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Failed tarmac repair causing hazard to cycle path

Reported by David Green at 13:07, Wed 6 November 2019

A tarmac repair spanning the cycle path and footpath presents a hazard. There is a 4 inch edge to it and I was cycling around Bicester on Monday 4 Nov, slightly dazzled by the sun, and unexpectedly hit the uneven surface which threw me off my bike. I landed on my knees and elbow causing bruising and abrasions. As a 73 year old cyclist I consider myself extremely lucky that injuries were not more serious. There are several similar hazards where the cycle path runs along the A4421 ring road between Neunkirchen Way, Wretchwick Way and Charbridge Lane. many resulting from tarmac sinking around manhole covers. Some repairs have been undertaken but these are ineffective in many cases. The whole area needs a survey, risk analysis, and hazardous points signed or marked in some way. I have been cycling this route for many years and seen the cycle path steadily deteriorate. I have had some close shaves a few times before but this is the first accident. For some reason my photos don't seem to downloading to this report but I can email them to you if required.