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Cyclepaths.

These are something that cyclists complain voraciously about, or specifically, the lack thereof.

They complain in the small presses, in the national presses.

So when one is built for them, alongside a dangerous road that, whilst technically is a 30MPH zone, is one that people have done upwards of 60MPH on? A road with no pavements, simply nettle-infested grass verges and ditches?

Do they use it?

Hell as like.

I'm losing count of the amount of cyclists I've seen riding down this road - which, by the way, is only just wide enough for two cars to pass - when there is a SHINY. NEW. CYCLEPATH. It's signposted, even! My gods, is it signposted! You can't move for the amount of Pedestrian/Cyclist signs once you hit the roundabout!

It's a wide cyclepath, even! It's at least the width and a half of a normal English pavement, and it's wider than a lot of the pavements in this town.

And they complained so much about the lack of cycle routes in this town and the surrounding ones. They complained that the bridge built over the railway would be busy so no one could cycle on it. (HAH. We'll ignore the fact that the cycle route beside the narrow route was always designed to carry on over the bridge, it's one of the reasons the application to build was approved! And busy? Can't recall it ever being exactly backed up with traffic and HGVs... Of course, it's only been there for two years. Nooo time at all for one of the major routes out of town, of course.)

And now they have a nice long, wide cyclepath, do they use it?

Hell no. That'd be easy, wouldn't it?

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nothingtoregret
Aug. 20th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Believe me, you have no idea how tempted I am already to kill them myself.

I don't know what it is about a strip of road with no road markings that sends people insane, but the patch of road I'm referring to is relatively short. And yet, despite the 30MPH speed limit sign, people think that a lack of white markings means "do 60 down here!".

Before the pavement / cyclepath was built, I used to work for some of the companies further down the road, and I used to walk home along the road on that narrow stretch. Several people came close to hitting me - one person was so busy both speeding and faffing around with his cellphone that he actually hit the side of my skirt, he was so close. I don't think he noticed.

That footpath / cyclepath made me so very happy that I was no longer taking my life in my hands to get to work. That's why it makes me so angry that people don't use it...

I'll take photos of the road sometime.

...as a random side note, I yelled out the car window to one cyclist on the road, "use the bloody cyclepath!". But now I think about it, what he probably heard was "you bloody psychopath" - which is pretty accurate too.
nohatmatt
Aug. 20th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
The only good thing about it is that it leaves more room for me on the cycle track when I come along. I've been nearly squashed by too many lorries to not use them when they're available.
nothingtoregret
Aug. 20th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Same here, although I'm on foot - but people still persist in even walking down the road. It's... so very clearly signposted. I think some of it is 'village mentality', the same thing that causes people to not indicate when turning off a main road, because they're in their own village and people in it should be psychic, you know?

It's a dangerous road - as I said to, er, Matt, above, I've almost been hit on it before. The new pavement / cyclepath makes me a happy bunny, but seeing people not use it makes me angry. The only thing I can think of is some bizarre and deep-seated grudge against the company I work for who built both it and the bridge, and the company who employed them, that own the land adjacent to it.

Having said all that, I think a certain degree of it is plain stupidity by the people in the village. One guy emailed us asking why the road was closed when they were building the roundabout and preparing to build the bridge; my boss replied that it was regulation because we were using diggers and the like - one road fairly recently at the time had operated on a one-lane closure system, and a digger had swung around, misjudged the distance and hit the side of a bus in the open lane. ...The guy emailed back asking why we couldn't just build a temporary road over the crop field owned by a local farmer that was situated beside the closed road.

And then people wonder why I want to move house.
nohatmatt
Aug. 21st, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Well that's just like when the police close a road. They then have to endure endless people assuming they can go through despite the 'road closed' signs, the police cars, the police officer standing by it and the other police officers investigating an accident and scraping bodies off the tarmac further up. Why?

'But I need to go through here'

*sigh*
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