Towpath Cycling Tweets 2016
This is a record of ALL the 2016 tweets I can find re issues with towpath cycling.
I have tried to put it in exact date order. Twitter doesnt make it that easy!
There are complaints all over the world, even China, the US, France, Ireland etc. As far as I know these are all UK towpaths – a couple of tweets re Belfast’s Lagan Canal are included because of injuries…
CRT claim only one incident during 2016 led to an injury (see extract below from CRT’s page.) Reading these tweets one will find injuries are a few more than CRT’s claim.
There’s one tweet from Ottawa (the Rideau Canal) I make no apologies for including it, because it has a very important message…. clearly the two tings is contentious because some want cyclists to use it, others (like my self dont want this ding-along crap) and even though cyclists do use it quite sensibly at times, it doesnt avoid accidents especially when the towpath user is deaf, blind, has a buggy/children or is disabled.
I love the guy who says “I am trying to raise awareness of the towpath as a cycle highway.” That’s what it’s all about – a fully fledged cycle motorway! Clearly tranquil towpaths neither desired nor preferred!
— Lewis Greener (@damnson) January 4, 2016
Statistically, the murder I am most likely to commit is pushing a cyclist into the canal #eastlondon
— Victoria Gray (@vsjgray) January 16, 2016
— Gregg Spasty (@AlbertClaptrap) January 25, 2016
— Adrian, Creighton (@sandpiperj) February 6, 2016
— Liz Evans (@Lizevanslondon) February 8, 2016
— Glen Batten (@GlenBatten1) February 13, 2016
— Alison Smith (@BathAsmith) February 13, 2016
Be careful on the canal side this morning. Very very icy. Cyclist currently awaiting an ambulance after sliding on black ice.
— ★ Nala ★ (@aisfornala) February 25, 2016
@SkyNews I am definitely *not* defending pushing cyclists into the canal but useful if you wd say if it is allowed to cycle on towpath?
— Imelda Finnerty (@blisswords) March 8, 2016
If your going to nearly rash your bike into another cyclist,on narrow path on canal banks, may as well nearly crash into a childhood hero 🙂
— gman (@Twit_On_Twatter) March 8, 2016
@spikeheap I am trying to raise awareness of the towpath as a cycle highway. It is in a bad state, but is well used.
— Tim Pizey (@timPizey) March 10, 2016
Saturday morning coffee and reading @StylistMagazine 'Feeling Prickly?' having just snapped at a canal cyclist ringing bell. Apt.
— Jade Bowyer (@jadebowyer) March 12, 2016
@brapbrapkyle nope, a fellow wobbly cyclist. Goons in neon jackets who aggressively overtake are everywhere on the canal, just fitting in 😉
— Izzy (@isobelburton) March 15, 2016
walked up Maryhill Canal near got ran over by 5 silent speeding cyclist and the sheer amount of dog shit in tied bags is disgusting
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) March 21, 2016
Next cyclist who pings at me even though I'm observing the Highway Code and walking on the right is getting pushed into the canal
— Start Saton? (-1,-1) (@artStuvsSeaton) March 29, 2016
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) March 12, 2016
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) April 14, 2016
Off to visit partner (mown down by cyclist) in hospital. Had to avoid 2 cyclists hurtling along towpath at stupid speed @CanalRiverTrust
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) April 20, 2016
— Rob Greenland (@TheSocBiz) April 22, 2016
Are you a terrible cyclist? Do you have no interest in UK laws or common curtesy? Then come on down to the canal each day & join your mates
— Mark Gristock (@Mark_Gristock) April 26, 2016
Just been abused by idiot towpath cyclist when asked him to slow down. And yes, my partner is still in hospital having been mown down by one
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) April 27, 2016
@CanalRiverTrust I will be visiting my partner in hospital. She was mown down by cyclist on the towpath. He claimed it to be "a cycle path".
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) April 29, 2016
We can only reach our cottage via the towpath-we're on the Grand Union cycle path at Kings Langley and it is dangerous for us and our dogs
— Barbara Beagh (@BBeagh) May 2, 2016
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) May 4, 2016
@JamesFl I've been shouted at by a cyclist on Bridgewater canal towpath before now.
Although most cyclists there are pleasant, to be fair.
— Neil Dymond-Green (@neilrdg) May 5, 2016
— Nick Hanna (@nickhanna2) May 8, 2016
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) May 8, 2016
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) May 10, 2016
Kim, wiped out by cyclist on Lagan towpath. Has to go for 2 operations to insert-remove pins…
— Brian John Spencer (@brianjohnspencr) May 11, 2016
@curiousbunny Only solution is to become a (considerate) towpath cyclist yourself.
