Wirral cycle leaflet may lead to accidents

THE council has issued a pamphlet entitled "Cycle Wirral."

Unfortunately that title is not only incorrect but also it could lead to accidents.

It should read "Walk and Cycle."

The trail is for both walkers and cyclists.

Also the Highway Code makes it clear that cyclists must give way to walkers. Sometimes a cyclist is followed by a dog or dogs running free.

The Highway Code requires that where dogs and cyclists are on the same path, the dogs should be on a lead.

I did once stop a motor cyclist on the Wirral Way. I informed the council and they put up notices stating that motor cyclists were not allowed on the Wirral Way.

I hope that the council will now issue correct information on this matter.

Modern bells are often inaudible on the Wirral Way.

Helpful cyclists shout and tell the walker which side they will use to overtake.

I always thank them.

Tony Baker, West Kirby

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6:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

steady cyclist says...

Without haveing a view of the pamphlet, i have no idea as a cyclist if it is just gramaticlly wrong, or just for cyclists, 2 maps have been issued for quite a while, the Wirral coastal trail booklet, an excellent pocket sized booklet aimed at people who walk and people who cycle, also the excellent travelwise series of maps, covering the whole of what used to be called merseyside now based on the council zones, both are free and easy to read and understand.

BOTH FREE FROM COUNCIL OFFICES.

Both map and booklet cover both roads and shared use paths,eg the wirral way, that we also have to share with horse riders, and their deposits.

As a cyclist when approaching walkers and doggers, i always slow down or shout a hello if they dont appear to hear me, due to their use of a mobile phone or those electrodes embedded in their ears, giving them systematic electronic stimulation to their brains to enable them to keep waling sometimes erractically.

As for dogs on leads, this seems a total optional item to purchase when buying a dog, as few seem to use them,unless theyre the extending type, that cause quite a few accidents to other road users as well as necking the poor animal when the dog goes one side of a post and the doger goes the other.
Without haveing a view of the pamphlet, i have no idea as a cyclist if it is just gramaticlly wrong, or just for cyclists, 2 maps have been issued for quite a while, the Wirral coastal trail booklet, an excellent pocket sized booklet aimed at people who walk and people who cycle, also the excellent travelwise series of maps, covering the whole of what used to be called merseyside now based on the council zones, both are free and easy to read and understand. BOTH FREE FROM COUNCIL OFFICES. Both map and booklet cover both roads and shared use paths,eg the wirral way, that we also have to share with horse riders, and their deposits. As a cyclist when approaching walkers and doggers, i always slow down or shout a hello if they dont appear to hear me, due to their use of a mobile phone or those electrodes embedded in their ears, giving them systematic electronic stimulation to their brains to enable them to keep waling sometimes erractically. As for dogs on leads, this seems a total optional item to purchase when buying a dog, as few seem to use them,unless theyre the extending type, that cause quite a few accidents to other road users as well as necking the poor animal when the dog goes one side of a post and the doger goes the other. steady cyclist

1:15pm Fri 6 Dec 13

fenix uk says...

I love using the Wirral Way - both on foot and bike.
Common sense is the key here - you have to slow down on the bike - and make the walkers aware you are passing - but as walkers are all over the place - there isn't one set side to overtake - usually you just have to go whichever side has more space.

Dogs off leads are a hazard whether I'm cycling or running - it would be much better if they were all kept on short leads - but I guess that's not as much fun for the dog. The extending leads should be banned - that's an excellent way to block an entire path whilst still not having a dog under control.
I love using the Wirral Way - both on foot and bike. Common sense is the key here - you have to slow down on the bike - and make the walkers aware you are passing - but as walkers are all over the place - there isn't one set side to overtake - usually you just have to go whichever side has more space. Dogs off leads are a hazard whether I'm cycling or running - it would be much better if they were all kept on short leads - but I guess that's not as much fun for the dog. The extending leads should be banned - that's an excellent way to block an entire path whilst still not having a dog under control. fenix uk

4:40pm Mon 9 Dec 13

pykey1939 says...

When are these cyclists getting bells fitted ?
When are these cyclists getting bells fitted ? pykey1939

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