We received this email recently
I was wondering if there are any plans to control the increasing number of cyclists using the canal towpath. I’m not against cyclists, I have a bicycle myself which I use to get to and from my boat and the shops etc. However, I have noticed the number of bikes on the K&A towpath seem to be increasing in numbers and speed. This last weekend, being a sunny bank holiday, brought all sorts of people to the canal. It got to the point it was almost impossible to walk along the towpath as bikes were approaching from all directions. It seems a number of cyclists expect pedestrians to jump out of their way rather than the cyclist take responsibility for slowing down and giving way. I’m concerned there is going to be some nasty injuries before long (if not already)… and not just people! I had to keep my dog tethered at all times this weekend for fear of him being tangled up in bicycle wheels. I believe some boaters’ pets have already fallen foul to cyclists.
I find it ironic that a system originally designed for all transport (boats, people and horses alike) to travel at no more than 4 miles per hour has now shifted priority to cyclists who don’t have to comply to any speed restrictions let alone be expected contribute to the maintenance of the canal paths despite being the biggest contributor to their deterioration. I’m curious to know if the problem is being addressed. s there a campaign or plans underway to control the speed and priorities of cyclists on the K&A?