Row over ‘no cy­cling’ signs

‘It’s never been le­gal... we are just re­mind­ing cy­clists of the law’, says coun­cil

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARI JONES mari.jones@trin­i­tymir­ @week­lynews­mari

AROW has bro­ken out be­tween cy­clists and Conwy coun­cil over new sig­nage for­bid­ding the rid­ing of bikes on the foot­way on Conwy Bridge.

The signs ap­peared with­out warn­ing last week, much to the cha­grin of cy­clists who have al­ways used the path­way.

Cy­clists’ rights ad­vo­cate Roy Spils­bury said: “Cy­clists have suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated space with pedes­tri­ans on this foot­way for many years. We see no ev­i­dence re­motely jus­ti­fy­ing such an ac­tion, which has se­ri­ous road safety im­pli­ca­tions.”

Mr Spils­bury said that, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest, there have been no re­ported com­plaints from the pub­lic. He said: “The traf­fic on the ad­ja­cent road is un­suit­able for any­one other than the most ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers.”

Mr Spils­bury said he would like to see the new signs re­placed by “Share With Care” signs.

He said: “To do oth­er­wise would in our view be a se­ri­ous breach of the coun­cil’s duty of care to all cit­i­zens, with the like­li­hood that many cy­clists will ig­nore the signs, thus cre­at­ing con­di­tions likely to lead to con­flict be­tween users.”

Cllr Dave Cowans, cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways, en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity, said: “It has, for many years (since 1835), been an of­fence to ride a bi­cy­cle on a foot­way.

“Cy­cling on a foot­way is only le­gal when it is des­ig­nated as such by a pre­scribed sign which shows that it is a ded­i­cated cy­cle­way or a shared use foot­way/cy­cle­way.

“Nei­ther has ever been the case for the foot­way across Conwy Bridge.

“Fol­low­ing com­plaints re­ceived from Conwy Town Coun­cil re­gard­ing cy­cling on the nar­row foot­way across the bridge, Conwy County Coun­cil has in­stalled signs to re­mind cy­clists of the law.”

A fa­ther who cy­cles along the foot­way on a daily ba­sis with his daugh­ter said: “I take my daugh­ter along this path to school ev­ery day. We cy­cle to­gether. It’s part of our rou­tine.

“I despair that the coun­cil have done this. What are we sup­posed to do now? The road is far too dan­ger­ous for a nine-year-old to cy­cle on.

“The coun­cil says they support cy­cle to school schemes, but judg­ing by this they ev­i­dently don’t.”

Steve Lewis

No Cy­cling signs have been put up along the walk­way on Conwy Bridge

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