— Clare Lissaman (@ClareLissaman) May 17, 2016
some twat of a cyclist nearly knocked me into the canal on my run
— Beth Dewhurst (@bethdewhurstx) May 23, 2016
— Nang Htay Yin (@talk2nang) May 28, 2016
@cordech but the towpath is not cycle infra. It's shared space that serves many groups, some with disabilities and useable ALL year round.
— Adam Reynolds (@awjre) May 31, 2016
I think that @sustrans could make it law that all cyclists on the towpath have a bell. Somebody is going to get hurt. They cycle too fast!!
— Jon Hall (@castlefieldjon) June 6, 2016
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) June 7, 2016
New K&A towpath surface is great to cycle on. Still not sure how safe it will be as a shared space though…
— 🤖 (@Robotroniks) June 8, 2016
— Foodie Adventures (@myfoodventure) June 14, 2016
if one more cyclist tries to run me down on a canal path I'm going to scream "IT'S PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY, I CHECKED THE SIGN TWICE"
— Lex Croucher (@lexcanroar) June 14, 2016
Here we go again @CanalRiverTrust Another Saturday morning trying to keep our animals safe on the cycle track that was once a quiet towpath.
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) June 25, 2016
lol @ that idiot that got his heel ran over by an innocent cyclist; he hit the cyclist,broke his umbrella, then threw it in the canal #petty
— flinders 🐮 (@mickinoelle01) June 20, 2016
Just been cheerily wished a good evening by a passing cyclist on the canal tow path.#PeopleCanBeNice
— Neil Dymond-Green (@neilrdg) June 27, 2016
— West Leeds Riviera (@VisitWestLeeds) July 7, 2016
Nearly fell into Regents canal this afternoon; surprised by a speeding cyclist. Would have been an auspicious beginning to #NCS16.
— Stephanie Trigg (@stephanietrigg) July 10, 2016
@StephenNolan – my dog almost run over by cyclist on towpath and shouted abuse at me for being there!
— JanieB (@Janie607) July 12, 2016
Sashaying along the Regent's Canal towpath is lovely, but a total jogger/cyclist minefield 😳💣 pic.twitter.com/5404B2IdlM
— Johnny Kalifornia (@jkalifornia) July 13, 2016
— Philip Page (@Phil_Page227) July 14, 2016
— alex pyett (@alextaylor82) July 17, 2016
Bad move walking hame along canal.its fucking roasting and I'm gonna deck the next cyclist that bring brings their shitty wee bell at me:-(
— Captain Jamtart (@captainjamtart) July 19, 2016
— Laura Smyth (@laur_pop) July 20, 2016
@WeAreCyclingUK I'm a cyclist but on the towpath they are crazy. A manic girl cycling top speed cycled at me & missed me by an inch today.
— Amanda Souter (@WellsHouseRoad) July 29, 2016
Just heard @CanalRiverTrust…. an elderly neighbour (one of your residents) was pushed into the canal by a passing cyclist on Friday eve.
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) July 31, 2016
@scott1984trader @seanlondonandon …and I am not a fast cyclist by any means. Also, canal towpaths are often terrifying.
— artsyhonker/Kathryn (@artsyhonker) August 3, 2016
The canal towpath where I live has become very dangerous . Cyclist show no respect for walkers dogs or children. Serious accident waiting
— deborah burt (@JusticesDeborah) August 6, 2016
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) August 6, 2016
Which begs the questions, why would anyone choose to cycle on the canal #Towpath when nearby east-west cycle routes are so pleasant to ride.
— Carl (@ChknSndwchCarl) August 11, 2016
if i let a cyclist thru a tunnel on the towpath even tho ive got right of way &they dont thank me all i want to do is push them in the canal
— dog and robot dog (@nods_sagely) August 11, 2016
Really think @hackneycouncil should stop cycling along Regents Canal – witnessed a crash between cyclist & pedestrian. Bikes go too fast.
— Emma Price (@TinyMaster) August 12, 2016
Not many people know what a cycle bell sounds like – had a few rounds of 'guess that sound' with towpath walkers pic.twitter.com/NZP6Dcdk1E
— Pete Ramsey (@PeteRamsey01) August 13, 2016
This walk along the canal might be relaxing if their weren't a fucking cyclist every 3 seconds
— Lukehoostawking 🐼 (@LukeHoosTawking) August 14, 2016
. @Deliveroo_COV rude cyclist on the canal towpath who doesn’t think/care that pedestrians have priority isn’t good for your image
— Gareth S (@GarethCV) August 14, 2016
What concerns me about running on the canal is colliding with a cyclist/tripping up and ending up falling in. I'm convinced it will happen.
