Cyclists asked to share Banbury’s towpaths

Resident Jenny Ratcliff pictured with councillor Surinder Dhesi on the towpath near Castle Quay.
Resident Jenny Ratcliff pictured with councillor Surinder Dhesi on the towpath near Castle Quay.

Cyclists wanting to emulate their Olympic cycling heroes Mark Cavendish or Laura Trott will now be reminded to share the towpath at Castle Quay with pedestrians.

Residents at Chamberlain Court, opposite the shopping centre, approached local councillor Surinder Dhesi over concerns about speeding cyclists along the towpath.

Cllr Dhesi took up their concerns with the Canal and River Trust, which has now posted signs asking cyclists to slow down and ‘Share the Space’.

Chamberlain Court resident Jenny Ratcliff said: “There are often groups of young cyclists racing along the towpath and I’m worried that some of our residents, if taken by surprise, could be injured or end up in the canal.”

Cllr Dhesi added: “We want cyclists to enjoy the towpath but some need to be more aware of pedestrians, particularly frail ones.”

A spokesperson for the Canal Trust said: “We are holding a ‘Share the Space’ event on the towpath on the morning of September 27 to raise awareness of our towpath code.

“This forms part of a national campaign week in which we will promote cyclists slowing down and pedestrians taking care on towpaths around the county.”