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Serious side to our canal plunge splash

 
Created on 31/08/2010 @ 09:35
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Following last week’s splash on the local cyclist that went head first into the canal while overtaking his wife, British Waterways has issued a timely reminder to locals.Welshpool Canal
We reported how Marshall Bayliss took the plunge after deciding to try and beat his wife home in the final stretch of a leisurely bike ride. However it resulted in the 68 year-old going head first into the canal!
Unbeknown to Marshall, and a majority of cyclists who use the canal paths regularly, permits should be obtained before using the pathways.
A spokeswoman told us: “For most places on our network, we ask that cyclists obtain a permit - it's also free to download or available from the Tourist Information Centre in Welshpool.
“Cyclists are not breaking the law should they fail to obtain one, but given the multi-use nature of the towpaths, it is useful for all users to be aware of the Waterways Code (pedestrians have priority, dismount under low bridges etc).”
You can download the permit by visiting http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/cycling/permit
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