mjr wrote: MikeF wrote:
Cugel wrote:....... As various local politicians around the world are begining to realise, there is no reason why publicly-owned & maintained infrastructure should be devoted entirely to one class of citizen .........l
Using that argument there is no reason why motor vehicles shouldn't use pavements.
A hell of a lot of them do, some driving along at speed because they don't want to wait behind someone waiting to turn right
Pavements are not made as suitable ways for cars. Roads, on the other hand, were all originally made for pedestrians, horses and bicycles. The car has annexed the roads not via a legal demarcation but by the terror they induce in anyone walking in the road.........
..........But not everywhere. West Wales has been something of a change to NW England in this respect. Few walk anywhere in NW England when about daily tasks or life, such as shopping. Where we used to live, virtually all would drive 400 yards & back to the Spa shop rather than walk. In West Wales there are dozens walking from the village or town centres back to their houses on the outskirts with the shopping.
On the bike ride yesterday, on the yellow roads through Brechfa Forest and down in the Teifi Valley, me and t'ladywife came across many pedestrians in the roads. Way up in the hilly tops, we came across (on two separate occasions) small groups of mums pushing the babes in prams whilst walking the toddlers and dogs. They were literally miles from the nearest village but were having a good time walking & chatting. No passing car or cyclist tried to run them off the road. In fact, the drivers around here are, for the greatest part, very considerate of others, even we rare cyclists.
But West Wales is old-fashioned and hasn't got the thrusting me-my-I thing now prevalent in mainstream Blighty and it's modern kultures. Civilisation is alive and well out west.