PaulOckenden, on 17 May 2011 - 16:19 PM, said:
I thought cycle facilities were a big part of the scheme?
Although having said that, I posted a moan on Facebook at the weekend, after seeing two cyclists riding side by side on a busy road, completely ignoring the perfectly good (and wide) cycle lane just a few yards away. And I got thoroughly jumped on by a couple of very militant cyclists who say they refuse the use cycle lanes and have just as much right to use the road as cars / pedestrians. Which, I suppose is within the letter if not the spirit of our current laws.
If that's the case, I'm not convinced that we should be spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on facilities for cyclists. If they are just going to ride on the road anyway, what's the point of cycle lanes?
I could not agree more. yes, the Station to Ferry Road cycle route was all part of the big, expensive Sustrans scheme (not that cycling that route was ever a problem anyway - until now).
Cyclists not using the cycle ways? Why? presumably because they are often full of debris and go between destinations that no-one really wants to go to. Cycle ways are the money pit scourge of this country. In Guildford we have £100,000 spent on cycle lanes that no-one uses (like up the A3) and tons of state the obvious signage, and silly 6 foot lanes and kerbs full of bushes and litter.
Ironically cycle lanes are one of the things that are part funded by the EU. I just wish we spent money where people want it rather than trying to fix a problem that isn't a problem. No-one desparately needs a cobbled street, and it will take an awful lot of extra coffee customers to recompense for the 6 months of loss of trade to retailers.
maybe we should have a sweepstake on how long before they dig up the cobbles for BT, Gas, water, safety inspection .... I'll say October 2011.