CYCLISTS v WALKERS SURVEY ON THAMES PATH

 

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A west London council is holding a public consultation on possible changes to the Thames Path.

Hounslow Council wants to find out the views of people on the issue of cycling by the river in Chiswick.

Although the changes would affect only a section of the path near Duke’s Meadow at Chiswick it is likely to be keenly watched by other councils along the Thames as well as cycling and ramblers groups..

The council says the section of the path is well used by both cyclists and pedestrians, especially at weekends, and in a recent Saturday survey 721 cyclists and 2,014 pedestrians were counted.

The council says: “Some sections are quite narrow and may be considered inadequate as shared-use and there are also issues of non-compliance with the existing cycling restrictions along the pedestrian-only footpath. 

“Whilst there are ‘no cycling’ signs at the entrance to the footpath, signage for the permitted cycle route is poor and the quality of the  permitted cycle route is low.”

The council wants to hear views on a number of options including widening the path, to help improve visibility, introducing better signage and building additional barriers to keep cyclists and walkers apart.

You can complete the Thames Path questionnaire here or submit feedback to transportplanning@hounslow.gov.uk.

The closing date for this consultation is 20 November 2016.

Story dated Oct 26th 2016