Making cycle paths more accessible

Barriers removed

Nottingham has an ambition to be a cycle city, but we know not all our cycle paths are perfect, and we are always looking for ways to improve. A problem was raised when the rider of a cargo bike was unable to pass a horse stile and motorcycle barrier midway along a bridleway between Woodyard Lane and Wigman Road.

These barriers were put in around 15 years ago, with the purpose of preventing antisocial behaviour and motorcycles along the bridleway. However, these barriers do not meet our current design standards and mean the path is inaccessible for a growing number non-typical or adapted bikes.

Officers from the cycle and rights of way teams have spoken to councillors and the decision has been made to remove these barriers from the bridleway and make easier passage for all.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, Councillor Rosemary Healy, said: “We want all our cycle paths to be as good as they can be. We know there are some historic ones that aren’t quite up to scratch, and we are taking action to rectify this.

“More people cycling, and more inclusive cycling is key to a sustainable transport network, so these barriers do not meet the needs of riders in 2021 and will be removed.

“If path users or residents notice any issues of antisocial behaviour along the route following the removal of the barriers, please report this to the ASB helpline and the police, which will help us decide if any other measures are necessary to keep this path clear for cyclists and pedestrians.”

Barriers on path

Before – barriers made it difficult for cycles to pass.

After – barriers removed, the path has become more accessible.

Barriers removed