Bristol Railway Path upgrade

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by captain nemo1701, 12 Sep 2019 at 10:28.

  1. captain nemo1701

    captain nemo1701 Space cadet. Deck 42 Main Engineering.

    Word on the street (as Huggy Bear used to say in the 70's) is that Sustrans have secured cash to upgrade the path with segregation between cyclists & pedestrians but this may involve actual barriers not a bit of paint. I was wondering how this would work if you suddenly needed to swerve around something suddenly blocking you and..crash...straight into a fence?. Also, what about turning off right or left?. I wonder exactly how this would work?.
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  2. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
    I cannot imagine how this might work. Certain busy sections might benefit, I can see, but the path is rather narrow for any physical barrier to be installed.
  3. OP
    captain nemo1701

    captain nemo1701 Space cadet. Deck 42 Main Engineering.

    I think they're doing this because pedestrian groups down in Easton have been especially vocal as it's a school crossing. I think that there used to be a footbridge at this point, now you need to cross the path (down, cross & up again), probably taken out after Beeching axed it in the 60's. In the past, I've seen people down there with speed radar guns. The local rag - Bristol Post - has run articles on it & people always blame cyclists for accidents.

    The only two accidents I've seen here in 10 years commuting both involved people letting their dogs off leads. No mention of wandering in-my-own-world texting pedestrians or people who let their dogs run wild.....Fed up of cyclists getting all the blame.

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  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I read something somewhere about it being an upgrade with a community-led design or some such nonsense.

    If there is segregation, the cycle side still has to be wide enough for all cycling+walking users because walkers will still walk on the cycle side, but cyclists can't use the cycling side legally to avoid them.

    As you say, the Bristol Pest always blames cyclists, even when it's shoot like dogs out of control off leads which is clearly inadvisable and arguably illegal. A few Dutch-style "Dogs On Leads!" signs would be a good first addition IMO.
    (source - copied for the purpose of commentary)
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