Towpaths can be used by everyone
It seems obnoxious to me that cyclists should be charged or licensed for using the towpath. Healthy exercise is currently being encouraged by the Government and society in general, and there are few workouts comparable to the gentle cycle by the canal. With fresh air, exquisite natural beauty, and safety as a priority (away from the dangerous heavy traffic) we should be encouraging more cyclists to use this means of transport. Why target cyclists? Walkers, dog walkers, and mobility scooters also use the towpath. Should they be licensed as well?
I am both a boat owner and a cyclist and it pleases me to see the towpath being used so comprehensively. In fact while visiting the centre of Birmingham it was thrilling to see so many students passing by on their bikes. It would be foolhardy to add to their debts by charging a licence fee.