Cycle-pathic behaviour is endangering pedestrians, elderly, and blind
I see the old chestnut about cyclists has reared its head again but it does not seem to matter how many people complain or indeed what happens, the council and the gardai continue to turn a blind eye to bicycles on pavements and pedestrianised streets. A few weeks ago I was walking along the footpath from Renmore towards Lough Atalia Road. As I am not in the habit of walking backwards, I did not see or hear a cyclist coming behind me, so I must have slightly veered into the left just as I was passing a bus shelter. The cyclist had to swerve in behind the bus shelter to avoid knocking me down.
It was then I heard a scuffling sound as she came to an abrupt stop, and realised what had happened. Instead of apologising, she glared at me in a defiant manner. “Don’t look at me like that,” I said, “you shouldn’t be cycling on the footpath.”
She rode off mumbling expletives and I thought to myself that some of these people really do believe thay have a right to cycle on pavements, because they have always done so.
Nobody stops them. Some people are afraid to walk the Prom because of it. In a city full of young people, with two colleges, there should be cycling lanes everywhere. Cyclists have a right to that. There was a time when I used to move over when I saw them coming. Now, I don’t bother, because they are the ones who should move off the pavements entirely.
I hope that Derrick Grayson’s mother is all right after being knocked down by some ignoramus who didn’t even bother to stop, but nothing surprises me, and I regret to say that he might as well whistle into the wind as expect the council or gardai to do anything about it.
Of course now, not all cyclists are reckless. Most are law abiding, but there are far too many who speed along pavements every day at the risk of injuring (or worse) the pedestrians who happen to be there.
Pedestrianised in Galway means that it is open to walkers, cyclists, skaters, drivers and anything else you can think of, and that’s the way it will remain until someone gets their finger out.
St Kevins,Rahoon, Galway