pwa wrote:Also , anyone who finds it acceptable to cycle on Public Footpaths must have very low standards when it comes to the acceptable width of shared use paths, unless their Public Footpaths are wider than usual. Most Public Footpaths around here are quite narrow.
Or finds it acceptable to cycle carefully along short cut through paths, some of which are too narrow to get off and push. It's not like you have any more energy as a cyclist than you would as a pedestrian carrying a reasonably heavy bag of shopping.
Those short cuts, whilst technically not permissible, open up a massive array of minor roads which are far more pleasant to cycle on.
The path I taught my kids to cycle on is technically not a bridlepath (at least not as far as the OS maps are concerned) but it is far wider and better surfaced than any shared use path hereabouts. I've never had anyone complain about people cycling on it, even when I was doing speed trials along it on the trike. Lateral visibility is excellent for 20-30 yards on both sides all the way, so there is literally no chance of being surprised by anyone/anything except things overtaking you.
Similarly I used to ride the footpath to the hospital (though that one might be a bridleway, I'm not sure), and the footpath (absolutely not a bridleway) to go to the path beyond.
The 'long way round' is a very long way, and involves a pretty steep hill - to the extent that I now wheelchair that path to the hospital, in preference to driving there, for almost anything I need there. I'd push over for a minor procedure and get collected by car rather than parking for the duration.