Speeding cyclists knocked down children at popular Rugby walking route - The Rugby Observer

Speeding cyclists knocked down children at popular Rugby walking route

Rugby Editorial 18th Oct, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

CHILDREN have been knocked over by speeding cyclists at Draycote Water on two occasions in recent weeks – prompting a safety warning from the reservoir’s rangers.

Draycote’s site supervisor says both instances were caused by cyclists exceeding the 15mph speed limit who were unable to react quickly enough.

Tom Crawford asked cyclists to be more mindful of walkers during their rides.

He said: “The last thing we want to do is to start policing the paths, but we want all our visitors to enjoy their visit and have fun safely.

“Draycote has around 500,000 visits a year. We want to encourage cyclists and walkers to work together and look out for each other when using the paths to avoid any accidents.

“A lot of our visitors take their time walking around, enjoying the facilities and taking their children out on bikes and scooters. So, if you’re a cyclist approaching a walker, make sure they know that you’re there – slow down, and sound your bell, that way people aren’t surprised.

“It’s the same if you’re on foot; if you see a cyclist, let them know you’re aware and give them room to pass you.

“We’re all there to enjoy the countryside; we just need to show respect and help to keep each other safe.”

Draycote Water forms part of National Route 41 of the National Cycle Network, a long distance route that, when complete, will connect Bristol, Gloucester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Rugby.


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