RESIDENTS say speeding groups of cyclists on paths are causing a safety risk to walkers.
Cyclists, dog-walkers and pedestrians using the Wales Coastal Path which runs along the River Dee and connects to Saltney Ferry footbridge are being blighted by large groups of speeding cyclists, it has been claimed.
Dog walker Tom Morgan from Saltney Ferry said the dangerous behaviour of some pedallers was risking the safety of other path users near the footbridge.
“When they’re in these clubs, there’s dozens and dozens of them coming past like it’s the Tour de France,” he said.
Joyce Dodd, who lives next to the path near the end of the footbridge, said some cyclists seemed to be racing as quickly as possible.
“They might slow down when they get to the barrier but a couple of feet past it, they’re racing again,” she said.
“They come really fast. And it’s the speed that’s causing the problem.
“It would be nice if we could have something to warn cyclists they’re approaching a residential area where there might be children playing.”
She said speed bumps which had been introduced on some paths in Wirral were another possibility. Sealand Community Council clerk Peter Richmond, who has cycled for 40 years, agreed some cyclists ride dangerously.
“Most cyclists slow down if they see someone,” he said.
“But there are some who don’t understand the concept of slowing down.”
The so-called ‘Bradley Wiggins effect’ had increased the number of cyclists taking to the footpath, as well as the improved cycling network in general. But Mr Richmond said he was unsure signs were the answer.
“I don’t know what you’d put on the sign. And the ones who just put their heads down wouldn’t see them anyway. You’ve just got to respect others and act with a due sense of safety.”
Neal Cockerton, Flintshire’s head of assets and transportation, said that in light of the concerns raised, council officers would monitor the situation “and will arrange for a number of ‘Care and Share’ signs to be put in place to remind cyclists that the cycle path is also used by pedestrians.