Shock tactics in canal towpath campaign.

The shockingly graphic posters that have been erected. Click on the image to enlarge.
The shockingly graphic posters that have been erected. Click on the image to enlarge.

Those who fear improvements, planned for the canal towpath into Bath, will lead to a cycling take-over are using shock tactics to get their message across.

Graphic posters have been erected around the Grosvenor Bridge access route to the canal towpath into Bath showing the bloodied face of a woman who – we assume –  has been in collision with a cyclist.

Though the poster talks about ‘widespread evidence for an increase in speeding cyclists where towpath upgrades have already been done’  l have been told the image is of someone who does not live in this area and comes from an ‘incident’ which occurred elsewhere in the country.

Meanwhile, the poster says the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath is – l quote -“widely publicised as a part of the Two Tunnels circular cycle route and there has been a big increase in cyclists. Many cycling experts say that 2.5 metres is not wide enough for a busy shared path.”

Is there room for walkers and cyclists?
Is there room for walkers and cyclists?

The poster urges that the views of all canal users needs to be heard and mentions the two up-coming B&NES consultations on the improvement proposals.

Adam Reynolds who is Chair of CycleBath.
Adam Reynolds who is Chair of CycleBath.

The first is on Friday, August 28th at Bathampton Village Hall from 2 to 8 pm and then on Saturday, August 29th at the New Oriel Hall in Larkhall between10 am and 5pm.

The Virtual Museum has been talking to Adam Reynolds who is the Chair of CycleBath – an organisation that is campaigning for a better cycle infrastructure in Bath and also promotes cycling as a form of transport.

The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath
The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath

Improvements are being made possible thanks to a successful bid for City Cycle Ambition Funding by the Council, which has been allocated £3.8 million over the next three years.  £650,000 is available to undertake the works on the towpath.

This will include an improvement to the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal between Sydney Gardens and Bathampton, and two cycling facilities across the River Avon near Bath Spa Station and Locksbrook Bridge.

Basically its money awarded to promote cycling being used to upgrade the towpath.

Adam gave his version of the remedial work that is needed.

We met on the towpath on a wet Monday morning.

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