Cyclists on canal path

I have feet in all camps .. though not enough feet!  As a horsey, bike owning dog walker I’m firmly in the walkers only camp. The cyclists that I regularly see riding the path (even at night in groups) are almost exclusively riding mountain bikes. The canal path is far from being mountainous and is far more akin to pavement. I thought that the purpose of this type of bike was to test your ability on testing terrain , which the footpath is certainly not. Re: the safety element of bikes and pedestrians and the warning of approaching bikes , I can’t remember the last time I heard a rider ring a bell to alert others of their arrival. Perhaps it’s not “cool” to have a bell.
As regards putting the equestrians into the mix that would be totally ridiculous. Horses and dogs have minds of their own and despite the best efforts of riders /owners they do at times do their own thing. In addition horses would destroy the walkability of the pathway . The only answer would be to provide a seperate way for both styles of rider- the practicalities and cost of providing this would be beyond limited budgets which may be available.
At present the canal walk is just a foot path, and a very nice one where dogs can run free in safety I would hate to see this change. There are signs that ban cyclists at present , but they are ignored and who is going to “police” this path anyway?

Fil Bower

3 thoughts on “Cyclists on canal path

  1. Peter Wheal Post author

    The Forum were very keen for a cycle path to be built. The first suggestion was along the canal path running alongside the footpath. However, the protests from residents was overwhelmingly against it including Councillor Geoff Hockley who said ‘Over my dead body will this be a cycle path’. A path alongside Posbrook Lane is recommended in the Plan but is the most expensive option. Discussions with various cycle groups are ongoing. On page 42 of the Plan you will see the National Cycling Grid map which shows the lack of cycle path connections with other locations.

  2. Ali G

    If anyone has ever cycled down Posbrooke Lane in the mornings and evenings you would understand why cyclists are keen to find a track to cycle on where they are not likely to be killed. I have had way too many close shaves with Mr. White van man on this road. Cars go very fast down this rat run so alternative routes are often sought. The provision for any cycling around Titchfield is appauling and needs to be addressed.

  3. John Ekins

    Well said! I am all for cycling but too many cyclists pay scant attention to the safety of pedestrians, and as an older and more vulnerable pedestrian I would much prefer it stays as a footpath.

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