Concerns over shared paths in Crawley

Eddie Wakefield and the confusing cycle paths (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150510-170359008
Eddie Wakefield and the confusing cycle paths (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150510-170359008

Safety concerns have been raised over shared pedestrian and cycle routes in Three Bridges.

Eddie Wakefield has called on West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to make the shared-use path from The Hawth to Haslett Avenue East for pedestrians only after a cyclist told him to ‘get out of the bleeping way’ on it.

Mr Wakefield, of Freshfield Close, Furnace Green, said: “After an altercation between myself and a cyclist who told me in no uncertain terms, to get out of the bleeping way as I was on a cycle path. I checked the sign-age to find that he was right.

“What were the footpaths between Three Bridges Station, The Hawth and the Town Centre are now a mish mash of unsuitable and in some cases, illegal and confusing, mess.”

Mr Wakefield said stretches on the area’s shared pathways did not meet the minimum legal width of 1.5m.

He raised concerns over the loss of pedestrians’ rights to claim compensation from cyclists should an accident happen on the path because it was for cyclists.

Peter Smith, the Crawley representative of Horsham & Crawley Cyclists Touring Club, said he had sympathy with the concerns raised.

Councillor Smith (Lab, Ifield) called on the council to deliver ‘proper 21st century infrastructure’ in Crawley.

He criticised the ‘less than perfect’ cycle path designs by WSCC.

The Hawth path was an example of one which did not join-up cleanly with the paths cyclists prefer to take on the route or nearby routes.

The bus shelter in Haslett Avenue East by Pembroke Park did not give enough space to a cycle path next to it and could be ‘simply in the wrong place’.

A council spokesman said the shared use cycle/pedestrian path was commonplace. A council officer said the Highways legal department would investigate the signage on the path.

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