Following concerns raised by Clr Candy Bingham at Manly Council's Community & Safety Committee, Council Rangers and Police are to undertake a blitz to ensure better safety for cyclists and pedestrians in the Manly area.
They will target riders who don’t give way to pedestrians, disobey traffic signals and signs, ride on footpaths and do not wear helmets.
Cyclists riding on The Corso and other prohibited areas will also be targeted.
"Another area of concern has been cyclists riding across pedestrian crossings, particularly early in the morning in their haste to get to the ferry. Near the Manly Art Gallery is another area where residents have lodged complaints about careless cyclists causing chaos," Clr Bingham said.
While wanting to encourage bike riding as an alternative form of transport and exercise, safe practices need to be applied.
What has your experience been?
Want a spot to chain your bike up in Manly? You’d better be quick!
With the rapid increase in the popularity of bikes in the Manly area, finding somewhere to park them is often a challenge.
The Council installed bike racks are filled to the brim, leaving cyclists with no option but to chain their bikes to trees, poles or anything that’s not moving!
Although the Council has installed more bike racks, the problem is they are designed to hold two bikes, but in reality can only hold one.
Have you had trouble finding somewhere to park your bike? What do you think would be a good solution?
Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.