Kennet and Avon Canal cycle charges-CTC position statement

Steve Swithin of the CTC s Touring Department has issued a Position Statement on the Kennet and Avon Cycle Pass scheme, which came into effect on 1 July. The statement reads

Since 1994, British Waterways has provided free cycle permits, after recognising that 'although a case could be made for charging, enforcement costs make it uneconomic'. This summer, British Waterways announced a charging system for cyclists using the Kennet and Avon Canal, the key features of which are as follows: a 15 annual fee for adults aged 16 and over (12.50 if paid in advance) or a 5 monthly fee for adults (4 in advance). The pass includes: third party insurance, and for adult passes, personal accident cover; supplying the waterways Code for Cyclists and a map showing the lengths of towpaths available; employing two full-time towpath rangers.

The CTC is unable to support the scheme on the following grounds:

The CTC recommends that cyclists using canal towpaths do so at all times in accordance with the British Waterways Code of Conduct for Cyclists.

from CT&C Aug/Sept

Last updated 04 December 2000