Cy­cling in sup­port

Canal Boat - - Letters - PHILIP HUNT, via email

AS AN EN­THU­SI­AS­TIC canal cy­clist and avid reader of your mag­a­zine I was dis­ap­pointed to pick up in your Oc­to­ber edi­tion an anti-cy­clist mood.

Not only was there a short piece about a pe­ti­tion to ask Google maps to re-route cy­clists from the Re­gent’s Canal in east Lon­don, but your cor­re­spon­dent John Ken­drew ac­cused cy­clists of mak­ing tow­paths dan­ger­ous and mis­er­able places.

I am the first to ad­mit that some cy­clists can be in­con­sid­er­ate. But, be­lieve it or not, some boat own­ers are not as po­lite as one might wish.

Surely, though, cy­clists make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion. They use the canals ex­ten­sively; of­ten along patches where ac­tive canal boats are few and far be­tween. They are also a huge army of sup­port for our won­der­ful canal sys­tem.

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