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Dangerous metal posts obstructing footway/cycle path

Reported anonymously at 19:13, Monday 12 August 2019

Sent to Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

At the closed-off section of Overthorpe road, barriers across the highway force pedestrians and cyclists through a narrow gap on the north side footpath. The footpath is obstructed by vertical metal posts which are posing a dangerous obstacle to cyclists and pedestrians, and also make navigating this path very difficult for those with wheelchairs, mobility scooters or pushchairs.

These posts, originally painted, have now become very rusty. They have sharp edges and the post at the edge of the pavment has a sharp rusty protusion (see arrowed photo). Last week I caught my arm on this produsion whilst cycling and avoiding a pedestrian, causing a cut and painful bruise. Should a cyclist collide with one of these poles it could cause them serious injury.

In addition to this, lorries and a burger van often park up on the highway, alongside the barriers, obstructing the drop-kerb that cyclists need to access the footway and pass through this gap.

As this route is heavily used by cyclists and pedestrians heading between town, station, St Leonards School and the ever-expanding Thorpe Way Industrial Estate, this situation needs addressing before someone is seriously injured.

As a minimum, the posts need repainting, and all sharp edges and protrusiosn made safe. Ideally, they should be removed completely. The burger van and lorries should be obliged to park in a way that leaves plenty of space for cyclists to access the drop kerbs, or relocated to a more suitable location.

Ideally, the whole area should be remodelled, the metal barriers removed and replaced with bollards, with an unobstructed path for cyclists to pass through them without having to use the footpath.

Council ref: ENQ19840272

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 19:15, Monday 12 August 2019

  • Thank you for your report. This area is scheduled the gate and posts to be painted .

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:45, Friday 6 September 2019

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