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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
36 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 A perfect job for the unskilled MOST children are aware of stranger danger by the time they reach primary school. Fewer are aware of traffic danger. Research has confirmed that young children do not have the same cognitive sense as adults when it comes to crossing a road. Their peripheral vision is limited, which is why some children will run out on to the roadway, oblivious to the dangers of vehicles. Given these accepted beliefs, it is incredible that three local primary schools do not have adequate school crossing supervision. Homebush Public School has resorted to erecting a huge banner outside the school grounds, warning parents to mind their own children as they cross the road. Most parents would take it upon themselves to do so anyway, knowing that there is no crossing supervisor in attendance. There is no reason why supervisors can't be appointment to fill the gaps, even in times of high employment. Given the appropriate checks and balances, it would make a perfect Work for the Dole scheme. Cyclists not to blame Prams can be a nuisance on the Bay Run. IN reply to Russell Edwards (Opinion, August 14) about the behaviour of cyclists around the Bay Run, if a picture paints a thousand words, then my photo should be more than enough to explain the behaviour of other Bay users that cyclists have to put up with. I will get off my bike and walk it around the rowing club when dog owners start walking around the Bay with both themselves and their mutt on the same side of the path and without a leash stretched from one side of the path to the other; when drunken patrons of the rowing club no longer congre- gate in the middle of the path for a last minute chat; when ped- estrians develop enough courtesy to stick to the pedestrian side of the path where it is divided; when pedestrians learn to reduce the volume of their noise boxes to a level where they can hear joggers and cyclists yelling at them from behind; when groups of two or more power walkers learn to walk in such a way as to not consume every available square foot of path from kerb to kerb and when pram pushers start to get into single file at pinch points. There are certainly some idiot cyclists riding around the Bay, but that doesn't mean that all cyclists should have to modify their behav- iour because of the discourtesy, lack of common sense and oc- casional outright stupidity of other Bay users. Nigel Withers Five Dock It's an I.Q. test RUSSELL Edward's letter seems to make some valid points, but one really needs to address the realities of cycling in Sydney. For the record, the shared path known as 'the Bay run' is conde- scendingly referred to by most cyclists as the Inner-West-I.Q-test. Exactly what part of ''Keep Left'', ''Shared Path'', ''Dogs On Leash'' and the cycling logo do people not understand? On the northern side of the bay, the council has gone to great lengths and cost to separate cyclists and pedestrians. But yet, the cycleway is still full of dog walkers, pram pushers, groups of joggers and other assorted fools who just don't seem to get it. I cycle commute daily from my home to Homebush and back. The round trip of some 60km takes me through many areas that are cyc- ling unfriendly. Ironically, the most dangerous part of my ride is the section of cycleway past Haberfield Rowing Club. It should be the safest. So dangerous in fact, that during the summer months I prefer to use that part of the City West Link than bother with the path. As to the question of cyclists not dismounting. Well, the simple answer is, why should they? I, like most cyclists slow right down at that point. If people just kept to their left, there shouldn't be any problems. Most cyclists use cyc- ling shoes. They are difficult to walk with. One can imagine the problems faced by a cyclist having to walk across the painted area in the wet. Stan Bear Mosman WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 142 Macquarie St, Parramatta 2150. FAX: 9689 5529 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS We're not liable AFTER reading a letter about the bulldozer (Opinion, August 7) I made inquiries with Ashfield Council staff about this matter. I was informed that although the council leases the car park from Railcorp, the incident was caused by a contractor undertak- ing works for the rail authority. The payment of restoration to the vehicle owner for the vehicle damage is therefore the respons- ibility of the contractor and/or their insurance company. Naturally the council is keen to see that Railcorp and their con- tractor address this issue without undue delay and will contact them to ensure that the matter is being followed through. The council will also convey its con- cern to Railcorp that large earthmoving machinery com- missioned by them is traversing the car park in a manner where there is manifestly a risk of property damage and personal injury. This is clearly unaccept- able. Ken Gainger General manager Ashfield Council Flats or trees? CAN home owners that can't afford mortgages truly afford the cost of constructing granny flats? As the quarter-acre backyard is swallowed up by these flats, more of the open space that provides potential for tree planting, disap- pears, enabling urbanised devel- opment to suffer a similar fate to that of Beijing, which is the subject of worldwide criticism by all except officials. 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