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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bondi to Coogee Cliff Walk War

The 5 kilometre Coogee to Bondi cliff walk is now so congested, people are having trouble just moving along. And it's making them angry. So angry in fact that Waverley Council has stepped in to stop path-rage between the walkers and the runners. They have decided to install traffic signs and footpath markings advising the users to "keep left".

Some angry confrontations have taken place recently and people are unable to agree on who has the right of way, which side of the path pedestrians and runners should use, and what the protocol is when the paths narrow at choke points. Trouble starts when a walker won't move over for a runner coming towards him and sometimes people bump into each other. So what's the reaction of the locals? Some think it's a good idea and others think it's overkill.

There are other beautiful cliff walks around Sydney with views just as good with fewer people. If it's been a while since your last visit, the Bondi walk is okay during the week, but don't attempt it on the weekend.