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Sudbury: Fears over ‘free-for-all’ shared cycle path

PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 January 2014

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Councillors have called for action over a cycle path shared by cyclists and pedestrians that has been branded a “free-for-all”.

The path along Cornard Road in Sudbury came into effect in October, although users have been left baffled as cyclists and pedestrians try to navigate their way alongside each other without any clear signage.

A spokesman from the council said the whole point of the path was for pedestrians and cyclists to mix and be more mindful of each other, which prevents accidents in the long term.

Jack Owen, a Sudbury Town and Babergh district councillor, raised the path at Tuesday’s Sudbury Town Council meeting and suggested it was an accident waiting to happen in its current state.

He said: “It’s the cyclists that are actually raising the concerns, not necessarily the pedestrians who are likely to be the people who are affected. Cyclists are concerned there’s going to be an accident down there.

“I’m finding it difficult to see how the situation is going to be reviewed unless an officer or someone from the county is going to be down there occasionally. I’ve never seen an officer down there.

“I’m concerned about the safety. I’ve got to mention it because I don’t want an accident to happen down there and it be the case we haven’t discussed it.”

County councillor John Sayers said he had raised the matter with council officers, but added: “To me it looks a bit of a free-for-all at the moment.”

The cycle route has been introduced thanks to a donation from Sainsbury’s as part of a section 106 agreement – money paid by the company to offset the impact of its supermarket in Cornard Road.

A spokesman from the council said: “It has been proven that by integrating users together within the same space they are encouraged to become more mindful of each other when using the area. This is something this new shared path offers.

“A ‘code of conduct’ poster has been commissioned to provide some guidance on how this facility should be treated. In addition, a safety check is currently being carried out on this facility to identify any potential safety issues.”

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