Let’s Look Out for Each Other
There has been a significant increase in the numbers of people who have taken up cycling over the past few months and riding on the shared space areas on traditional bikes as well as a surge of interest in electric bikes.
In 2018 the Panel launched their shared space campaign that featured a short film (see below) surrounding a collision involving a local woman, Fran Rayner. She was involved in a collision with a cyclist on the shared space next to Victoria Avenue. Fran suffered significant injuries as a result of the incident. She didn’t believe that the cyclist was at fault, but did show how easily these things can happen if we are not taking care and paying proper attention in these areas
Now, with so many converts to cycling on these areas as well as the main roads, the Panel are keen to remind everyone who uses these areas, of the importance of using them correctly and carefully.
Along much of the area is a cycle path that is trying to segregate pedestrian and cyclists, unfortunately many pedestrians wander into these areas and are causing issues for cyclists. Equally, cyclists have a responsibility to ride carefully and mindfully of pedestrians and other cyclists.