Blind pedestrians fear cyclists on South Australian footpaths Posted 17 minutes ago

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Blind pedestrians fear cyclists on South Australian footpaths Posted 17 minutes ago

Postby Seano » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:31 am

Photo: Cyclists are still getting used to footpath rule changes in South Australia, the Government says. (ABC News: Carly Cook)

Blind pedestrians worried about getting injured by cyclists riding on South Australian footpaths are considering arguing their case before the Human Rights Commission.

Blind Citizens Australia president David Squirrell said he had been injured by cyclists in two incidents on a shared path and believes other blind and disabled people were worried about the new laws.

The state laws introduced in October last year allow cyclists to travel at the road speed limit on footpaths.

He said he had spoken with the Pedestrian Council of Australia, which was getting legal advice on whether the law actually breaches the UN's convention on the rights of people with a disability.

Dr Squirrell said the changes were creating barriers for accessibility and enabling people to live independently in their communities.

"If you are scared you are going to be hit by a cyclist doing the wrong thing in the wrong place then obviously that is an obstacle and a barrier to accessibility," he said.

"I think we have got a case where the State Government has got to answer where as to how it is restricting groups of people especially those with a disability to access their environment in a safe manner."
Cyclist education about laws continues

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said cyclists were still getting used to the new rules and there still needed to be education campaigns.

"We still have some way to go in educating cyclists in what their responsibilities on the footpaths are," Mr Mullighan said.

"There isn't a carte blanche to ride along at any speed regardless of the environment and the circumstances.

"Like any other road user ... they're required to ride with due care and there are very, very significant penalties including jail time if they don't ride with due care and they cause someone a serious injury or worse." ... hs/7511658

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