This contribution is from one community member. The WBRA Committee hasn’t discussed this matter at all.
Miraz Jordan writes:
⚠️ Cyclists! Do you find the Strathnaver Drive speed bumps a pain in the rear? They drive me crazy.
In a 1 kilometre stretch of Strathnaver Drive there are 3 speed bumps. As they’re designed to do, they slow down cars and trucks very effectively.
On the other hand, quad bikes, motorbikes, horses and pedestrians just go around the side on the rough grass and sand.
The speed bumps are awful for cyclists though. To ride over them means slowing right down and taking things very carefully — it really interrupts the flow of an otherwise enjoyable ride. Going round the side means negotiating gravel, potholes, and loose sand.
As a cyclist I find shifting gravel, the bumpy and rutted surfaces, every pothole really tricky. It’s also annoying to manage to build up a little speed and then have to slow to almost a stop to either ride over or cautiously navigate around each speed bump.
Strathnaver Drive is a popular ride for cyclists, in winter, but especially in summer when we also get a lot of young kids either on their own bikes or on the trail-along bikes attached to an adult’s bike. Sometimes we get kids or pets in trailers too.
I want the Council to help us cyclists. My idea is to ask them to build a maybe 3 metre long, 1 metre wide asphalt path around the end of each speed bump so we’d have a decent surface to ride on.
Or perhaps they could cut a gap in each speed bump so we could go through the middle.
Or perhaps you have a better idea?
Please add your voice to mine to ask for something to be done! Leave a comment below with your ideas, support or suggestions. In late-July I’ll send a request to Horowhenua District Council and would appreciate your support.
This campaign is being organised by Miraz Jordan, July 2019. Please add your voice below.