Few compensation claims for cycle-conscious council

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 August 2014

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CYCLISTS across North Somerset claimed just £390 in compensation from the council in the past five years - a drop in the ocean compared to the £48,402 paid out by Somerset County Council.

North Somerset received claims for incidents due to tree root defects in Weston and a pothole in the carriageway at Long Ashton.

In contrast, Somerset County Council paid out £37,500 for a fractured bone, £10,750 for a prolapsed disc and back abrasions and £152.30 for an injury sustained due to a pothole.

North Somerset’s executive member for transport Elfan Ap Rees said: “Cyclists are particularly vulnerable and we are doing our best to make sure we maintain the roads and cycle ways.

“One of the problems we have in North Somerset is cyclists using the road instead of cycle paths that are provided for them.”

The council recently announced a £1.3million grant from the government to improve cycle routes.

Cllr Ap Rees said: “We are spending a lot of money creating new cycle paths and we have funding to take a cycle path from the River Axe to Brean.”

The council is also looking at paths from Yatton to Clevedon and Clevedon to Weston.

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