For a long time canal towpaths have accommodated casual cyclists, walkers and anglers in relative harmony. Unfortunately we now have to contend with the militant tendency among cyclists who believe that their rights are superior to those of other users. These are people who use canals not for pleasure but as a convenient transport link.
This letter is a plea to engineers who are engaged in planning cycleways. Cycleways are essentially provided for those who would otherwise use the general highway. The route of a canal towpath is often an easy, cheap option but, please, seek other fully segregated alignments for cycleways so that users of towpaths may continue to enjoy their peaceful recreation.
Keith Noble (M), The Dene, Triangle, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.