Anti-motorbike barriers to be removed from National Cycle Network
Tuesday, November 29th 2016 at 6:10PM GMT
Sustrans is to accelerate the removal of anti-motorbike barriers from the National Cycle Network. Such barriers often prevent use of cycleways by oversize bikes, wheelchair users and those towing child-trailers.
Will Haynes, Head of Built Environment at Sustrans told BikeBiz: “Barriers are an issue on many traffic-free paths. While they were originally installed as a well-meaning response to understandable concerns regarding the safety of path users and the amenity of local residents, in reality they restrict access to many legitimate path users, such as wheelchair users, disabled cyclists, people with inclusive cycles and families with trailers.”
He added: “Sustrans is working with landowners around the country to help reduce or remove restrictive barriers, as all the evidence suggests that as the path gets busier, anti-social behaviour decreases.”
To highlight the removal of barriers from along one of Greater Manchester’s most popular traffic-free paths the Lord Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan and his Consort Simon Austin-Behan rode a tandem along the Fallowfield Loop cycle and walking route.
Riders with tandems, bicycles adapted for disability use and child trailers can now access the six-mile linear park, which had regular barriers along its length as well as at access points to roads, to deter use by motorised vehicles.