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Cycle paths and pedestrians

PUBLISHED: 11:25 20 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 05 July 2010

JOHN Thompson (September 26) states if so many pedestrians fear pavement cyclists why do so many of them walk on cycle paths.

I do a lot of walking round Lowestoft and find that many footpaths are a lot narrower than cycle paths, many footpaths are reduced in width by grass verges and weeds that are spreading across the pavements which I try not to walk on as invariably they are used by dogs as toilets.

JOHN Thompson (September 26) states if so many pedestrians fear pavement cyclists why do so many of them walk on cycle paths.

I do a lot of walking round Lowestoft and find that many footpaths are a lot narrower than cycle paths, many footpaths are reduced in width by grass verges and weeds that are spreading across the pavements which I try not to walk on as invariably they are used by dogs as toilets. Also quite a few hedges and shrubs are protruding over pavements, thus one is reduced to walking single file and ducking and diving to avoid being lashed in the face, or having ones arms scratched. Even the fence by the building works outside B&Q leans over the pavement and makes it narrower, thus causing pedestrians to walk on cycle paths, which always seem to me to be wider than the pedestrian paths.

I often walk with my granddaughter, another adult and like to talk with her as we go along, but in many places, because of the width of the pavements and the many cars that are parked half on and half off the pavement, we have to walk in single file. How does one carry on a conversation with someone who has to walk behind you or are we supposed to walk in silence?

So why not do away with the grass verges and so widen the footpaths for both pedestrians and cyclists and insist householders keep hedges trimmed so that they do not overhang the pavements. If the people who cut the grass verges and leave the grass to clog up the drains could then spend time round the town keeping hedges that overhang pavements trimmed back we would all be a lot happier.

And Mr Thompson will not need to keep us informed about the grievances of cyclists.

JASPER E GREENGRASS

Fern Avenue

Lowestoft

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