Parents warn others to be vigilant on Port Stephens Fingal Bay Cycleway after near miss with trail bike

The family ready for a bike ride on the “safe” cycleway.
The family ready for a bike ride on the “safe” cycleway.

ONE couple are warning parents to be vigilant after they experienced what they claim was a terrifying incident on Fingal Bay Cycleway in Tomaree National Park which allegedly occurred on the long weekend.

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The couple have asked that their identities are not revealed after their young children’s lives were allegedly endangered by a trail bike rider.

The children’s father told News Of The Area, “The trail bike came out of nowhere and headed down the path straight at our children, we were too far away to intervene and the rider ignored our calls for them to slow down, he sped at the kids, it was terrifying.”

He believes that something should be done and that all parents would understand how helpless he felt as he watched, believing his children were about to be run over, on what was supposed to be a fun family outing in a safe space.

“The rider must have been going at around 60 kilometres per hour and he went right between our two children, if there had been a collision we believe we would have lost our children or they would have been seriously hurt,” he said.

The father spoke to a local resident who mentioned that it is an ongoing problem.

While the family would like to see the rider apprehended, they would also like to warn families of the potential danger from trail bike riders on the cycleway.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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