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Cycling on a designated footpath

Reported anonymously at 16:58, Thursday 10 September 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council less than a minute later

The footpath between Newland Mill and Church Lane, Witney continues to be hazardous due to cyclists. The Witney Green Travel Plan has confirmed that this is a footpath and there should be no cycling. Nevertheless it persists, sometimes aggressively, even ... "No Cycling" text-signs need to be fastened to the gates etc to clarify, and to reduce the risks to pedestrians.

Today's examples include: 1: a father and son riding towards a woman - who has to leave the path to get out of their way 2: a family group riding towards a push chair until they realise they have to give way ... 3: a male pushing on through the narrowest section of the pathway ...

Council ref: ENQ20875917

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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 16:58, Thursday 10 September 2020

  • Today is Witney's "Car Free Day", promoted by Witney Town Council who recommended people use www. cyclestreet. net. Only problem: this app tells people to cycle down this footpath as a short cut ! Argh ! No wonder regular problems continue ... tho today ONE considerate person DID stop rather than plough on through the pedestrians: thank you, but please get all the others to stop their harassment.

    Posted anonymously at 22:26, Tuesday 22 September 2020

  • People around here continue to regularly experience problems caused by cyclists thinking they have the right of way: so regularly it's hardly worth trying to report them to get meaningful action. Fortunately there hasn't YET been worse than spilt shopping bags, torn clothing, falls when trying to get out of the way, etc etc but it's only a matter of time before something serious occurs. PLEASE: some "No cycling" signs (for only a few pounds apiece) would at least make it perfectly clear that this is a footpath for PEDESTRIANS first and foremost, and cycling thus would be a breach

    Posted anonymously at 17:28, Thursday 8 October 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • I have contacted my colleague in the Countryside service with regard to 'Footpath' signs for this location and will look into this matter further. I visited the site today and witnessed a cyclist in this location.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:40, Thursday 15 October 2020

  • Neighbours keep talking of their experiences with cyclists. Now its slippery wet leaves, mud, grass its challenging to avoid a hit. The majority of aggressors are male.

    Posted anonymously at 17:45, Thursday 15 October 2020

  • Have to walk into the mud to get out of the way of whooshing wheels

    Posted anonymously at 12:08, Tuesday

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