Concerns over new path
9:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Letters
AS a local cyclist, I have always regarded the Railway cycle path as a shared path primarily for local use, and share the concerns that an upgraded 'Sustrans' route would be used by some speedy cyclists and deter other users.
The main problems for cyclists on the railway path are the poor accesses and barriers, which are not rectified by tarmac or hig-grade surface. The sharp corners and narrow access from Plymouth Road should have been rectified by the Vale Council at the development planning stage. The path around the barrier at Birch Lane should have been required in reinstating the path after Dwr Cymru's sewer works, but the Vale Council disregarded my request.
The accesses from the Cosmeston estate are also badly planned or constructed. All such barriers and access difficulties deter diverse cyclists like people with shopping bags on handlebars, parent with child in tow, bike with trailer, adult trikes etc, quite apart from the obvious wheelchair users.
The money destined for reconstructing a very good, well-drained stone-dust surface would be better spent in tackling these local accesses and in extending the path to Fort Road (Lavernock) where the descent does need costly road-engineering.