Safety fears over cycle path on green

�Safety fears have been raised about a proposed cycle route which would run through a green space in Wanstead.

Plans are in the pipeline for a route on the green of Christ Church in Wanstead Place in a bid to promote �cycling in the borough.

But the idea for the new path, which would be funded by Transport for London, was criticised by residents because it would be shared with pedestrians.

Speaking at an area �committee one meeting on �Monday at Wanstead Church School in Church Path, Valerie Sayers, from the Wanstead Society, said: “This is the only place all of us can be assured of our safety and the path cuts right across the middle of the green.

“It is used by mothers pushing prams who want to walk around and chat without �people riding about. Children can also play games without having to worry.

“Will the cyclists give way to us on the path like we do to them on the pavement?”

Mrs Sayers’ concerns were shared by Cllr Alex Wilson who said he was “very reluctant” to have a path across the green. “I personally have a huge deal of sympathy. Near where I work there are areas shared by pedestrians and cyclists and I don’t think it works,” he said.

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Cllr Sue Nolan added: “The two [cyclists and pedestrians] do not marry together.”

Another concern was raised by Cllr Chris Cummins who said the path runs past the front gate of a school and was “sceptical about the benefits” of it.

Resident Gill James urged the councillors to consider the plan insisting there people who would like a path.

She said: “We do want to increase the number of children who cycle to school for health reasons and to lessen the traffic.

“I feel it should be given consideration and suggest you give it a try.

“If it doesn’t work then get rid of it.”

Councillors will set up a meeting to discuss the �matter in more detail.