Pedestrians should also be encouraged to take more care when using Newbury town centre as well as cyclists and mobility scooters.
That is the view of cycling group West Berkshire Spokes, following on from the announcement of a campaign to urge those riding bikes and using mobility scooters to slow down around pedestrians.
Newbury Town Council has set up its ‘Share the Space’ campaign after reports of pedestrians feeling threatened by speeding cyclists and scooter users.
But Gordon Oliver, speaking on behalf of West Berkshire Spokes, said that the campaign should be altered to ask pedestrians to make sure they are aware of their surroundings as well.
He said: “Spokes believes that there is plenty of space for pedestrians and cyclists to share the streets and, for the most part, the two groups co-exist quite happily.
“This view is supported by the accident records, which show that there has only been one recorded injury resulting from a collision between cyclists and pedestrians in the last five years within the town centre.
“We appreciate that there may have been the occasional incident where the actions of inconsiderate individuals has led to concerns, however it would be unfair to put the blame entirely with those on two wheels.
“Therefore, we would suggest that the campaign be reframed to ask pedestrians as well as cyclists to be aware of those around them and to treat each other with respect.”
The town council is planning to produce 5,000 leaflets to highlight its campaign. One side of the leaflet is aimed at cyclists, and the other at mobility scooters.
It is planned for the leaflets to be handed out as part of a two-day launch of the campaign on June 29 and July 1.
Jo Day, chairman of the council’s pedestrian experience group, has said they have “taken a long time to think about what message we want to give” and that people “will be happy that we’re trying to do something to slow things down a bit”.