Yesterday’s blog, about our request to Council to restrict use of the Peninsula Track to walkers, caused a bit of a stir when shared via our FaceBook page. Thanks for all your responses, both for and against. Just to be clear, KPCA acts through its Committee which gets its mandate to represent the community by being elected by members at the Annual General Meeting (most recently on 11 March 2020). The Committee – which includes a number of cyclists – was unanimously of the view, based on their own experiences over the previous 11 days since lockdown was imposed, that action should be taken.
There has been a noticeable increase in the use of the track by residents of all ages and by cyclists. Last weekend was noticeably bad: many instances of cyclists travelling at high speed, regardless of the presence of children, older folk and dogs, and the 2 metre physical distancing requirement. Anecdotally, a number were suspected to have come from out of the area, also in breach of the Alert Level 4 restrictions.
The Council has responded commendably quickly. Its Executive Leadership Team considers more exhortation of courteous behaviour should be sufficient. It says, “The following actions will be taken:
· Signs to indicate parts of the trail [are] narrow [have] been made and [are] being installed in the coming days.
· QLDC will be encouraging riders and walkers alike to be courteous and for riders to use lower speeds.
· QLDC will be encouraging riders to use the road around Kelvin Heights Peninsula to help reduce congestion.
· Social Media releases will be put out to emphasise the above.
“At this stage we are not prepared to close the trail but [are] confident the above mentioned actions will have a positive effect on how trail users use this part of our trail network. Looking across our trail network we see the majority of users are courteous and cyclists give way to walkers.
“Last week the following track safety reminder was posted to QLDC website https://www.qldc.govt.nz/20-04-01-qldc-issues-track-safety-reminder
“These types of reminders will continue to be posted on our website.“
The cynical amongst us suspect that the offending cyclists will not read QLDC social media. Should you experience any incidents you think should be reported to Council, please send details to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org