Spurs to the Bay Gateway

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From the canal towpath to the Bay Gateway

Over-optimistic as ever, Dynamo had assumed that the short spurs that connect the new Bay Gateway shared-use path to existing routes were still to be properly surfaced. Not necessarily with silky-smooth tarmac, but neither quite so gravelly. Easy to cycle up with normal tyres (or manoeuvre a pushchair or wheelchair). So we checked with the County Council.

No.

The gravelly surface is here to stay.  Below is the County’s response:

The type of surfacing for the ‘spurs’ from the shared use cycleway/footway was decided on for a variety of reasons (speed limiting, durability, water runoff etc.) and for a variety of users (pedestrians, riders etc.).

In the location as shown, it was felt that a ‘black topped’ connection would encourage some cyclists to leave or enter the canal towpath at inappropriate speeds. The level of surfacing provided is consistent with a rural environment and is identical to the connections provided from Hammerton Hall Lane to the towpath to the south of the link road or Folly Lane to the north.

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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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2 Responses to Spurs to the Bay Gateway

  1. Oliver says:

    ‘Inappropriate speed’ looks very likely, to judge by the photo. Anyone going to volunteer to wobble off and sue them?

  2. John Hardiman says:

    Perhaps the Gateway/A6 roundabout should have been gravelled to encourage drivers to approach at appropriate speeds and not go straight through it! Or perhaps it’s all about price.

    More seriously at a leisurely pace appropriate to the width of the towpath I find the surface just acceptable for my skinny Road tyres. Those spurs use a larger gauge gravel in parts that pushed me to dismount and walk in places, I concluded that it was only designed for hybrid mtb use. Which is a shame as such a small link is reducing overall usage.

    As a black top is probably never going to be implemented a finer grade of hardcore topping would be a fair compromise.

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