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“Give cycling dedicated space”: Readers react after dog walker blames “arrogant” cyclists for shared-use path collision

Bangor dog needs leg amputating after shared-use path collision (screenshot Daily Post video) Cyclists have called for a “mindset shift” when riding on shared-use paths,…

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Bangor dog needs leg amputating after shared-use path collision (screenshot Daily Post video) Cyclists have called for a “mindset shift” when riding on shared-use paths, after a dog’s leg was amputated following a collision involving a bike rider near Bangor in North Wales.

Yesterday we reported (link is external) that Buddy, an 11-year-old springer spaniel, lost a leg after he was struck by a cyclist in Gwynedd. The dog suffered a badly crushed ankle in the incident, which occurred while being walked off-lead on the Ogwen Trail, part of the National Cycle Network’s Route 82.

Bob Hutchinson said a cyclist “zoomed past” before hitting his dog, and questioned the “arrogant” attitude of some cyclists, who he says have made walking on the path “a frightening experience”.

The unfortunate incident has prompted some serious debate in the comments and on social media, as the cycling community attempts to answer the question: how can shared-use paths be made safer for everyone?

Readers were particularly divided over who was responsible for the incident on the Ogwen Trail.

“Dogs should be on leads on a shared path like that for their own protection and that of others, no question,” said Rendel Harris.

“However, looking on Strava I find there is a segment for that section of path, ‘Glasinfryn to Port Penrhym’, in which the KOM is 44km/h, the top eight are all 40 km/h plus, and the top 280 are all 30 km/h plus, so clearly a considerable number of cyclists are indeed being utter tools and […]

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