The first in a regular Friday feature, detailing pisspoor cycling infrastructure where I live. Hopefully it will be worth a good chuckle, if nothing else.
Here we see a half-decent shared use path – which provides a shortcut across a park -being abruptly terminated, just as it meets a quiet residential road. Just in case any person on a bicycle might actually want to continue cycling on to the road itself, the local council have helpfully decided to stop such nonsense by the quintuple-whammy of
- The ubiquitous ‘CYCLISTS DISMOUNT’ sign
- ‘END’ painted on the path
- Barriers contructed across the path
- No path leading directly on to the road
- Unrestricted car parking, where the path would naturally emerge
To me, this is clear evidence that West Sussex County Council do not have a clue. They do not know what it should be like to ride a bicycle as a means of urban transport. They think bicycles are just a ‘leisure’ activity, and that it therefore doesn’t matter when you put ill-thought-out impediments in their way, like in this example.
Well, crap like this has got to stop. Cycling will remain nothing more than a leisure activity if cycle infrastructure continues to be built like this.
This doesn’t have to be about whether you think cycle paths are generally a good idea or not – whatever your perspective, this one is actually rather useful, giving cyclists a quiet, shortcut route across a park. It’s about getting it done properly, rather than without any thought or consideration.