Stopping speedsters on Thames towpath

Published: Monday, 03 June 2024

THE various councils along the Thames are attempting to reduce the speed of speeding cyclists on the towpath that is becoming dangerous.

The London councils are to install planter boxes and rumble strips that they believe will improve the safety of the towpath for walkers, Roger Fox reports.

Popular leisure destination

Wandsworth Council tells the towpath is a 'popular leisure destination', but also a handy way to get to and from work being a 'key transport link', and perhaps in a hurry.

The work will include additional signage and larger paving slabs to signal that pedestrians have priority. With measures to help negotiating blind corners.

Yet though Canal & River Trust have banned e-bikes on its towpaths, the councils have not, telling that e-bike hire companies have introduced a 'go slow' policy for its hirers that are allowed on the Thames towpath.

The hire people warn hirers of e-bikes that they are not allowed to park them on the towpath.