Ped­dling tow­path mes­sage

Canal Boat - - Letters - PETER OWEN ( R/O M.N. Retd), via email

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?

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