Paddington Basin cycling ban lifted

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The canals and parks are the answer for anyone who wants a relaxing, motor-traffic-free ride in Westminster. The Central London Grid proposals may even solve the longstanding barriers of Blomfield Road and Delamere Terrace on the Grand Union Canal. But there is another fly in the ointment: the cycling ban on the Paddington Basin towpath. 

The towpath runs southward from Little Venice, passes Paddington Station's new northern entrance, passes some hospital 'Portakabins' and links to London Street, which crosses Praed Street. As part of the Crossrail project a new public realm area was unveiled outside Paddington Station's northern entrance in July 2013, including a modest amount of cycling parking to complement the existing provision underneath Bishop's Bridge and on platforms 8/9.

But on the section of towpath between Paddington Station's northern entrance and London Street, there were two of these cycling ban signs (one of these silver-coloured signs is also visible in the photo above):

Now for the good news! In late 2013 the silver-coloured signs were replaced by the black-coloured signs below. We owe thanks to Merchant Square Estates for lifting the cycling ban. They lease the Paddington Basin towpath from the Canal & River Trust.

This post was edited by Westminster Cycling Campaign at 6:26pm 3 May 2016.

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