Cycle path junction is an ‘accident waiting to happen’

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Rat run motorists are putting the lives of cyclists and walkers at risk by driving across busy foot and cycle paths.

Irresponsible drivers are using the footpath connecting Eaton Avenue to Wigan Road in Buckshaw Village as a shortcut.

Danger: A car drives on a cycle path onto Wigan Road in Buckshaw Village

Danger: A car drives on a cycle path onto Wigan Road in Buckshaw Village

There have been several near misses and on one occasion a cyclist was nearly knocked off his bike.

Councillors and residents have expressed fears that it could lead to a tragic accident.

The incidents have been reported to the police.

County and Chorley councillor Mark Perks said: “These incidents are a dangerous practise. I’ve had this reported to me on more than one occasion and it has also happened at other locations on the village.

I think it’s a real concern, my children are taught were to ride safely and walk safely, if people are ignoring the rules then something serious could happen.

Aidy Riggott

“Driving on either a designated footpath or cycle is reckless and by this very fact pedestrians and cyclists are not and will not expect vehicles coming along the same route as themselves. There is always the risk this will lead to a fatality or serious injury.”

Cars were first spotted using the footpath after a serious of roadworks caused heavy traffic in the village.

But now, impatient motorists are using the shortcut on a regular basis.

Similar incidents have previously happened in the village.

In 2013, eight cars drove down a public footpath outside Trinty CE/Methodist Primary School because a lorry was blocking Unity Way.

Resident and parish councillor Aidy Riggott regularly uses the footpath with his young family.

He feels traffic measures to be installed to prevent an accident.

He said: “I’ve had the incidents raised to me a couple of times, the paths are very busy and popular with cyclists and workers in the area.

“There are plans for another warehouse to be built, that will only bring more employment and traffic.

“A simple solution would be to put bollards at the both ends of the footpath.

“I think it’s a real concern, my children are taught were to ride safely and walk safely, if people are ignoring the rules then something serious could happen.”

South Ribble borough councillor Caroline Moon added: “

“We were shocked to hear about a car opting to use the cycleway in order to avoid heavy traffic.

“It is completely unacceptable to take such a risk with safety and endanger the lives of others.

“Having visited the site we are now taking this matter forward and asking that a bollard be installed, similar to that on Bamburgh Avenue, which is in the village, to prevent this happening again in the future”

To see a video of the incident visit www.lep.co.uk