Williams Urges More Respect For Pedestrians

Williams Urges More Respect For Pedestrians

Following a number of complaints to her office, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is reminding the community that riding a bike on a footpath is against the law and can injure pedestrians.

“Over the past few weeks a number of local residents have raised concerns that they have almost been knocked over by people riding push bikes or riding skateboards in an erratic fashion on footpaths in the Port Macquarie CBD,” Mrs Williams said.

“Considering the higher than average number of seniors living on the Mid North Coast, this type of behaviour is unacceptable.

“People expect and have the right to walk down the footpath peacefully without the fear of being knocked over by someone on a bike or skateboard.

“The fact is such behaviour is concerning and does frighten people and in some cases it results in an injury,” Mrs Williams said.

“There is a $67 penalty in place if anyone, other than a child under the age of 12 years is caught riding on the footpath.

“I have also received complaints about the speed that some seniors ride their mobility scooters which should only be at a walking pace,” Mrs Williams said.

“Pleasingly, our local Police do have a Bicycle Squad which patrols the CBD when possible and they do a great job.
“Much of the bicycle patrolling is intelligence-based, focusing on street level offences so our community can always report any incident directly to them or to officers at the Police Station.

“Everybody, irrespective of their age should feel comfortable and safe walking on a footpath. This is clearly not an attack on anyone, but it is a call for everyone to be respectful of each other in public spaces, particularly on a crowded footpath,” Mrs Williams said.

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