Safe Cycling

First published in Letters

I AM writing with great concern regarding the safe management of cycling in the Crosskeys area, particularly the route from Crosskeys canal towards the Cwmcarn scenic drive.

The canal route is not segregated and often cyclists ride at speed with no concern for pedestrians.

A personal incident; my daughter attempted to step out onto the pavement outside our house, which is on the route mentioned above.

She was missed by an inch by a group of adult cyclists speeding on the pavement.

Surely its about time CCBC invested time to look at this issue.

Having spoken to other pedestrians, this is becoming a safety concern.

Rebecca Little, North Road, Crosskeys

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2:23pm Fri 27 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

Once the work being conducted on the Pontywaun section of the canal has been completed, I would expect cyclists to use the towpath to make the trip from crosskeys to forest drive.

Certainly, the cyclists that I have encountered on the open section of canal on my regular runs have always been courteous and I have not had any cause for complaint.
Once the work being conducted on the Pontywaun section of the canal has been completed, I would expect cyclists to use the towpath to make the trip from crosskeys to forest drive. Certainly, the cyclists that I have encountered on the open section of canal on my regular runs have always been courteous and I have not had any cause for complaint. -trigg-
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3:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

maggiesian says...

Many cyclists arrogantly use routes which are illegal. It is not at all unusual to see cyclists on pavements in the Crosskeys area & pedestrians are expected to jump out of the way if the cyclists are good enough to ring their bell. Additionally, cyclists use public footpaths in forestry even though they have had many tens of thousands of pounds spent on cycle tracks within Forestry Commission (NRW) land. The Police do not seem to consider it a problem. I have seen cyclist use pavements within sight of Risca Police Station and Police on the beat. Youngsters on bikes are growing up to believe that they are intitled to ride anywhere they want. Only when there is a serious accident will this problem be taken seriously.
Many cyclists arrogantly use routes which are illegal. It is not at all unusual to see cyclists on pavements in the Crosskeys area & pedestrians are expected to jump out of the way if the cyclists are good enough to ring their bell. Additionally, cyclists use public footpaths in forestry even though they have had many tens of thousands of pounds spent on cycle tracks within Forestry Commission (NRW) land. The Police do not seem to consider it a problem. I have seen cyclist use pavements within sight of Risca Police Station and Police on the beat. Youngsters on bikes are growing up to believe that they are intitled to ride anywhere they want. Only when there is a serious accident will this problem be taken seriously. maggiesian
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12:10pm Sat 28 Jun 14

brian819@btinternet.com says...

As far as it goes, just how does one get onto the canal bank at Crosskeys with a bike? If you mean the High Street portion, or Top Crosskeys, then yes, but if you mean lower Crosskeys, i.e. Risca Road, then please explain.
It could very well be that there is a problem with cyclists v pedestrians on the canal, I would assume, only on occasions, there is no excuse if any cyclist threatens the safety of any pedestrian. The cyclist has the wrong of it and should constantly remember that. Riding on pavements is entirely another matter, especially with the amount of ever-increasing traffic on the roads today. There must be a solution, though what it might be I couldn't say offhand. The police does not see anything as a problem unless they are forced to. However, I firmly believe that organisation is the key to both problems
As far as it goes, just how does one get onto the canal bank at Crosskeys with a bike? If you mean the High Street portion, or Top Crosskeys, then yes, but if you mean lower Crosskeys, i.e. Risca Road, then please explain. It could very well be that there is a problem with cyclists v pedestrians on the canal, I would assume, only on occasions, there is no excuse if any cyclist threatens the safety of any pedestrian. The cyclist has the wrong of it and should constantly remember that. Riding on pavements is entirely another matter, especially with the amount of ever-increasing traffic on the roads today. There must be a solution, though what it might be I couldn't say offhand. The police does not see anything as a problem unless they are forced to. However, I firmly believe that organisation is the key to both problems brian819@btinternet.com
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8:01pm Sat 28 Jun 14

maggiesian says...

One doesn't have to get on the canal towpath at Crosskeys to be on the towpath going through Crosskeys.
One doesn't have to get on the canal towpath at Crosskeys to be on the towpath going through Crosskeys. maggiesian
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7:22pm Tue 1 Jul 14

brian819@btinternet.com says...

Surely, one of two things. Cyclists already on the canal bank approaching Crosskeys would never get off the canal bank to ride through Crosskeys on the main road and on up the old road to the scenic drive, or if they came up the main road from Risca and beyond, the only place one can get on to the canal bank is, as I've said by the old Eagle on Crosskeys High street.
Surely, one of two things. Cyclists already on the canal bank approaching Crosskeys would never get off the canal bank to ride through Crosskeys on the main road and on up the old road to the scenic drive, or if they came up the main road from Risca and beyond, the only place one can get on to the canal bank is, as I've said by the old Eagle on Crosskeys High street. brian819@btinternet.com
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