So it was sad to hear yesterday that a cyclist was injured yesterday, whilst riding along one of the islands shared walking/cycle paths, by a car reversing out of a driveway without looking.
Many cyclists when riding ferry-bound, right to left in this picture, choose to ride on the road rather than on this path fora number of reasons.
1) It just suddenly stops
then you are forced to cross the road at a blind spot to traffic.
at the northern end, and the people who drive out of their driveways watching the road but not the path
I Keep trying to bring this to Auckland Transport's attention, but I've never seen anything done about it, and people appear to just keep treating it as private land to park their cars on.
One the actual causeway section, the surface is loose metal. far inferior to the road surface. For a cyclist travelling at speed, it is better to be on the road than risk losing traction on loose rocks.
The Waiheke Cycleway Spine
To provide a safe and separated cycle option for all Waihekeans and visitors, 8 to 80 years old.
I believe it can be paid for and implemented as part of the 'maintenance' of island roads through the current contractors, and I know it is what people want, as every time the community has been asked what it wants in the way of transport, safer facilities for cycling always comes out on top.