. The Botley Road is a classic example where the selfish ones use both the cycle lane and the pavement and in both directions. Let's hope none of the selfish cycle lobby posts that cyclists never kill anyone. If you're an adult please put your vehicle on the road and obey the highway code. Fruit_Bat

4:57pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Wanchai says...

Fruit_Bat wrote:
When cyclists are stupid and selfish on the roads in the main they are putting themselves in danger.
On the pavements they are a menace and danger to people on foot. The Botley Road is a classic example where the selfish ones use both the cycle lane and the pavement and in both directions.
Let's hope none of the selfish cycle lobby posts that cyclists never kill anyone.
If you're an adult please put your vehicle on the road and obey the highway code.
For a large part of the Botley Road the cycle lanes are along the pavement. It means contending with stray pedestrians but is better than sharing the road with crazy drivers.
[quote][p][bold]Fruit_Bat[/bold] wrote: When cyclists are stupid and selfish on the roads in the main they are putting themselves in danger. On the pavements they are a menace and danger to people on foot. The Botley Road is a classic example where the selfish ones use both the cycle lane and the pavement and in both directions. Let's hope none of the selfish cycle lobby posts that cyclists never kill anyone. If you're an adult please put your vehicle on the road and obey the highway code.[/p][/quote]For a large part of the Botley Road the cycle lanes are along the pavement. It means contending with stray pedestrians but is better than sharing the road with crazy drivers. Wanchai

7:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

seamusl says...

Ah, as usual, pathetic comments from all. Why snipe just do what you should do out of common decency. This is to motorist - cyclist - and all who are content to pass the buck
Ah, as usual, pathetic comments from all. Why snipe just do what you should do out of common decency. This is to motorist - cyclist - and all who are content to pass the buck seamusl

5:10am Thu 12 Dec 13

East Oxford Web Watcher says...

I did not spot one comment relevant to the story, just the usual playground squabbling between the usual suspects. And Oxford is supposed to be famed for it's intelligence.
I did not spot one comment relevant to the story, just the usual playground squabbling between the usual suspects. And Oxford is supposed to be famed for it's intelligence. East Oxford Web Watcher

5:21am Thu 12 Dec 13

seamusl says...

My case exactly. Any Mail article (for want of a better word) with the word "cyclist" in gets all the anti cyclists ranting and the cycle riders come back with "but they are bigger and do bigger badder things than us" which raises the point, how many of either group are mature enough and willing to conform to the rules and regulations that are meant to help us all survive on that strip of tarmac, it might just be "me age" but I do despair.
My case exactly. Any Mail article (for want of a better word) with the word "cyclist" in gets all the anti cyclists ranting and the cycle riders come back with "but they are bigger and do bigger badder things than us" which raises the point, how many of either group are mature enough and willing to conform to the rules and regulations that are meant to help us all survive on that strip of tarmac, it might just be "me age" but I do despair. seamusl

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