A lane unfit for cycling

Bar Lane is a beautiful country road just to the south of Horsham, in West Sussex. DSCN9672

It meanders southwards from the village of Copsale through the gently rolling Sussex countryside, besides fields, and past a handful of small cottages. With very little motor traffic, it’s a lovely place to ride a bike.
DSCN9671However, despite the fact that I’ve lived in Horsham most of my life, I’ve only ever ridden down this lane once, and that was to take these pictures, over the weekend.

And that’s for one simple reason – it doesn’t go anywhere. At least, not anywhere I want to ride a bike.

DSCN9670The southern end of Bar Lane meets the A24, a fast dual carriageway which typically carries a high volume of motor traffic. There is no cycle track or pavement here – not even a verge. This is not a place I have ever ridden a bike, because I don’t want to.

So while Bar Lane is useful for driving, if you are on a bike, it effectively has a brick wall built at one end.

I probably won’t cycle down it again, which makes me a bit sad.

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4 Responses to A lane unfit for cycling

  1. You live in W Sussex, live with it! But seriously when I lived in Burgess Hill we had a similar problem with access to NCN Route 20 there was a simple direct route from the town centre to meet up with NCN 20 just north of Hickstead. However this simple direct route involves the unprotected crossing the fast moving traffic on the towns inner ring road Jane Murray Way followed by the joy of crossing the A2300.
    I notice on the latest OS map that there now seems to be a new route incorporating the Triangle Leisure Centre and The Catholic School however this is significantly less direct.

  2. hooksmith says:

    Lovely lane and photographs. Yep this country is pretty car-centric unfortunately. Let’s hope in the future the measure of a strong economy isn’t the number of new cars sold. Certainly with manufacturing of cars in the UK more scarce and most off-shore, the argument for more and more roads will weaken and more and more pedestrian and cycle friendly options and provisions will be incorporated within the existing network. Here in London councils should scale back the parking on the very narrow streets to one side only and restore roads to their primary purpose…though maybe this might make driving more enjoyable……? I can’t believe all the hype new cycling initiatives receive in London only to find half of the lanes obscured by parked cars/ abruptly terminated. Rocket science I know, May petrol prices continue to sore.

  3. Mark Hewitt says:

    Yes. There are countless roads I could point to all over the place which would be otherwise suitable for cycling, but run straight into main roads, or large roundabouts or other junctions, which may well be doable on a bicycle, but not pleasant, so I avoid them.

    It can be frustrating figuring out how to get somewhere by bike that you meet so many ‘brick walls’, so you end up doing the same old routes.

    • Mark Hewitt says:

      In terms of the lane pictured, a shared use path alongside would at least let you get along the road to go somewhere else. Which is why I think ALL A-roads should have cycle paths (not lanes)

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