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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 14th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 15, 2009 3 ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 15/1/09 PAGE: 3 COLOUR: CK Y M NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Shared paths 'a farce' LANA LAM Harold Scruby Are shared cycleways safe? Tell us your experiences online www.innerwestweekly.com.au COUNCILS have exposed them- selves to massive damages claims from people injured while using shared bike and pedestrians paths, according to the Australian Pedestrian Council. Council chairman Harold Scruby said shared bike paths, such as the the Bay Run foreshore and Cooks River bike path, were ''a farce''. He said the paths, which had no bike speed limits, could lead to death or serious injury and should be abolished immediately. Mr Scruby's claim was sup- ported by legal advice from lead- ing Sydney law firm Slater & Gordon, which also said the RTA could be sued as it was part of the cycleway approval process. ''The majority of cyclists behave well, but what happens when an elderly person or a young kid gets hit?'' Mr Scruby said. ''You can't just invite people to ride on a footpath without exten- sive risk assessment and duty of care rules. The potential for harm is in- sane.'' Mr Scruby said councils must enforce a 10km/h speed limit on bike paths and that they should be sep- arated from footpaths. He pro- posed a plan that includes in- surance for pedestrians, fines for speeding and other offences such as negligent cycling, and a com- prehensive identification system such as numberplates on bikes. The Bay Run has painted mark- ings along the foreshore, with different instructions along the way, such as for cyclists to give way to pedestrians, to ride one way, or to use the road. Signs also instruct cyclists to dismount outside UTS Rowing Club at Haberfield. But this isn't enough, Mr Scruby says. ''You just can't paint a picture on the footpath and think every- thing will be OK,'' he said. An RTA spokesman said all cyclists in NSW were governed by state laws which prohibit riding in a ''negligent or reckless fashion''. ''The legal advice obtained by the Pedestrian Council does not raise anything new which would warrant a change to existing RTA policies,'' the spokesman said. Girl next door tools up for small-screen success SHIREEN KHALIL Amy Kensett, of Summer Hill, is hosting a new TV show about tradesmen. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP233367 ''GIRL next door'' Amy Kensett has nailed the role of hosting a new TV show, King Gee Jack of all Trades, set to hit screens on Sunday. Kensett's looks and charisma landed her the job on Channel 9's search for Australia's top all- round tradie. ''They told me it was because I had a girl-next-door appeal and they were looking for someone who can relate to the guys and didn't want anyone too precious and princess-like,'' Kensett said. Kensett, of Summer Hill, is a bit of a jack of all trades herself with a long and varied list of acting and voice training including a master of creative arts (theatre performance) at Wollongong University. ''I am really excited to start my very first television gig, and the King Gee Jack of All Trades series is a fantastic opportunity to kick- start my acting and presenting career,'' she said. If Kensett had the chance to work alongside any actor she said ''it would have to be Cate Blanchett''. The show, which airs on Sunday at 12.30pm, began filming last November at Silkwood Estate, Mt Cotton in southeast Queensland where the four contestants, Andrew Dietiker (NSW), Julian McDonald (Victoria), Matt Heath (South Australia) and Mick Stone (South Australia) compete in building, lifestyle/sporting and personality challenges while helping rebuild a home on the estate. 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