Walker concerned about speed of bicycles on river path

EUGENE, Ore. - Janet Pereira lives off Goodpasture Loop in Eugene next to the Willamette River.

Her daily routine used to include walking down the paved path near her home.

"I used to walk probably a mile down and back," she said.

But she said that's now a thing of the past ever since she started feeling that her safety was in jeopardy.

"I've had a couple of near misses on the pathway over by the river with the bicyclists who go extremely fast, and there's numerous amounts of them on the weekends," Pereira said.

She said her main problem with cyclists is their speed.

"They're too close," she said. "Too close to the people that are walking."

She thinks bicyclsit should start choosing a different route.

But Kerry Peterson with Eugene Parks and Open Space said the paved path wasn't initially built for pedestrians.

"Originally the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path system was conceived as a bike path," she said.

In 2000, they changed the rules, allowing walkers and runners to share it.

"Whenever we have paved paths, they're multi use," Peterson said. "So there's a shared component to those paths and kind of a respect users have to have for the different speeds and the different types of methods of transport on those path systems."

Peterson said she understands multi use paths can be dangerous.

What's most important when using them?

"Eye-to-eye contact," she said. "Know who's next to you and what's coming up on you."