I HAVE read with some interest the various articles on the Arden School - Safer routes to school proposals.
Over the last 25 years of living in Knowle, I have used Knowle park for walking my dogs three or four times per day. During the last few years, it has become very noticeable that after the introduction of the new pedestrian footpaths, cycling in the park has increased very considerably, in spite of Solihull bylaws clearly prohibiting it.
The ‘No cycling’ signs originally present at park entrances have either been removed by the path installers or allowed to fall into disrepair to such an extent that many people are now unaware of the ‘no cycling’ law.
Indeed the recent controversy over Arden Safer Routes to School scheme is now taken by some as an indication that cycling is now permitted in the park.
If I am incorrect, can the council please advise when the law was changed and on whose authority.
During the last few years, I have on three occasions been run into by cyclists. In each case the circumstances were that the cyclist approached silently from behind with no warning whatsoever. Injuries have been mostly minor but on one occasion I received torn trousers and a cut leg.
Knowle resident and frequent park user.