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21 April 2012

Call for maximum safe speed limit for cyclists on footpaths

Media release 21 April 2012


RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has called for urgent action by authorities to implement a 5 km/h speed limit for cyclists on footpaths when approaching and passing a bus stop shelter.

Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:

"There have been a number of recent reports of speeding cyclists putting at risk bus passengers preparing to board buses.  The design of the bus stop shelters with advertising boards also blocks the view of both cyclists and bus passengers in some circumstances."

"We believe it is only a matter of time before serious injury results unless urgent action is taken to force cyclists to slow down when on footpaths generally, but particularly when passing bus stop shelters."

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