Pedestrian Safety on Towpaths and other rights of way

The request was refused by Canal & River Trust.

Dear Canal & River Trust,

Please provide the following:

1.) All data, information, surveys and communications (hand written, electronically produced, email, sms and telephone conversations and meeting minutes as well as other notes exchanged within CRT or with external bodies and organisations) used in the decision to allow use of towpaths and other CRT rights of ways to bicycles.

2.) Copies of risk assessments of the use of towpaths and other CRT rights of way where this use is by bicycles and pedrestrians (and any specific risks that may be applicable to sight, hearing and mobility impaired pedestrains) and where the two are not contained within separated pathways / carriageways from each other.

3.) The means by which accidents between cyclists and pedestrians on CRT property is recorded and monitored and summary information by year from 2009 (by your previous body British Waterways. If this information does not exist please state this and use the CRT transfer of undertaking date as the start date for the data) to 2014 of;

The number of accidents (and if possible by injury category) involving the collision of:
a.) Pedestrians and Cyclists.
b.) Cyclists and other cyclists.
c.) Single Cyclist only with CRT assests.
d.) CRT employees (pedestrian) and cyclists.
e.) CRT employees (cyclist) and pedestrians.
f.) The number of RIDDOR reportable incidents classified as above and in total.

4.) The amount spent by year on towpath and public right of way maintenance using the start and finish dates as in 3. above.

5.) The amount spent by year on the provision of warning and information signs specifically directed at cyclists informing them of the presence of pedestrains and any speed or other action to take to prevent injury.

6.) Any requirements placed on users of bicycles on CRT towpaths or public rights of ways to ensure collisions or injury does not occur to cyclist or other users of the towpath or public right of way, e.g The requirement to fit and use a working bell and lights, a maximum speed limit?

7.) Are bicycle lights and reflectors (as required by the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations) required when using a bicycle on CRT towpaths and public rights of way. If not what information and assessments were conducted to deem that lights and reflectors make no difference to cyclist and / or pedestrain safety where cyclists and pedestrian may use the same towpaths and public rights of way.

8.) The estimated annual cost of maintenance required, spilt by usual wear and tear to the towpath and public rights of ways* infrastructure caused by:
a.) Vehicle and plant equipment
b.) Pedestrains
c.) Cyclists
d.) Horses
e.) Other

*Where part of this cost is met by a local authority then the amount(s) left to be met by CRT.

Please provide this by waterway or region or such other area of reporting as may be used by CRT but detailing the reporting system and methodology used.

9.) The number of pedestrian and cyclists using CRT towpaths and rights of way annually (using the dates as in 3. above) taken from CRT data collected for the purpose of estimating annual use and a summary of such data.
a.) The total number of estimated pedestrian miles covered annually.
b.) The total number of estimated cycled miles covered annually.

Where this data does not exist please state that it does not exist.

Yours faithfully,

C Marshall

Information Request, Canal & River Trust

Dear Mr Marshall,

Thank you for your e-mail and request for information which we received yesterday, 21 January.

I have considered your request for information below and am writing to let you know that the totality of all the information that you have requested is so very great that the cost of locating, retrieving and extracting all such information will far exceed the appropriate limit provided for under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Where the cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit (£450) we are relieved of our obligation to comply with the request (s.12(1) Freedom of Information Act 2000).

To avoid this from happening please would you reconsider your request below and narrow the scope of it. You can think about doing this by reducing the amount of information you would like to receive, by narrowing the timeframe of your request or by relating the request to a more specific area or, of course, by doing a combination of the these.

Kind regards,

Sarina Young
Customer Service Co-Ordinator
Canal & River Trust | The Kiln | Mather Road | Newark | NG24 1FB | Tel 01636 675 740 | [mobile number]
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Dear Ms. Young,

Further to your response:

I will narrow my request as follows from my original request:

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Yours sincerely,

C Marshall

Information Request, Canal & River Trust

Dear Mr Marshall,

Thank you for your e-mail and for limiting the scope of your original request. Our reply to your limited request is below, I have addressed each question in turn below for clarity:

2.) Copies of risk assessments of the use of towpaths and other CRT rights of way where this use is by bicycles and pedrestrians (and any specific risks that may be applicable to sight, hearing and mobility impaired pedestrains) and where the two are not contained within separated pathways / carriageways from each other.

In order to respond to this request you need to be more specific about the location and timeframe you'd like these risk assessments to cover. As this part of your request stands it is still too wide to enable us to search, locate and retrieve the information you have requested.

4.) The amount spent by year on towpath and public right of way maintenance using the start and finish dates as in 3. above. (2009 to 2014)

This information is published within our annual reports and accounts for these years. Copies are published on our website here: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/publicatio...
The Canal & River Trust Report and Accounts for 2013/14 will also be published here shortly.
If you require more specific information then please let me know which section of towpath you are interested in receiving this information about.

5.) The amount spent by year on the provision of warning and information signs specifically directed at cyclists informing them of the presence of pedestrains and any speed or other action to take to prevent injury.

In order to respond to this request you need to be more specific about the location and timeframe you'd like these risk assessments to cover. As this part of your request stands it is still too wide to enable us to search, locate and retrieve the information you have requested.

6.) Any requirements placed on users of bicycles on CRT towpaths or public rights of ways to ensure collisions or injury does not occur to cyclist or other users of the towpath or public right of way, e.g The requirement to fit and use a working bell and lights, a maximum speed limit?

Whilst we are of the opinion that this request is outside of the current scope of FoI obligation on the Trust, I am pleased to tell you that you will find all the guidance and advice we publish about cycling on our towpaths published on our website here: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do...
Of particular interest will be 'Cycling Hints and Tips' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-v...), 'Share the space, Drop your Pace' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/walking-an...), 'Better Towpaths for Everyone' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/walking-an...), 'Towpath Rangers' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/walking-an...) and we've recently closed a consultation on Sharing Towpaths - the results of which will be published soon here: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/c...

7.) Are bicycle lights and reflectors (as required by the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations) required when using a bicycle on CRT towpaths and public rights of way. If not what information and assessments were conducted to deem that lights and reflectors make no difference to cyclist and / or pedestrain safety where cyclists and pedestrian may use the same towpaths and public rights of way.

Whilst we are of the opinion that this request is outside of the current scope of FoI obligation on the Trust, again, I am pleased to tell you that you will find all the guidance and advice we publish about cycling on our towpaths published on our website here: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do...
Of particular interest will be 'Cycling Hints and Tips' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-v...), 'Share the space, Drop your Pace' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/walking-an...), 'Better Towpaths for Everyone' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/walking-an...), 'Towpath Rangers' (http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/walking-an...) and we've recently closed a consultation on Sharing Towpaths - the results of which will be published soon here: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/c...

9.) The number of pedestrian and cyclists using CRT towpaths and rights of way annually (using the dates as in 3. above) taken from CRT data collected for the purpose of estimating annual use and a summary of such data.
a.) The total number of estimated pedestrian miles covered annually.
b.) The total number of estimated cycled miles covered annually.

We are of the opinion that this part of your request is outside of the current scope of FoI obligation to the trust. However, it is my understanding that we do not record or hold this information.

Kind regards,

Sarina Young
Customer Service Co-Ordinator
Canal & River Trust | The Kiln | Mather Road | Newark | NG24 1FB | Tel 01636 675 740 | [mobile number]
Follow my Blogs and the Canal & River Trust’s Customer Service team on Twitter
Please visit our website to find out more about the Canal & River Trust and download our ‘Shaping our Future’ document on the About Us page.

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