Tow­paths can be used by ev­ery­one

Canal Boat - - Letters - Ian Ran­dle

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.

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