Cyclist slams 'appalling' state of Bexley cycle path

Cyclist slams 'appalling' state of Bexley cycle path

Neil Jobbins has to fight his way to work through foliage.

A broken fence covers a stretch of the path in Crayford.

When potholes become puddles.

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A cyclist has slammed the "appalling" state of a Bexley cycle path.

Every day Neil Jobbins, 47, makes the 10 mile journey there and back from his home in Hartley to Darent Industrial Park in Erith.

The oil seller usually enjoys making the 50 minute journey each way to work at Fuel Oils, but says in the last two years the state of the path has deteriorated.

The route runs from Dartford through Crayford, swings up towards the Thames by the banks of the River Darent before heading into Erith.

Mr Jobbins claims the going is toughest in Crayford, where brambles reduce the normally 1.2m wide path to 30cm in some places.

The father-of-one told News Shopper: "It’s appalling. The potholes are ridiculous and they are up to 10ins deep in some places.

"When it rains there are puddles everywhere. There are brambles and weeds overgrowing it.

"My bike is adapted for it but anyone else who wanted to use it would be put off so what is the point of putting a cycle path in if you are not going to maintain it?

"There is only one way things are going at the moment and that is the closure of the path.

"I would like to see someone take responsibility for it."

Mr Jobbins says journeys to work like his should be the norm for people living on the outskirts of London but poor maintenance of routes like this is getting in the way.

He said: "Everyone should be cycling to work, whether they live in Dartford and work in Woolwich.

"They should be able to do that and this is the cycle route for it."

The path in Crayford is part of cycling charity Sustrans’ route 1, running all the way from Dover to the Shetland Islands.

Rebecca Jones, South London area manager for Sustrans, said: “We’re aware of the poor condition of this path.

“This has not been helped by the illegal use of motorbikes and quad bikes which has further damaged the route in Crayford.

“We are continuing to work with the police to try and eradicate illegal use here.

“As a charity we have limited resources and unfortunately there is no statutory funding available for maintaining cycle routes, something that we would like to see changed.

“To try and fund maintenance we have bid for various grants in recent years but have not yet been successful in winning funding.

“We will continue to try and gain funding for the route and in the meantime we are working with our dedicated volunteers to cut back vegetation on the route.”

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5:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Bestbaz says...

"When it rains there are puddles everywhere."
What do you expect, gold dust ? And to expect everyone to cycle to work is very narrow minded, some are not physically able, or work too far away. And that fallen fence, maybe that blew down yesterday in the high winds, like so many other fences did,

However, in support of cyclists, cycle routes in the UK are far behind what you can find in Europe, in particular Holland and Germany.
"When it rains there are puddles everywhere." What do you expect, gold dust ? And to expect everyone to cycle to work is very narrow minded, some are not physically able, or work too far away. And that fallen fence, maybe that blew down yesterday in the high winds, like so many other fences did, However, in support of cyclists, cycle routes in the UK are far behind what you can find in Europe, in particular Holland and Germany. Bestbaz
  • Score: 5

11:32pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dean ambrose says...

not as bad as the state of his shorts
not as bad as the state of his shorts Dean ambrose
  • Score: -7

8:24am Tue 12 Aug 14

Toolbox69 says...

Maybe cyclists would like to chip in to maintain cycle paths.

I prefer my car but have to say I object to the contribution I make for the upkeep of the roads. I should be able to use them for free.
Maybe cyclists would like to chip in to maintain cycle paths. I prefer my car but have to say I object to the contribution I make for the upkeep of the roads. I should be able to use them for free. Toolbox69
  • Score: -7

12:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

King Billy says...

Toolbox69 wrote:
Maybe cyclists would like to chip in to maintain cycle paths.

