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Bath kissing gates cause problems for cyclists

Alison Millar at a kissing gate in Bathford
Alison Millar at one of the kissing gates in Bathford

Three kissing gates are making life difficult for cyclists near Bath according to a local community campaigner.

Alison Millar, who has also spoken out against recent transport plans in the city, said the gates meant cyclists had to "lift their bikes over their heads" in order to get through.

This, she added, was putting some cyclists off from using the route from the railway bridge at Bathford over to the canal path at Bathampton.

"One resident suggested to me that as many as 640 car journeys from Bathford into central Bath could be made by bike if this route was made more accessible," she said.

"This could have a significant effect on traffic entering the city via the congested London Road."

'Privately owned'

Ms Millar wants Bath and North East Somerset Council to make the route more accessible for cyclists, and added that it would "encourage more people to use their cars less".

A council spokeswoman said: "Bath and North East Somerset Council is always open to suggestions about how to improve the cycle network and is willing to meet with local people to discuss their ideas.

"On this particular route, the footpath and kissing gates are privately owned.

"The council understands that the kissing gates are in place to prevent livestock, such as sheep, from escaping from fields onto nearby footpaths and roads."

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