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A4 Bath Road, between river and rail bridges

Reported via desktop in the Footpath / pavement problem category anonymously at 13:05, Wednesday 21 April 2021

Received by Buckinghamshire Council moments later

The following report was forwarded to the Police as it contains actions which could cause serious accidents, under Police reference CDS-71822-21-4300-000. The relevant law, regarding cycling on pavements, of which I am sure you are aware, is: HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129.

We live at the above location, just west of the traffic lights at the Berry Hill junction. Recently a cycle path has been created along the northern side of the A4. The original footpath had been widened and made more suitable for cyclists and pedestrians. Although there is some signage indicating the cycle path at the Maidenhead Bridge end, there is no indication that the southern side is not for cycles. In our experience there are far more cycles using the southern side than the northern side cycle path, possibly due to the fact that this path leads to Amerden Lane and the Jubilee River path. The southern footpath is dangerous for cyclists, partly because it hasn't been widened but also because there are numerous private driveways on this side, including Silchester House School, from which vehicles appear, however slowly and carefully. For most the vision up and down the footpath is very limited and a speeding cyclist, of which there are many, might not be able to stop. Quite apart from the collision danger, on this narrow footpath cycles are a danger to pedestrians and to themselves. I was truly shocked yesterday when I was on the footpath, as a female cyclist was approaching me at high speed, as she got closer, what had appeared to be a parcel in her front basket turned out to be a very young baby.

I request that action is taken on this matter before a serious accident occurs.

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    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:05, Wednesday 21 April 2021

  • In my original submission above, I had intended to leave my email address, it is chris@copedesign.com. Thank you.

    Posted anonymously at 16:24, Tuesday 4 May 2021

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