There's already plenty of room for cyclists and walkers!
I was under the impression that the navicable canal width wasn't able to be changed ?
So how are C&RT able to reduce the width ?
Thus enabling cyclist (who as far as I'm aware contribute nothing towards the canals & towpaths) carte blanche to continue cycling at 15-15 mph through a tunnel !
I'm sorry but if anything it should be narrowed forcing cyclists to dismount & walk ... apA lot of cyclist already think the tow path is for their own private use hurling verbal abuse at anyone who happens to be walking along.
Instead of spending money on widening the path, I feel that money could be better spent on signage educating cyclists about protocol on cycling along a "shared" space i.e. Priority - boaters mooring, walkers, joggers & finally cyclists who should ALWAYS have a working bell slow down or dismount where there are quite a few people, this works brilliantly around Chester what's wrong with the rest of the network ...
So just to confirm, no the passage should NOT be widened ...
CRT really need to consider the Heritage aspect more. Before long the canals will be totally unrecognisable as the ones they took over. Birmingham's canals have totally changed since I first board there and while some aspects have improved, all character and uniqueness has been lost. A line needs to be drawn.
Not only that, the impression of the Canal and River Trust under Richard Parry is that private boaters, of whom a higher percentage than ever are paying for a licence, are being marginalised in most media releases in favour of other towpath users.
Reducing Edgbaston Tunnel from 2-way working to one way, bearing in mind the mix of privateers and hirers is liable to cause difficulties. The canal is already in need of dredging and this pinch point will only worsen the situation.
Given that there is an issue with cyclists going to fast, a simple notice for them to dismount and walk through this very short tunnel would be a far better solution than damaging what is an historic piece of engineering. The canal towpath is part of the canal system. I am aware that when I walk on a towpath I am a guest on the system. I have to give way to towing horses, treat moored craft with respect (and not stare in the windows!) and generally behave in a courteous manner. Towpaths are not (in my view) an extention of our road or cycle route network and should never be seen as such.
Why? It's straight, it's well lit, you can see anyone coming, ride through and give way to pedestrians. No need for anything else, no need to widen it either, after all you could get a horse down there.
The towpath is quite wide enough. It would be a complete waste of money to change it.
The main point to consider before changing an historic structure like this tunnel has to be why, and does the benefit out weigh the loss.
The only group to benefit is those who don't want to slow and respect other users, certainly the opposite of drop your pace and share the space, the cost, not the financial, is solely borne by the boaters.
This equation is unbalanced especially when the only tangible benefit is measured mere seconds on a journey of at least fifteen minutes. (An estimate I admit as I don't cycle but assuming starting at gas street and traveling through the tunnel en route to ?) and consequently I for one am opposed to this proposal and sadly reflects the attitude of the city council towards boaters and thier navigational rights
A canal tunnel is, I would have thought, there for the benefit of CANAL users which, to my mind, is surely those who travel On the water! There are roads and footpaths elsewhere for others, this tunnel was constructed for boats! Unless there is an obvious benefit for boaters, there is no reason to alter it. "Hey, why don't we fill in the Canals? They'd be perfect for cycle-paths, and would remove traffic from the roads!" :-S
I understand that this idea is to provide a high speed route for cyclists. Have CRT given up on the idea of canals for everyone including boaters. CRT seem not to have given any thought to the need to inform towpath users about the needs of boaters when mooring their boats alongside a towpath, particularly in high winds. It seems to me that CRT are rapidly turning their backs on boaters in their desire to turn the canals into some sort of water national trust. What next boaters restricted to operating on certain days so that we don't mess up the view for the anglers, cyclists and people who want to turn the towpaths into their vision of paradise.
This is not really about walkers and cyclists
In true it's to enable cyclists to get along the tow path without getting of their bikes
Outrageous leave it alone
This is a monstrous idea. On top of the burden to CRT budgets, it is totally unreasonable for, essentially the boater to pay, through licence/mooring fees, when the cyclists contribute nothing
Why do we need to make cyclists go faster? Surely we need to slow them down. Those walking through would be in danger from speeding cyclists
Cyclists already go too fast, and think thy have he right of way. CRT do put signs up saying "pedestrian priority" when asked, to be fair, but cyclists ignore them and think that ringing a bell gives them right of way.
There are enough things that need doing to the canals already, such as dredging, which will improve things for boaters. Making things worse for boaters is a silly idea.
I am utterly amazed that an organisation strapped of cash and resources can find time to advocate spending time and money on such a complete hair brained scheme. The canals are for all, not just cyclists. narrowing the canal to allow cyclists to go even faster through this tunnel is just wrong, how about making the canal wider in the tunnel so boats can go faster as they pass each other and reduce the risk of collision. A stupid idea, just like widening the tow path...!
Why should we sacrifice our heritage for the cyclists. Do them good to slow down and be polite