March 07, 2005

Speaking of the Claycroft entrance…

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How do people approach the supposed cycle path that is usally occupied by pedestrians? Ignore it and use the road, which tends to have more pedestrians but is at least wide enough to cycle around them? Is there any point in asking for the signage of this path to be improved?

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  1. I think those signs suggesting that the narrow path is for cycling should be removed. Replaced with "no cycling" signs to dissuade cyclists from using the narrow path – so that pedestrians who are particularly sensitive to cyclists would feel safer using it. Cyclists should use the wide path – obeying the 10 mph suggested limit.

    07 Mar 2005, 17:37

  2. There used to be a cycle lane on the road, however they replaced that with a narrow path for cyclists, and left the road for cars, in an experiment of having the claycroft enterance open for some hours of the day. Pedestrians are supposed to go on a detour round the back of claycroft, which of course no-one does, so it doesn't work at all.

    07 Mar 2005, 21:35

  3. Steve Rumsby

    I tend to agree that the so-called cycle path should probably be retired. I'd forgotten that there used to be a marked cycle path on the road section. Seems like it would be better to return to that arrangement. It would at least then be clear where pedestrians should avoid if they want to stay away from cyclists. The current arrangement is far from ideal for anybody.

    08 Mar 2005, 09:21

  4. Why return the white line? If an incoming cyclist kept to the right of the line there was a hazard if another person was cycling out. Bushes obstructed the view.

    See link for an alternative view on segregation.

    08 Mar 2005, 09:45

  5. Steve Rumsby

    Then put the cyclists on the left of the line, so they can see better!

    I can see the attraction of the "shared space", and making everybody responsible rather than always blaming the pedestrian for "just stepping out". Creating a cycle lane is certainly likely to encourage cyclists to be less forgiving of pedestrians walking on "their" space. I certainly find that situation frustrating myself, and I agree that I shouldn't feel that way. My solution, though, is to avoid cycle paths where possible and use roads. As a cyclist I find sharing space with motor vehicles much more satisfactory that sharing with pedestrians. But that's probably a whole new discussion:-)

    Maybe that means I should stop using the Claycroft entrance!!

    08 Mar 2005, 11:06

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