Chicanes on the Chester Greenway. Why have these been installed?
Over the last year, there have been accidents on the Chester Greenway where people cycling have collided with pedestrians, including children, resulting in injury requiring hospital treatment.
For a week in February we used speed guns on the route and found that the average cycling speed was 16 miles per hour, with many people cycling over 20 miles per hour.
This is a popular path used by people of all abilities, including many local school children and elderly people. Sustrans policy is that anyone who uses our greenway must share the path with care. We have installed signs to urge people to consider other users and have held a number of public engagement events.
While the majority of people on bikes are courteous there are a small but significant number who continue to travel at high speed and do not alert other path users that they are approaching.
After considerable local pressure, Sustrans has agreed to trial accessible chicanes to help tackle this problem and we will be monitoring speeds along the path to check whether they are effective. The chicanes are designed so that people can slow down and freewheel round without getting off their bikes. They are accessible for all users, including wheelchairs, buggies, adapted bicycles and horses.
They are part of a range of measures we are testing with Cheshire West and Chester Council to help encourage everyone to share, respect and enjoy the path and to create a safe and pleasant environment.
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