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.
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.