Notes from Catherine Rowett, former Green Party MEP for East of England and deputy coordinator of the Eastern Region Green Party*(UK). Biographical reflections on life as an MEP. Longer reflections and discussions on issues relating to policy, the good life, justice, equality, anti-austerity economics and the future of the planet. This is also a forum for exchanging ideas on how to tread lightly on the planet and avoid supporting exploitation and corrupt practices. Here we go...

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Things calculated to make a cyclist angry

  1. Putting in a cycle lane but making no provision to discourage motorists from parking in it, even at times of day when children need to ride to school. (Example, Gilbert Road in Cambridge, shown in this picture).
  2. Road signs that assume that the only road users are motorists. This includes signs that say that a road is a dead end, when in fact it is a through route for cyclists, or indeed a recommended route for cyclists to take them off the main roads. (Example: Herbert Street, George Street and Chesterton Hall Crescent all of which are recommended routes for cyclists to get from Chesterton Road to Milton Road avoiding Mitcham's Corner). These photos are from See below for note on my blatant use of copyright material without permission.
  3. Cycle lanes provided where the road is perfectly wide enough anyway, but which come to an end as soon as the road becomes too narrow for a car and a cycle together, or where the road has been made too narrow for that because provision has been made for more lanes for the cars, and none for the bikes.
Example, Maid's Causeway.

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1 comment:

Tiger said...

Thank you, Catherine, for drawing attention to these anomalies.

Since my office moved to Roger Ascham a fortnight ago I've been using the Gilbert Road cycle lanes to get to/from work; and George/Herbert Street (I can never remember which of these parallel streets is which, so I conveniently conflate them in honour of the poet!) forms part of the most convenient route to get into town. One of the problems is that the eastern street of the pair is two-way, but motorists think it's one-way northbound because you can't drive into it from Milton Road – so they think they have a divine right to charge ahead, forcing oncoming southbound cyclists into the wall.