Speeding cyclists on popular green route are told to reduce their speed

Little Neston residents call for action on minority of cyclists speeding on greenway

Borough council locality officer Elaine Grant, Cllr Kay Loch, Cllr Louise Gittins, greenspace officer Peter Atkinson and cyclists who support the proposal

A ‘small minority’ of speeding cyclists on part of a popular greenway have led to action by the borough council.

The ‘share with care’ scheme on Burton Marsh greenway is designed to ensure that all users can enjoy the route.

Linking Neston and the Deeside Industrial Estate the greenway has proved to be a great success with walkers, wheelchair users and cyclists allowing people to use sustainable means of transport to travel to work as well as providing for recreational walking and cycling.

But residents living near the end of the greenway in Little Neston have been reporting a growing problem with a small minority of speeding cyclists.

The measures, backed by Little Neston and Burton ward borough councillors Louise Gittins (Lab) and Kay Loch (Con), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Sustrans, the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, local residents and cyclists, are proposed to try to reduce the speed of cyclists as they approach the end of the greenway.

Cllr Loch said: “The proposal includes new signs, extensions to the two existing speed humps near the end of the route to make them more effective and a gate which will be positioned on the narrow section north of Quayside in the area where most of the problems occur.

“We also intend to send letters to local cycling clubs to request considerate use.

“We all hope that these measures will bring home to the small minority of inconsiderate cyclists the need to ‘share with care’.”

Cllr Gittins said: “This is a welcome development by the council.

“Local residents have been calling for action to address problems encountered on the greenway involving a small minority of irresponsible cyclists.

“This is a shared route for everyone to enjoy and there should be respect from and for all users.”

Colin Wells from the RSPB said: “I am more than happy to support the ‘share with care’ proposal.

The greenway is a place that appeals to a wide variety of people and groups and is for everyone’s enjoyment.”

 
 
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