Are you sick of slipping on leaves on Dumfries’s flagship cycle paths? Are you avoiding the Caledonian Cycleway and other routes because of the state of the paths? We are, and we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands. We’ve reported the state of the cycle paths (just as we did many times last year, to no avail) but we’re not going to sit back and wait to see whether anything happens. This Sunday, we’re going to gather for a little tour of inspection of the flagship cycle paths of Dumfries and, if they’re still not sorted, we’re going to clear them ourselves.
If you want to help – meet us at the station forecourt at 2pm this Sunday afternoon (8th December).
Bring stout gardening gloves, and any implements that might help leaf removal that you can get your hands on (we appreciate that carrying a broom and/or a shovel might prove tricky on a bike). We’ll be checking the Station path, Caledonian Cycleway, and the Maxwelltown path. If you know of any other problem areas let us know and we’ll try and include them as well.
Leaves on cycle paths are a perennial problem – wet leaves can be as slippery as ice, and are positively lethal once the frost and snow arrive in earnest. Last year, despite repeated reports to the pothole hotline, the Caledonian cycleway was not cleared of fallen leaves at all throughout the winter, making it a real hazard not just to cyclists but to walkers (and even dogs!). Despite writing to all the party leaders we got no response on who (if anyone) was responsible for keeping our pathways clear. We hope that this year will be different and we’ll find the pathways clear – but we’re not prepared this year to sit around and wait until there’s a serious accident.
If you use the route regularly – or have had to avoid it because of the condition it’s in – then please come along and help out. It shouldn’t take long if there are enough of us. And if by some miracle the paths have actually been cleared, then we’ll just go for a nice bike ride instead.