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Cycle Path is not fit for purpose

Reported via desktop in the Cracked or Damaged Road Surface category anonymously at 12:24, Thursday 7 September 2023

Sent to Rutland County Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4968781.

The cycle lane between Barleythorpe and Langham is simply not fit for purpose.

The cycle lane is a shared space in which cyclists and pedestrians come into close contact. This has the potential for accidents. This is exacerbated by the fact that there are no streetlights along this path- meaning collisions are likely. This also raises a big safety issue as the path is effectively not useable for many once it is dark.

There are many overhanging trees which are prone to branches falling. I fear a tree may fall onto the path and road potentially causing a fatal injury when it is next very windy.

The whole path is lumpy/bumpy from tree roots and is falling apart meaning any bike using it could potentially be damaged or riders thrown off their bikes. For walkers this could be a serious trip hazard.

The cycle lane goes over the entrance to Langham Engineering in which cars come in and out of. Cyclists no visibility before reaching this entrance.

The path itself narrows when going into Langham to the point where it is simply not useable for more than one cyclist and remains dangerously close to passing vehicles on the A606, including, a lot of the time, large heavy-goods vehicles and tractors which are wide and may potentially hit someone on the path.

The path bends round at the Burley Road junction which has resulted in many-near collisions as there is no visibility to neither cyclists or pedestrians.

I hope these things can be rectified and the council can eventually invest in sustainable and safe cycling infrastructure. Sadly, I do not feel just illustrating a path as being a 'cycle' path is helpful and in most cases can be just dangerous.

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    Posted by Rutland County Council at 13:55, Thursday 7 September 2023

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