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LETTER: Rules for e-bikes on trails need re-evaluation

'Several friends, both walkers and cyclists, have told me they had near misses with e-bikes at Tudhope Park,' reader says
newly paved trail at tudhope park
The trail at Tudhope Park is shown in this file photo. | Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters

OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor at dave@orilliamatters.com. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter is in response to a letter regarding a hit and run involving an e-bike and a pedestrian, published Aug. 7.
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A couple of weeks ago, a friend was walking on the paved bike path in Tudhope Park. An e-bike hit that friend and broke bones in both legs. Our friend remains in hospital awaiting surgery. It was estimated the e-bike was travelling at about 50 km/h.

Many people, especially seniors, walk on the paved paths at Tudhope Park during the day. The paths are level, so it is easier to keep one’s balance on the paved path than on a gravel walking path. During the day, there are more pedestrians than bikes.

Several friends, both walkers and cyclists, have told me they had near misses with e-bikes at Tudhope Park. Speed and the audibility of a bell being rung behind walkers are problematic.

Perhaps it is time to review and re-evaluate rules and responsibilities on walking paths at Tudhope Park.

Janet Houston
Orillia

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