I prefer my car but have to say I object to the contribution I make for the upkeep of the roads. I should be able to use them for free.
Think cyclists don't want to pay for anything. If they had their way they would have the Government and Councils pay for their bikes. Also if the roads and paths are unusable they can always cycle on the pavements. Sorry, they do that already and have no consideration for pedestrians. I sound callous but I will have no sympathy for cyclists until they all follow the higway code e.g. don't cycle on the pavement; don't go through red traffic lights; and don't cycle the wrong way down one-way streets.
[quote][p][bold]Toolbox69[/bold] wrote: Maybe cyclists would like to chip in to maintain cycle paths. I prefer my car but have to say I object to the contribution I make for the upkeep of the roads. I should be able to use them for free.[/p][/quote]Think cyclists don't want to pay for anything. If they had their way they would have the Government and Councils pay for their bikes. Also if the roads and paths are unusable they can always cycle on the pavements. Sorry, they do that already and have no consideration for pedestrians. I sound callous but I will have no sympathy for cyclists until they all follow the higway code e.g. don't cycle on the pavement; don't go through red traffic lights; and don't cycle the wrong way down one-way streets. King Billy
  • Score: -6

3:14pm Wed 13 Aug 14

susanbarnett says...

Give that man a break. I think it is right that the council should maintain areas like that. As a walker I find many paths and areas in this state (potholes and over grown hedges) its not nice. Also dog poo is not nice either which I also find on my walks. If they want the public to get fit make the areas nice
Give that man a break. I think it is right that the council should maintain areas like that. As a walker I find many paths and areas in this state (potholes and over grown hedges) its not nice. Also dog poo is not nice either which I also find on my walks. If they want the public to get fit make the areas nice susanbarnett
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Johnd43 says...

Toolbox69 wrote:
Maybe cyclists would like to chip in to maintain cycle paths.

I prefer my car but have to say I object to the contribution I make for the upkeep of the roads. I should be able to use them for free.
I also used this path until the overgrown brambles stated to shred my arms and legs. If the councils want people to use the paths for cycling or walking, (they do take the trouble to signpost them) you would expect them to keep them in a reasonably passable condition. I would rather ride on the marsh than slow down traffic. I would gladly take a cordless hedge trimmer and do it myself - but I suspect I would be prevented for Health and Safety reasons.
[quote][p][bold]Toolbox69[/bold] wrote: Maybe cyclists would like to chip in to maintain cycle paths. I prefer my car but have to say I object to the contribution I make for the upkeep of the roads. I should be able to use them for free.[/p][/quote]I also used this path until the overgrown brambles stated to shred my arms and legs. If the councils want people to use the paths for cycling or walking, (they do take the trouble to signpost them) you would expect them to keep them in a reasonably passable condition. I would rather ride on the marsh than slow down traffic. I would gladly take a cordless hedge trimmer and do it myself - but I suspect I would be prevented for Health and Safety reasons. Johnd43
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ridgeway2 says...

6 cyclists killed in 6 days in London

It is okay to be flippant about this sort of matter, but there is a more serious side as can be seen from the above headline.
The more journeys that can be taken well away from the traffic the better.
The route 1 that will take you off road from the Jolly Farmers through Erith and right the way up to Woolwich should be a very pleasant ride with views of the Marshes and the Thames along the way.

I sometimes see Cyclotourists fully laden on this path and feel a bit sorry for them. I think these leisure cyclists must be a bit shocked by the state of our infrastructure. At least I know what I am in for so can choose to go the long way round through Slade Green and along the busy Thames Road.
The main point about this path is not the brambles it is the state of the surface. If it rains it becomes muddy so wheels get totally clogged up. This coupled with potholes as deep as 5-10 inches totally covering the narrow path make it very dangerous.
6 cyclists killed in 6 days in London It is okay to be flippant about this sort of matter, but there is a more serious side as can be seen from the above headline. The more journeys that can be taken well away from the traffic the better. The route 1 that will take you off road from the Jolly Farmers through Erith and right the way up to Woolwich should be a very pleasant ride with views of the Marshes and the Thames along the way. I sometimes see Cyclotourists fully laden on this path and feel a bit sorry for them. I think these leisure cyclists must be a bit shocked by the state of our infrastructure. At least I know what I am in for so can choose to go the long way round through Slade Green and along the busy Thames Road. The main point about this path is not the brambles it is the state of the surface. If it rains it becomes muddy so wheels get totally clogged up. This coupled with potholes as deep as 5-10 inches totally covering the narrow path make it very dangerous. ridgeway2
  • Score: 3

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