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Footpath pedestrians threatened

Reported in the Pavements category anonymously at 13:50, Saturday 8 August 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

This morning saw a tipping point of a long running issue - cyclists (often speeding) on the designated (narrow) pedestrian footpath between Newland Mill and Church Lane. Problems have worsened since the metal gates have been tied open for COVID, thus enabling cyclists to speed along unchecked. This morning's "hit" and verbal abuse adds to the roll, along with torn clothing, spilt shopping bags, trips and falls (to get clear ...), etc. A local resident is frightened the next time her artificial hip joint could be irretrievably shattered by someone who'll simply pedal away scott-free. At the least, clear signs stating "NO CYCLING" must be put up NOW, and then maintained. Failure to act and deal with this risk will provide a basis for future claims (of negligence, etc).

Council ref: ENQ20873090

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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 13:50, Saturday 8 August 2020

  • Cycling on pavement The Highway Code Rule 64 states: You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement. But in Rule 62 it advises how to behave when cycle tracks are alongside footpaths and pavements. ... And it says the bike user should be prepared to stop or slow down if necessary. In segregated areas the cyclist must stay on their cycle lane. To summarise, cycling on the pavement is still an offence, but there is clear guidance that the police are supposed to exercise discretion. Formally prohibiting cyclist would require the making of a TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER. This is not a course of action likely to happen especially in these times when the Govt is trying to promote cycling. We must rely on common courtesy between peds' and cycles but the Police can enforce should resources allow.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 11:00, Thursday 13 August 2020

  • James - I think the footpath they are referring to is 410/5 which runs from Church Lane, Witney over the field to Newland Mill. Will send you a screenshot of the location, doesn't look like there are any signs there atm.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:41, Monday 17 August 2020

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