A SCARBOROUGH resident who was injured in a bike accident says a Trigg bike path “blind spot” needs to be fixed by the City of Stirling.
Ian Ross was cycling along the South Trigg shared path on May 25 at peak hour when two children on bikes appeared from a concealed ramp, which runs directly on to the busy path.
“I got the shock of my life when I was cycling along the path and swerved to avoid the small kid on the bike, only to crash into his older brother,” he said.
“I really want someone to be held responsible for this. I don’t blame the kids; the set up of this ramp around the toilet is an invitation for kids to use it as a bike track.
“There are no warning signs. It is completely obscured with a high wall, so if nothing else happens I just want to make sure no one else goes through the same thing that I did.”
Ambulances took Mr Ross to hospital with a broken elbow and the young boy to another hospital with a broken leg.
Mr Ross also said the incident had a “massive financial impact” and he wanted compensation from the City for injuries and loss of income.
Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said the City was concerned with “potential conflict” areas along the Scarborough and Trigg path.
“Although some cyclists are ignoring the speed limit, many others are taking the higher speed diversion away from this area,” he said.
“The interaction at the ramp and wall is considered to be less of an issue to that which occurs between cars parked adjacent to the Recreational Shared Path, the beach showers and picnic areas.
“Accordingly, the most appropriate measure, of an appropriate speed limit (10 km/h) has been implemented.”
Mr Ross said he was travelling along the path slowly because he knew it was a “busy area”.
Mr Giamov said the City would not consider compensating for injuries sustained in the ‘blind spot’ and he was not aware of any other complaints.
“Responsibility for safe use is effectively placed on cyclists, which has been further reinforced by the posting of the 10 km/h speed limit,” he said.
Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said she believed local government should separate cyclist and pedestrians on shared paths.
“Measures that local governments can take on shared use paths include ensuring that proper line of sight exists; however, it is also up to all groups to use the paths according to the conditions, such as slowing down at corners,” Ms Harvey said.
Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremey Murray said that if a hazard was identified then the local government should take remedial action as soon as possible.