— Eve (@Eve_Says_So) August 17, 2016
@AlternativeDfT Which is fair enough. A BIG male cyclist friend had his face rearranged cycling on a London towpath.
— Helen Vecht (@helenvecht) August 20, 2016
Just been hit by a cyclist: his bike ended in the canal. Great to be out walking in the sun
— Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) August 23, 2016
@Rebecca_Gordon nothing worse than running along the canal towpath on the left and a cyclist near wiping you out 😡 🏃🏻
— John Hawryluk (@jbeaton1993) August 23, 2016
Had a cyclist 'brush' by me on the canal last week so yes. Speed also a factor. https://t.co/DL49I3DTqr
— Greg MacEachern (@gmacofglebe) August 24, 2016
Ah, London summer. Never better represented than by the angry face of an entitled cyclist along the Regents Canal. (I am also a cyclist)
— Alice Vincent (@alice_emily) August 27, 2016
Just been whacked on the leg by stone kicked up by speeding towpath cyclist. Any speed is too fast when walkers are around @CanalRiverTrust
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) September 4, 2016
— Only the Tony (@Acripedes) September 5, 2016
It seems the ☀ is shining. It seems once again the cyclist becomes the Apex predator on the towpath. Where there was peace there is now 🚵🚴🚵🚴
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) September 11, 2016
cyclist elbow just caught the my bag and full on came off his bike and ended up in the canal
— roo (@_yeahsure) September 13, 2016
06:30 walking home from work, within a whisker of being taken out by speeding cyclist on towpath. But why should you care @CanalRiverTrust?
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) September 13, 2016
@MaidaValeNews Sorry I don't think there's room for dedicated cycle lane on towpath. Built for horse + bargee. Cyclists-narrow towpath? No.
— Imelda Finnerty (@blisswords) September 14, 2016
My dream in life …a cyclist free canal ………utter wankers !!!!
— Tony Jim (@tonyjevans) September 14, 2016
@vonny_bravo it's a funny old world when I'm on the canal with my dog it's terrifying that roughly 50% off cyclist's want2run us over bams
— coonster🇳🇬 (@Alancooney4) September 19, 2016
— Bethan Jenkins AM/AC (@bethanjenkins) September 20, 2016
— BBC Wales Politics (@WalesPolitics) September 20, 2016
— MaidaValeMuse (@MaidaValeNews) September 22, 2016
A REMINDER TO EVERY CYCLIST ON CANAL WALK THAT: pic.twitter.com/X0Kx9i8ZE4
— melanie vandenbrouck (@m_vandenbrouck) September 24, 2016
Hope the cyclist who collided with my bro, knocking him&his bike in the canal in Nottm&left him with a double arm break is enjoying his week
— Helen Faccio (@Helen_Faccio) October 12, 2016
So, was actually hit by a cyclist on the towpath, walking on the edge & not wandering. Reserves of patience now running low.
— justChris (@astlecw) October 13, 2016
A rude cyclist just bumped into me which made me drop the packet of angel delight I was carrying into the canal. 😔
— ★ Nala ★ (@aisfornala) November 7, 2016
I've been at work since 07:00 and the first thing that happens when I walk home along the towpath? Called "a twat" by a cyclist. Wanker.
— KentishCumbrian (@martinltull) November 13, 2016
— Keith Clark (@ksclark) November 16, 2016
@greydogphoto Some of them think the refurbished canal towpath is a cycle motorway or designated cycle track
— Chris Brown (@erics_collar) November 25, 2016
Walking dogs along the canal tow path, next cyclist that fails to slow down is in for a shock. Weekend cycle fascists everywhere, wankers
— Andrew (@Amc70rfc) December 3, 2016
@nbEpiphanyFor Sadly CRT seem to be prioritising cyclists. They are either naive, foolish or wilfully blind to the resulting problems.
— Jacqueline Brennan (@Jacksters26) December 4, 2016
@nbEpiphanyFor Either way, if it’s me or a cyclist going in the canal it will always be them. I position myself accordingly on the towpath 😄
— Jacqueline Brennan (@Jacksters26) December 4, 2016
The next cyclist to whizz past me on the MediaCity *footbridge* an inch away from me is going in the canal.
— Dave Mountain (@twiddlemeister) December 19, 2016
"Walking canal earlier, cyclist approached from behind, rang bell, I moved to left, we both went on our way" => says no Sustrans story ever
— James Avery (@pedalparity) December 27, 2016