Sharing the Queenstown Trail between walkers and cyclists is
not the problem - it's the pet poo, says one resident.
Responding to an article in the Queenstown Times on
Wednesday, Gary Anderson, of Dalefield, said he spent more
time on his bike avoiding dogs and their doings, than he did
He used the trails several nights of the week and wanted the
Queenstown Lakes District Council to take a look at better
dog control, Mr Anderson said.
''They need to be on a leash.''
Not only were dogs getting in the way of cyclists and fouling
the cycleway, they were also disturbing the birdlife in
nearby farms and reserves, he said.
The biggest culprits were dog owners on bikes, who would
often let their canine run free,
dogs sometimes leaving their ''mark'' on the track, he said.
When asked by the Queenstown Times this week, council
community services manager Paul Wilson said dogs did not have
to be on a leash and ''voice control'' was acceptable.
A speed restriction on cyclists was not being considered as
it would be impossible to police, he said.
This comment flowed from earlier concerns from Irish visitor
Pat Hamell over the difficulties of cyclists, walkers and
pets sharing the Queenstown Trail.
Mr Hamell and his wife visit Queenstown for three months of
the year and say they are regularly frightened while out
walking by the speed of cyclists on the trail. Mr Hamell's
accusation cyclists went too fast on the trail was rejected
by Mr Anderson, who said the trail was built for cyclists and
walkers to use at the same time.
''More so the problem can be when walkers are inconsiderate
walking in big bunches and not to one side,'' Mr Anderson
He had been enjoying using the trail and, although there were
a few blind corners, it was a fantastic facility for
training, he said.
''It is a cycleway and I don't see why sharing could ever be
He was disturbed by the number of trail users wearing
headphones as his warnings to them when approaching would go
unheard, creating a risk of collision. Bells on bikes and
speed restrictions were ''ridiculous'' suggestions, he said.