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Large blunt tree branch at head height on path

Reported via desktop in the Debris in the carriageway category anonymously at 13:36, Wednesday 22 June 2022

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS3615465.

Close to the higher part of the pathway leaving Kidbrooke Pk Rd, before it is rejoined by the slope up from the underpass. There are two big branches ends at head height in the middle of the path which are hidden by other slim branches and leaves. They have been pruned (at head height?!?) in the past so they have very blunt cut ends with comparatively sharp corners. They are a bit thicker than an old fashioned broom handle. I am only 174 cm tall, for scale in the photos and the passer by in the context shot was about 165 but she is a few metres in front of the branch ends. Perhaps the weight of summer growth is pulling down a pruning point that was much higher when cut, but it is definitely dangerous, especially as the ends are hidden at the bottom of overhanging vegetation that looks quite flimsy. You do not expect the bottom of hanging greenery to be hiding a 5cm diameter blunt branch. I was on a bike, but travelling fairly slow as I am a slow cyclist anyway, plus I'd just been at a stop at the road crossing, plus it's a shared path. I hit the crown of my head quite hard, enough to wait for a couple of minutes before getting back on my bike, and it is still bruised and tender 48 hours later. I wasn't being reckless and did duck or perhaps it would hit me in the nose or my eye or worse.

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    State changed to: not TfL’s responsibility

    Posted by TfL at 13:41, Wednesday 22 June 2022

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