Paths views aren't shared
DAVID Naylor (Have Your Say, February 16) argues the point of shared paths from the cyclist's point of view, but I find his argument rather flawed. There are reasonably cheap methods of having a delineation strip which would physically divide a path between cyclists and pedestrians, especially in urban areas.
He argues shared-use paths are necessary for cyclists who don't have the confidence to use our roads, but then the action of cyclists reduces the confidence of pedestrians to use the paths.
If pedestrians are expected to put up with errant cyclists on paths shouldn't cyclists be expected to put up with errant motorists and use the roads? It is recognised that cycling is good for health reasons, but so is walking. However, cycling is the flavour of the month at the moment and people are bending over backwards to accommodate cyclists to the detriment of other pavement/path users.
If Mr Naylor wants to hear of incidents between cyclists and other path users which he describes as rare I can give him quite a number, including three that happened to me in the past year.
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Action is needed to ensure that pavements/paths are available to be used in the first instance by pedestrians and if safe and appropriate by cyclists not to be going in the opposite way.
Brendan Campbell (secretary)
Swansea Access For Everyone