Cyclists urged to slow down after children knocked over at Draycote Water

Draycote Water.

Draycote Water.

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Site rangers at Draycote Water are asking cyclists to keep to the speed limit after two recent incidents where young children were knocked over.

Visitor site supervisor for Severn Trent, Tom Crawford, said: “We want to encourage cyclists and walkers to work together and look out for each other when using the paths to avoid any accidents.

“The speed limit for cyclists is 15 miles per hour. We have a speed limit for the safety of all our visitors but we’ve unfortunately seen two instances recently where children have been knocked over by cyclists who’ve been going too fast and were unable to react quickly enough.

“The last thing we want to do is to start policing the paths, but we want all our visitors to enjoy their visit and have fun safely.”

Tom continued: “It’s a really family friendly environment so children can enjoy all our activities.

“A lot of our visitors take their time walking around, enjoying the facilities and taking their children out on bikes and scooters.

“So, if you’re a cyclist approaching a walker, make sure they know that you’re there – slow down, and sound your bell, that way people aren’t surprised.

“It’s the same if you’re on foot, if you see a cyclist, let them know you’re aware and give them room to pass you.

“We’re all there to enjoy the countryside; we just need to show respect and help to keep each other safe.”