Increasing numbers of cyclists, ebikers, escooters and eskateboarders are now riding on footpaths

Letter to the NZ Herald Editor

 

Dear Sir,
Increasing numbers of cyclists, ebikers, escooters and eskateboarders are
now riding on footpaths. The roads are too dangerous and no provision is
made elsewhere for them, so the default becomes the footpath. Yet the
speed and quietness of these transport modes that are being used on the
footpaths, is dangerous for pedestrians, including the disabled. In effect
we are seeing the conversion of all footpaths into “shared paths”
without any consultation or regard for the most vulnerable users – the
pedestrians.
The proposed new escooters and the Onzo fleet are disruptor technologies
that are being allowed to privatise the public domain of the footpath for
their business interests. Auckland Transport has allowed this to happen
unchallenged and unregulated. It is showing no leadership or planning
around this issue whilst allowing the most vulnerable to be compromised
and endangered. This is not a reasonable or practical solution to
Auckland’s transport problems.

Yours sincerely,
Jennifer Ward

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