POTD – No Bicycles

(amongst other things)

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  • MP,

    Wish I had a way to send you one of my pics. I took it in the middle of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. There is a bust surrounded by railings. Attached to the railings is a brass plaque which states in both Italian and English that, per Council Ordinance, it is illegal to attach locks to the railings. Needless to say there are hundreds, maybe thousands of locks attached including one that I purchased locally.

  • pippakin

    Keep off signs are always an invitation. Bikes can be a danger they block the pavement and the riders always seem to feel that because they are ‘helping the environment’ everyone else has to help them by anticipating their more dangerous moves and keeping out of their way.

  • Sweeping generalisation much Pippakin?

  • pippakin

    barrymcgee

    Not at all, merely my own experience. I’m sure there are many very careful bike riders I just haven’t come across them on my travels.

  • andnowwhat

    Totally agree with Pippa.

    Bicycles have no place on pavements (except if it is a child cycling of course) for example.Even back in my latter cycling days it was simply not tolerated but it is so common place today.

  • ayeYerMa

    What silly rules. The overweight and obese masses should be encouraged to get on their bikes with all means possible. We are over-dependent on the car in this part of the world, causing pollution, obsesity, congestion, eyesores, inconvenience etc. etc.

    A major advantage to using a bicycle of a primary means of transport is that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of parking and can just chain it to any old railing. I have lived for spells in both Continental Europe and East Asia and in both I was completely in the mainstream by using a bicycle to commute to and from work. In these places bicycles are chained everywhere, cycle lanes are everywhere, and cycle lanes also often go onto the pavement – they are all the better for it.

    In NI I wouldn’t even consider using a bicycle as my primary means of transport – on the roads here it is just FAR too dangerous and attitudes just too anti-cyclist. Cycle lanes that run for 50m and then stop are more dangerous than not having a cycle lane at all. If you are going to do a job then do it properly – we need a complete network of cycle lanes, and we need the cycle lanes to use the pavements when necessary. We need more of a cycle-friendly culture, more encouragement of cyclists to use bells etc. when coming into proximity with pedestrians and more encouragement for motorists to respect cyclists (today in Belfast I witnessed cars parked in cycle lanes, shops placing their advertising signs in cycle lanes, and impatient motorists giving cyclists absolutely no room).

    Sounds to me like Pippakin and andnowwhat are just lazy. Things like clearly marked cycle lanes which even use a section of the pavement and wider acceptance of a cycle-friendly culture give an overall massive benefit to the health of society as a whole.

  • ayeYerMa

    … I also think that many of the rude cyclists that Pippakin talks about are reactionary. Too even SURVIVE and avoid hospital as a cyclist you need to have your wits about you and even be a little bit cheeky as you are really up against an arrogant anti-cyclist car-driving fatass mainstream culture.

  • sonofstrongbow

    Cars are of course responsible for all the world’s ills. Indeed I for one will not be surprised when it becomes clear that News International is in fact controlled by a car.

  • babyface finlayson

    ayeYerMa
    I couldn’t agree more. Half arsed bits of cycle lane willy nilly, or on some broad, relatively quiet, avenue where they are not needed. Its not good.
    As for bikes on the pavement, if I can indulge in whataboutery, I might point out the commonplace car with 2 wheels on pavement. Good luck if you are in a wheelchair, or indeed a pram, which is my preferred mode of travel.
    “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” HG Wells.

  • ayeYerMa

    … and yet more evidence of just how much it is an issue of LIFE AND DEATH SURVIVAL if you are a cyclist in this part of the world designed solely for the arrogant motorist:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-14384225

    Is there any law which states that any new roads MUST have cycle lanes all the way along? If not, why not? Any road undergoing resurfacing should also be required to add cycle lanes too.

  • CharlieMcCarthy29

    Bicyclists do face dangerous situations. There are a number of deaths in my area every year and many others seriously injured by running into thoughtlessly opened car doors. Dedicated bike lanes could only help but in my nearest major city, the Mayor is not only refusing to build lanes, he is even removing some existing ones. They are unfair to motorists, you see.