Dual-use path between Abingdon and Drayton.

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    • #3425
      andyh
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      A bus shelter has appeared on the dual-use path between Abingdon and Drayton, near the Morland Gardens estate. I reckon it must represent a dangerous obstruction and requires cyclists/users to pass directly under the bus shelter, which definitely wouldn’t be easy if a number of people be waiting for the bus. I was a fairly regular user of this path prior to the construction of the new Morland Gardens junction, but this bus shelter really shows a lack of thought in the whole process.

      I’ll probably just continue to ignore the dual-use path up to Stonehill lane; which reminds me of a very close pass by a minibus driver through the pinch point just south of Preston Road lights, who pointed to said dual-use path for my benefit…

    • #3426
      GraemeTaylor
      Member

      I noticed the same this morning and was very disappointed about the lack of thought. The path has been barely usable anyway due to overgrowing vegetation, particularly to the South of the new lights, where there is no space for oncoming pedestrians or cyclists to be passed. Now I don’t think I’ll ever use that section, joining the path from Stonehill lane.

    • #3427
      HueyS
      Member

      Andy – Local councils have a Duty of Care to you as a road user, since this dual-use path sounds like an adopted highway for cyclists like you and me, and that Duty of Care should extend here too. However, thus far I’ve only ever heard of councils being in breach in the event of damage to the rider and / or cycle due to defects in the fabric of the road (potholes, potbumps, the usual suspects).

      Persoally, I agree with you in the sense that a little more consideration and planning (perhaps even a H&S Risk Assessment) should have been given prior to the shelter being put up. Under these circumstances, I would also be writing letters / e-mails to the powers that be, making a real “squeaky wheel” of myself until they at least acknowledged my complaint.

      Best of luck – Hugh, Public Health England.

    • #3428
      ChrisProsser
      Member

      For information – There has been lots of discussion about this path on http://www.fixmystreet.com including input from council staff.

    • #3430
      admin
      Member

      Andy – Do you have any photos of the new shelter and the name of the County Councillor for that area? HarBUG can send an email to the County Council to see why they placed this shelter here without any thought about users of the path. Please send info. to web@harbug.org.uk.

    • #3444
      ChrisProsser
      Member
    • #3478
      andyh
      Member

      Some good news. It seems the bus shelter has been now been removed, as I discovered today on the commute in. See fixmystreet for updated images. I wonder if OCC will make any comment on the matter, and the shared use path in general.

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