recumbentpanda wrote:I am lucky to live close to some very good ( and practically useful ) off road cycle paths. It is very noticeable over the last ten years that there has been a significant increase in people driving to the paths in order to cycle, to the extent that on weekends and in school holidays, parking is becoming an issue.
Does any one agree with me that it is a thoroughly bad thing that cycling becomes a thing like skiing or kayaking, that you have to go somewhere to do, rather than something you do to go somewhere?
Yes. It is a bad thing, but there are worse things. We could be horse riders for instance. I live in an area where horse riding is popular and on many weekends people travel from who knows where in their horse boxes and 4x4s with trailers, clogging up the roads and then clogging up the trails. Or car enthusiasts who drive somewhere so they can go drive nowhere with lots of other people following them. Or a personal pet peeve for me, the leisure flyers. Microlights, small planes and helicopters just killing the planet and destroying the peace and quiet of some lovely countryside so they can see some lovely countryside! They would all face the chopping block before the drive cyclists if I were in charge of the revolution!
Tangled Metal wrote:There's nothing wrong with driving to cycle somewhere. There's many reasons why but tbh why should anyone have to justify their decisions to anyone.
However if you want to know my reasons they include safety for my 5 year old (and when he was younger). Not many off road cycleways nearby. The ones we have we've ridden so many times and even the local ones take time and distance to get to. If you're with a child who only has limited miles in his legs then skipping the closest parts to explore more is needed.
With a young child you have to keep their interest in the activities you like to do. Cycling the same, single off road route from our door we'd soon lose his interest in cycling. It's only the same as walking which we also do by driving places first. Only there's more walking routes from our house.
Any activity we do outside work is about enjoyment and release. Putting restrictions on how we go about our free time could affect that. If shopping is your thing then would you get your fix by going to the village shop or do you need to drive an hour to get to the Trafford Centre? How about holidays? We're an island nation so wherever you are you're not far from the sea, why fly to Spain for a beach holiday? Whatever your leisure activity the likelihood is you'll travel to do it at some point.
There is something wrong with driving to cycle somewhere, and it's called damaging the environment. Restricting peoples choices is going to have to happen if we want to leave behind a planet that will support your grandchildren.
Now I understand completely why some people do it. Especially when it comes to children. I even do it myself on rare occasions, but I at least have the good grace to feel guilty about it and also to wish dearly that it were not so!
brynpoeth wrote:Motor traffic is a curse, there is far too much of it, I hope most forum members agree with me?
Bmblbzzz wrote:Better to cycle without driving but better to drive then ride rather than drive then drive some more.