My Mum and her friend walk down the Torrens around kidman /finders park, every day for many years, and have had trouble with what my mum calls the Lance Armstrong want a Be's.
She said that the professional riders will call out they are coming through with plenty of notice and will also let them no if there are more riders coming.
The Lance Armstrong want a be's will not call out they swear,yell abusive things and spit on them and almost hit them, Well actually they have run over my mum's friends dog twice and abused them for being there.
The main problem here is they mainly walk on the WALKING track there are signs up that say NO BIKES but they still ride on that pathway and abuse them for getting in there way.
A month ago this main offender came tearing down the WALKING track on his bike didn't give them any notice until he was pretty much on top of my mums friend HE knocked her of the track and she went flying.
She got badly hurt laying on the grass while the man on the bike got up and again abused her for getting in his way. He did not stay to help he just took of still swearing at her, a young man helped my mum carry her friend to a near by house to get some help. She ended up with half her body badly bruised and her knee that just got operated on is now stuffed. She is still in a bad way.The man is lucky she didn't brake any thing. and very lucky he didn't hit my mum cos i would of gone after him. :)
I don't understand why these people think they own the pathway, My mum and friend still walk down there as it is there right to and they don't see why they should loose out. but again this week a cyclist nearly ran over my mum's dog, and again yelling at them to get of the track the signs are up saying no bikes and on the other pathway signs are up saying give way to pedestrians.
I ride down there and slow down when seeing pedestrians around and give them noticed sometimes i have to yell out and slow to almost stopping as there are the elderly that are hard of hearing or people walking with walkmans oops ipods :P
It's not that hard to slow down and let someone no your coming through.
so It's not just cars and bikes it bikes and padestians on a bike and walk track.
the police only patrol the area when there is a flasher but they have told them that it's up to the council to deal with the problem.
The bike registration conversation came up again but to catch the stupid riders and i think this is why everyone wants us to have it,like with everything the idiots of the world stuff it up for the rest of us.
My mum and friend have witnessed over the years cyclist riding so fast they have gone straight into the Torrens and bike lost, other people getting run over, dogs getting hurt.
Or how about we all just slow down and enjoy the track together with out any body getting hurt........