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News article created on 5 December 2012

London towpath alternatives proposed for those in a hurry

The Regent’s Canal, which is used by thousands of people every day is very popular with cyclists. Up to 500 per hour can travel through hot spot locations during the daily commute. However the narrow towpath has limited capacity and we're encouraging commuter cyclists to consider taking alternative routes.

To help ease congestion caused by growth in commuter cycling on the towpath we've appointed a strategic cycle routes coordinator. Rosie Tharp, whose post is fully funded by TFL, will work with London boroughs including City of Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Together they will create safer, greener east to west cycle routes as an alternative to the towpath.

Working with local boroughs and cyclists

Rosie says: “London’s canals are havens, a place to slow down and escape the noise of the city. At peak times, however, it gets very busy and some pedestrians and cyclists are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of commuter cyclists. I will be working with local boroughs and cyclists to develop better, safer road routes for commuters so those wanting to go fast have a safe and attractive alternative to the towpath.”

Rosie previously worked for London Cycling Campaign managing the Community Cycling Fund for London that offered small grants to grassroots and community organisations.  Working with over 50 cycling projects a year, Rosie made strong links with LCC local groups, local boroughs and service providers.  An avid cyclist herself, Rosie is committed to improving safety and the commuting experience for cyclists on London’s roads, whilst helping to protect the tranquillity of the Capital’s canals.

Canal & River Trust’s ‘Share the Space’ campaign  encourages people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.