London hazards answer
IN RESPONSE TO Mr Firth’s letter ( CB, Oct), while we’d agree that a busier London brings its own challenges, the lively, colourful waterways we see today are a welcome change from the derelict canals of yesteryear.
The waterways are more popular than they’ve ever been and this has given the Canal & River Trust new opportunities to make upgrades.
Towpath improvements have been funded by Transport for London and other local authorities, not from boating licences, and the funding includes improvements that benefit boaters, such as mending waterway walls and putting in mooring rings.
Of course, some visitors will cycle or jog carelessly on towpaths, and this is why we promote the Towpath Code through our national Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign.
Accidents are far more likely to occur when people are looking at the ground, trying to avoid potholes, rather than paying attention to what’s ahead of them.