Val des Terres footpath legal for uphill cycling
SIGNS have been put up in both directions at Le Val des Terres to show that the footpath is now a legal uphill cycle route.
The trial has been launched as part of the States’ Integrated Transport Strategy to provide riders with a safer environment to travel up the steep climb.
Signs have been painted on the pavement and erected on the roadside indicating the cycle path and warning motorists that cyclists, in addition to pedestrians, may be crossing the road to access the path.
‘There aren’t natural overtaking points because of the s-bends and in the past some cyclists may have felt under pressure because of tailbacks in the traffic,’ said Environment & Infrastructure president Barry Brehaut.
‘Cyclists now have the option to come off the main road and that minimises the potential for accidents.’
The footpath is wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists, he said, and cyclists are allowed only to travel uphill on it.
‘One thing it is important to say is that cyclists have every right to remain on the road if they want to,’ he added.