We are calling for a far reaching public consultation about the plans to resurface and widen the towpath from Bathhampton to Sydney Gardens in and to remove trees from the path that links the Grosvenor Bridge to the towpath.
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£675,000 has been allocated to improve conditions for cyclists on the towpath. So far, it appears that only the views of cyclists have been taken into account. There is a lack of awareness of the proposed works amongst many towpath users.
This is a much loved route for many. We are concerned about the implications for the majority of canal users who have not had an opportunity to express their views. This includes hundreds of walkers, anglers, boaters and dog walkers. Many people are worried about the potential for increased numbers of cyclists travelling at speed on the towpath. The towpath, at its widest, will be 2.5 metres. This is unlikely to be enough to make a safe, 'shared space' for all users.
Once the work has been done, it will be irreversible. The Canal and River Trust stress that it is crucial to have a public consultation on any new towpath design in order to avoid future conflict.
There have been comments made that there will be a Code of Conduct for cyclists. It will be difficult to ensure that is policed and adhered to.
We are calling on the council to give us an opportunity to voice our concerns in a fully open and public meeting. This meeting must be fully publicised to ensure that all parties are made aware of the date, time, and nature of the meeting.
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