More towpath cyclist problems

Published: Saturday, 06 June 2009

KIRKLEES Council which takes in the Calder & Hebble Navigation and the Huddersfield canals is the latest authority worried about the problem caused on the upgraded towpaths by cyclists.

They are being urged to enjoy the local waterway towpaths, but to be considerate to others.

This is in response to racing cyclists taking advantage of the upgraded towpaths in the council's area, yet showing little consideration to walkers and dogs.

Councillor David Sheard, Cabinet Member for Transport and Green Services, pointed out:

"More people are out and about as the weather improves and now is a good time to highlight that we all need to be courteous to each other when we use these shared routes. Pedestrians should listen out for cyclists and allow them to pass.

"Cyclists should be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary and warn others of their approach in good time by ringing the bell. Many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired so don't assume that you have been seen or heard. Give others room and thank them as they give way to you."

More and more authorities are realising the problems caused by the new upgraded narrow towpaths that are neither designed or marked for pedestrian and cyclist use.