A DECISION to make cyclists dismount while using a footpath across Rothay Park in Ambleside has been welcomed by a local campaigner.
Dr David Earnshaw opposed plans by the Lake District National Park Authority and Go Lakes to include the path in a Lakes cycle network.
Park officials said the ‘shared use’ route would provide a safe and effective link for cyclists from the centre of Ambleside to the Under Loughrigg Road.
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This would eventually link to a wider Go Lakes-promoted bike route to Keswick.
However, in a presentation to South Lakeland District Council’s monthly cabinet meeting, Dr Earnshaw claimed cyclists would increase the risk of accidents to other park users.
Afterwards, the cabinet voted unanimously to include the route through the park as part of the cycle route network, but with notices displayed requiring cyclists to dismount while using this section.
Dr Earnshaw told The Westmorland Gazette that it was ‘dangerous’ to allow cyclists to ride along the same routes as pedestrians, especially where children walk and play.
“I’m pleased with the cabinet’s unanimous decision. It will only take a dismounted cyclist two-and-a-half minutes to walk across Rothay Park, ensuring the route is safe for all users.
Dr Earnshaw said he was now campaigning for a similar safety-first approach to a proposed section of the cycle route in Grasmere.