The Canal and River Trust is running a prize survey to find out views on those who travel too fast on towpaths, perhaps using Strava and other tracking apps.
The survey is seeking to find out “as much as possible about what you think of our towpaths and our plans to make them better as this will help ensure they are as good as they can be.”
Towpaths are shared spaces with a pedestrian priority but in some high use locations there has been friction between fast cyclists and slow cyclists, and between fast cyclists and pedestrians. Speed bumps and chicanes have been introduced in some locations, and the Canal and River Trust is looking to find out if there would be public acceptance for more of these speed reduction measures.
The Trust already has a “Share the Space, Drop your Pace” campaign to “encourage everyone to be nicer to each other on towpaths.”
The charity’s survey stresses: “We love cycling and running on towpaths – and these activities will always be welcomed – but we know that some people don’t always use common sense and travel too fast. This can obviously be dangerous and can, occasionally, cause accidents.