Re: City centre cycling ban
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:37pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote: You are entitled to your opinion that City Walls Road and Deansway are "safe and rideable", but it's not one I share, nor is it that of a couple of people I know who spend their time actively campaigning for better cycling conditions in Worcester.
You don't mention how often you have cycled on City Walls road or Deansway.
I will stick with my opinion and I'm sure you will stick with yours.
I started campaigning for cycling facilities in Worcester in 1985, Sabrina Bridge I count as one of my achievements .
Unfortunately local Cycling campaigners are self-elected, they often claim to represent specific groups or organisations but I've not come across any election or nomination process, nor an vetting or Quality Assurance. The reasons they get involved are many faceted but none of them seem to canvas local cyclists opinion well, and if they do, tend to argue their own view point (much like this forum )
Whilst well meaning, (I would not dissuade them from the work they do, I was one of them for many years) their opinions are not balanced (mine wasn't, I just wanted safe routes for me to get to work)
Only yesterday I asked the 'main man' in Worcester what his campaign for driver education was. (After we had been through the extensive list of cycle infrastructure, which will be much the same in 10 years time) The only thing he could come up with was the 1.5 m mat purchased for the Safer Roads Partnership with no information if it would be used or not.
Educate cyclists to ride safely and they will tackle the majority of Worcester City roads, drivers will be more aware of cyclists and behave better.
Take cyclist off the road and the reverse is true.