Letter from Peterborough: Cyclists on Trails Put Seniors at Risk
Our place of residence on Whitaker Street, just off Armor Road, is a particularly dense neighborhood for seniors.
These seniors, like us, live in apartments, condos and houses. Lucky for us, we have close access to the beautiful walking / biking trail, Ashburnham Trail, which is widely used by seniors, students, dog walkers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
Now more than ever, due to its heavy use, it is more necessary to adhere more strictly to basic civility and common sense.
Often, bikers go by at full speed without signaling with a bell or a word. It is very scary and intimidating for those of us who have hearing loss, as well as those in particular who are recovering from bone fractures and previous surgeries. Sadly, now some older people are stepping back from this wonderful social and healthy opportunity.
For those of us who refuse to give up easily, we ask our local government officials for their much-needed support.
We all need to be better informed.
Are there cycling rules and standards for these areas?
Are bicycle bells compulsory? Are there any speed limits?
My biggest concern is that if things continue as before, there is an increased risk of serious injury to anyone, but especially our seniors.
Bikers for safety and courtesy must signal their presence to all walkers.
I contacted the mayor about these concerns weeks ago, but haven’t heard anything yet. I also contacted Coun. Gary Baldwin and was very encouraged by his response.