Thursday 16 April 2009 6.52am
As someone who's just started cycling (I've always been a driver) I've been amazed at how badly cycle routes are treated. There is clearly no planning put into them, they are an afer thought. If we want people to cycle then money has to be spent on them.
I try not to cycle on paths, but it's a challenge, and I can see why people do. For myself, I generally welcome the chance to have a rest as I'm not that fit, but even wheeling my bike past people is difficult, there just isn't enough room.
There is also a problem with bike lanes not being clearly marked. People shout at me on Union Street
when I cycle on the bike lane there, as they think it's pavement. One man, after trying to hit a cyclist with his umbrella who came up fast behind him, then swung it at me (much to my outrage, as you can imagine!!). A bit more effort by the council would help, it only needs a few more signs to stop a lot of aggro and potential danger to pedestrians