Recently Bicycle NSW has received reports of deliberate obstructions being placed on cycleways, and we’ve come up with some pointers from our communication with police.
Some of the incidents bike riders experience are easier for police to deal with than others. Difficulties can arise when there is no street address available for the location, for example on an off-road bike path.
Whether you’re out in the bush, on a shared path, or bike path away from the road, reporting is easier for police to investigate with a precise location. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1. Wherever you are when the incident occurs, open the Google Maps app on your phone
Step 2. Press and hold the screen to drop a pin
Step 3. Use the scroll up function for details about the pin you have dropped
Step 4. This will include latitude and longitude coordinates – record these with a screen-shot
When you make a report to police, use the latitude and longitude coordinates to describe where the incident took place. Ask police for an incident number once the report is complete. This helps if follow-up is required.
Sharing these coordinates is also a big help to Bicycle NSW if you call for our help on a matter. They can enable us to work out which council or land manager to contact to help you.
“We appreciate the efforts our members make to alert us to things that create hazards for rider,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“Hopefully this helps make reporting easier and the riding environment safer for everyone,” said Bastien.