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Ring A Ding Ding Project (RADD)
The Lions Club of Onkaparinga have come up with a novel idea to make Walking a safe and pleasant experience when sharing paths with Cyclists.
Several Lions members, who are regular walkers, have noticed it has become increasingly difficult to have a peaceful,reflective and healthy walk especially on the shared Amy Gillett Path at Woodside. We know that people walk for many different reasons , to lose weight , to maintain circulation, to grieve over a deceased loved one, to reflect on lost relationships and to just enjoy Nature.
Many people find it hard to maintain a ‘walking regime'. The Danish Philosopher, Soren Kier-Kegaard has a quote to assist:
“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday I walk myself into a state of wellbeing and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”
It follows then that Walking can be a rewarding and healthy experience and should be encouraged wherever possible. Sadly, this is becoming increasingly hard to achieve with some Cyclists ‘whizzing' past a walker with no warning at all.
It is for this reason that the Lions Club of Onkaparinga will be introducing to the community their - “RING-A-DING-DING” ( RADD ) Project. The ‘RADD’ project will have as it’s theme “CARING CYCLISTS WARN WALKERS”. It’s really not that hard for the cyclist…..a simple cheerful warning at least 10 metres before approaching a ‘walker’ or even the use of a ‘Bike Bell’ would suffice. We are hoping to restore the humble” BIKE BELL “ to it’s former glory.
In the Dept. of Planning,Transport and Infrastructure ‘Cycling and the Law’ document on page 22 it states:
“...when riding on any path you MUST :
- Exercise due care and consideration for pedestrians and other users
- Give warning to pedestrians or other path users by sounding your bell or horn or by other means, if necessary for the purpose of averting danger .”
BICYCLEFIX (the Woodside Bicycle shop) is a passionate supporter of the Cycling community and they have agreed to partner with the Lions Club in this project.
The Lions Club is mindful of the fact that Amy Gillett was a world class cyclist and that this track was built with a view to providing a safer experience for cyclists. We feel proud and privileged that this track runs through Woodside to the surrounding district. The Lions Club is hopeful that by re-introducing the humble bike bell, safety on the track for all users will be increased and we would hope that all ‘walkers’ will respond positively to those cyclists who have embraced the Lions Club “RADD” theme.
The Lions Club of Onkaparinga have already started ‘the wheels turning’ by introducing their ’RADD’ project to local primary schools. On 11.04.18 they attended the Woodside Primary School to donate 269 Bike bells (one for each student) and to recognise the students who also produced posters as part of the School’s Bicycle Safety Awareness Project. BICYCLEFIX ( the Woodside bike shop ) also presented a short talk on Bicycle safety and etiquette.
The Lions Club has also been contacted by the Lobethal Primary school who wish to participate in this “RADD” project. The Lions Club welcomes more schools to be involved and they can contact Lion Sharon Shillabeer on mobile 0455 139 083.
Lion Corry Moors
Lions Club of Onkaparinga