Peddling towpath message
JOHN RYAN ( Letters CB, Feb) asks: ‘What do cyclicts pay to use the towpath?’ Well, I can only speak for myself, but I pay £ 6 per month (£72 per year) by direct debit as a Friend of the canals. I also have Third Party cover via my membership of British Cycling.
My bike is equipped with a bell and a horn. I always slow down as required and thank walkers for letting me past. If I do have a gripe, it is with the awful state of parts of the towpath. There are in places, what can only be described as linear mudbaths. Some of which have been in the same state for as long as I can remember and never ever see any maintenance. The CRT are well aware of the locations in question, as I have visited their office in Wigan specifically to raise the issue. In this case, along the L& L ( Parbold to Wigan) and L& L (near Red Rock moorings).
Elsewhere on the wider network, many, many, miles of cross-country towpaths are virtually uncycleable due to a soggy grass non-surface. Would it be to much to ask, to provide for the benefit of all users, a one-metre strip of compacted gravel as a minimum standard?