London Towpath Alternatives Proposed for Commuter Cyclists

7th January 2013

The Regent’s Canal, which is used by thousands of people every day is very popular with cyclists. Up to 500 per hour can travel through hot spot locations during the daily commute. However the narrow towpath has limited capacity and Canal & River Trust is encouraging commuter cyclists to consider taking alternative routes.

The trust said the main hotspots for commuter cyclists were westbound routes along the City Road basin in Islington and at Victoria Park during the morning rush hour.

CRT has appointed a strategic cycle routes coordinator. Rosie Tharp, whose post is fully funded by TFL, and will work with London boroughs including City of Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Together they intend to create safer, greener east to west cycle routes as an alternative to the towpath.

Canal & River Trust’s ‘Share the Space, Drop your Pace’ campaign  encourages people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.