pwa wrote:Just to explain things from the other side (as I've done before) A Frames (as they are commonly known) are designed to inhibit motorcycle use whilst allowing bicycles, pushchairs, wheelchairs and most motorised wheelchairs to get through. To work properly they have to be installed correctly, and thet sometimes aren't.
No, to work properly, they have to achieve the logically impossible goal of allowing through 700mm-wide bicycle handlebars and 850mm-wide mobility scooters while blocking motorcycle handlebars that can be as narrow as 520mm.
Those barriers can never work, but so many manufacturers and council officers (and barrier apologists) have invested so much money and reputation in that snake oil that they keep getting used and it's a bugger to get them removed. Point out to the council if they are blocking disabled users from the path and see if any of the local disability groups are willing to help take it forwards. Make a noise in the press. Most councils will fold long before getting taken too far, but it's best done by disabled users or those with children whose trailers get blocked, not just stereotypical cyclists, sadly.
Or you can just do what has happened in some places... and battery angle grinders are getting cheaper every day. Anyone know if the right to clear illegal obstructions from a highway, bridleway or footpath would legitimise such removal by an obstructed user?