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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Councils gone mad :lol: Though in seriousness do we really want these people to be planning this kind of thing.Maybe the planner should need to be a cyclist to better understand what is needed
Job opportunity for someone there :?

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pedestrian-ang ... -lane.html


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:52 pm 
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The last line says just how pointless that thing is :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:04 pm 
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I'd say most of the cycle lanes are pointless, and a waste of councils time and money. Most are half arsed attempts to meet targets, without any thought to if they are worthwhile.

Painting a line barely wide enough for handlebars at the side of the street is not a cycle lane, especially as most cars see it as a parking bay. Cars think they don't then have to give you any room, and it gives a false sense of security to the average cyclist. This is without mentioning that they normally end just before the most dangerous section of road leaving the cyclist to fend for themselves. Personally I ride outside them on the road, as on the highway code it suggests riding a meter from the curb, which puts you about 20 cm outside the "cycle" lane anyway.

If they are going to implement cycle lanes, make them completely separate from the road, and ideally from pedestrians too, as they do in most of Europe. Otherwise don't bother, it's a waste of paint, time and money.

Sorry, rant over

That said, I was impressed mostly with Route 27, the Devon Coast to Coast route.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Don't worry, all the oil will be gone in 50 years time and we'll have the roads to ourselves. :D

I just wonder if I'll still be riding at 94. :?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:55 pm 
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Most of the cycle lanes are not built because they are needed but because the councils get money to build/create them and they then keep most of the money for other things.

They then create stupid isolated pieces of track to make it look like they have spent the money correctly


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 Post subject: Re: giant cycle lane
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:45 pm 
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dyna-ti wrote:
Councils gone mad :lol: Though in seriousness do we really want these people to be planning this kind of thing.Maybe the planner should need to be a cyclist to better understand what is needed
Job opportunity for someone there :?

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pedestrian-ang ... -lane.html


I think it's genius planning - folks are getting fatter cyclists are no different


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