Speeding cyclists told to put brakes on after collisions with Draycote walkers - The Rugby Observer

Speeding cyclists told to put brakes on after collisions with Draycote walkers

Andy Morris 22nd Aug, 2017   0

SPEEDING cyclists have been told to put the brakes on at Draycote Water.

Owners Severn Trent issued the warning after two recent incidents where bike riders have broken the site’s 15mph speed limit and collided with walkers or other cyclists.

The company will install speed bumps along the five-mile path which circles the reservoir in September to help remind cyclists and authorised drivers about the speed limit.

Ranger Tom Crawford said Draycote Water attracts over 500,000 visitors a year – many of them cyclists.

He said: “The vast majority of these observe the 15mph speed limit and don’t cause us any problems but there have been a minority who have been seen going too fast on the path.

“Unfortunately this has resulted in two recent collisions, both caused by excess speed, and we need to try and make sure that doesn’t happen again as we have a duty to keep people safe.

“The path is shared by walkers, runners and cyclists and we need to make sure they can all use it safely together.

“Cyclists can also make sure walkers are aware they are approaching by slowing down and sounding their bell, and it is the same if you’re on foot – if you see a cyclist, give them room to pass by.”

A similar safety warning was issued in October last year, after two incidents where children had been knocked over by speeding cyclists at the reservoir.

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

Visit the STWDraycote Facebook page or follow @STWDraycote on Twitter to keep up-to-date with activities at Draycote Water. Visit www.stwater.co.uk/my-severn-trent/our-visitor-sites/draycote-water for more information on Draycote Water.

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