Paths’ layout doesn’t seem right to me

Daily Echo: Paths’ layout doesn’t seem right to me Paths’ layout doesn’t seem right to me

I’VE always maintained that if you are going to state your point of view on these pages you should at least try to get your facts straight, and that is what I’ve always tried my best to do. If, however, there comes a time you are proved wrong you should be prepared to admit it.

This happens to be one of those times. D J Cook, in his letter of February 17, was correct in stating there was a cycle lane at the shops in The Avenue, so I must concede on the fact I said the cyclist was wrong in telling the lady driver she was blocking the lane. He was of course absolutely within his rights.

Where I went wrong, of course, was to assume the motorist, Fiona Miller, could see “nothing but a pavement” and knew what she was saying.

What I find strange about this particular stretch of road is that where there is plenty of room on the pavement (from the law courts onward) there is not only a cycle lane on the road (in the bus lane) but also a combined cycle and pedestrian pathway, something I disagree with, and yet when the pavement narrows (at the shops) the two separate into a painted cycle lane and a pedestrian-only pavement.

Surely where there is plenty of room the two paths should be separate, especially as this is given to two-way traffic for cyclists and pedestrians alike, and only when space is limited should they merge, or the cyclist be forced back on the road.

L A O’BEE, Southampton.

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12:31pm Wed 5 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

Good job you are not in charge of town highways then or it would be chaos, why don't you visit said cycle lane around 8 to 10 am and see just how many people cycle along it and how many people are walking quite happily until some selfish motorists decides to spoil it.
Another case of your 2 pence worth on a subject you know little about.
Good job you are not in charge of town highways then or it would be chaos, why don't you visit said cycle lane around 8 to 10 am and see just how many people cycle along it and how many people are walking quite happily until some selfish motorists decides to spoil it. Another case of your 2 pence worth on a subject you know little about. bigfella777
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12:50pm Wed 5 Mar 14

camerajuan says...

LA O'BEE! I agree with things you have said!

"What I find strange about this particular stretch of road is that where there is plenty of room on the pavement (from the law courts onward) there is not only a cycle lane on the road (in the bus lane) but also a combined cycle and pedestrian pathway, something I disagree with, and yet when the pavement narrows (at the shops) the two separate into a painted cycle lane and a pedestrian-only pavement." - This is odd indeed. However I think most Cyclists with road/hybrid bikes or at least a bike with slimline tyres will choose to take the pavement route as that road should be named Pothole Pathway. It's a puncture magnet unless you have chunky tyres or suspension - which most commuters stay clear of as it absorbs power and makes the ride indefinitely slower.

"Surely where there is plenty of room the two paths should be separate, especially as this is given to two-way traffic for cyclists and pedestrians alike, and only when space is limited should they merge, or the cyclist be forced back on the road." - I agree. But as this has not yet been implemented, pedestrians and cyclists alike should be aware of others on this stretch and walk/cycle in a straight line.
LA O'BEE! I agree with things you have said! "What I find strange about this particular stretch of road is that where there is plenty of room on the pavement (from the law courts onward) there is not only a cycle lane on the road (in the bus lane) but also a combined cycle and pedestrian pathway, something I disagree with, and yet when the pavement narrows (at the shops) the two separate into a painted cycle lane and a pedestrian-only pavement." - This is odd indeed. However I think most Cyclists with road/hybrid bikes or at least a bike with slimline tyres will choose to take the pavement route as that road should be named Pothole Pathway. It's a puncture magnet unless you have chunky tyres or suspension - which most commuters stay clear of as it absorbs power and makes the ride indefinitely slower. "Surely where there is plenty of room the two paths should be separate, especially as this is given to two-way traffic for cyclists and pedestrians alike, and only when space is limited should they merge, or the cyclist be forced back on the road." - I agree. But as this has not yet been implemented, pedestrians and cyclists alike should be aware of others on this stretch and walk/cycle in a straight line. camerajuan
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3:59pm Wed 5 Mar 14

downfader says...

Concession accepted. Good points made, too.
Concession accepted. Good points made, too. downfader
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