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Pavement cycling - a different perspective?

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by ufkacbln, 19 Aug 2007.

  1. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    From the Portsmouth News

    This is a fairly common sense view from these two lads, (although I think that claiming there is insufficient room for a cycle path due to illegally parked vehicles is a little rich!) and if it is a busy road is it not appropriate for children of this age to be on the pavement?

    Comments?
     
  2. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Something that always sticks in my mind was when I was 14 and at school a lad was cycling down the same road that I used and 'disappeared' under an artic lorry. Once that happened I always used the footpath along that road.
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    a big bit of 6-foot high northshore above the pavement?
     
  4. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I rode out from Fareham to Wickham and back for the festival the other weekend, with a full camping load, and it is a bit of a busy one. To be honest, I found it more worrying out of town after the motorway bridge.
    The comments about cars are all too typical; pavement cycling is evil, and should be clamped down on, but Real People should be allowed to park.

    Contrast this with Cameron's recent bollocks about all new cycle paths being on pavements.
     
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    The old saying of 'where there's a will there's a way' is true, but for councils and government when it comes to cyclists, there's no will and no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. OP
    OP
    ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    CAn I confess......................

    This is a fast, narrow and very hairy stetch of road.

    There is a short stretch of cycle path by a new roundabout (typical of a new development it stops on their boundary) however as at no point does there appear to be an official termination point I use the "Cycle path" along this road between The Motorway bridge and the top ofthe hill into Wickham.

    "Well Officer it was clearly posted as a cycletrack back there and nothing here says it isn't"
     
  7. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    That slip road from the left by the motorway bridge is bloody scary!
     
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Someone should just introduce them to riding primary position.
     
  9. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    Fareham Borough Council's policy is that cyclists are not allowed on the pavement – even youngsters. Cllr Trott added: 'I appreciate the concerns of cyclists but there is not enough money and not enough space. Pedestrians don't want cyclists to ride on the pavement because of a small minority who do not ride responsibly.'

    and yet....

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/407443.stm

    In a letter to cycling MP Ben Bradshaw Home Office Minister Paul Boateng wrote "The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of the traffic, and who show consideration to other pavement users."

    actually Councillor Trott doesn't make the law. Parliament does.