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Wednesday 17 June 2009 10.47am
Ooh I can see this thread has moved on considerably since I last posted.

To clarify for one earlier contributor (name beginnin with z) - I did wheel my bike to Hays Galleria then got back on. I did nothing to upset the guy in the suit who clearly had anger issues I simply cycled past him at slightly faster than walking pace givhing him a wide berth!!

I am a very considerate cyclist and also car driver and pedestrian (often along the South Bank). If the are is particularly crowded with pedestrian then I GET OFF MY BIKE!!

Interestingly and ironically today I was asked to get off at City Hall, which I did. Various pressure groups were demonstrating against the idea of introducing Naked Roads in Exhibition Road where cars, cycles and pedestrian all share the same space.

Will be interesting too see if footage of this shows Boris cycling along the area outside City Hall!!! Which again ironically probably has one of the widest paved areas along the river.

The area I live in (Surrey Quays) has many paths shard between cyclists and pedestrians and there doesn't seem to be a problem. They co-exist quite happily.
Wednesday 17 June 2009 7.52pm
I don't think it was me objecting, just to say!! (there might have been someone else beginning with a Z of course)...I think considerate cyclists can make good use of pavements, it's just that so many people aren't considerate, on bikes and off....
Thursday 18 June 2009 10.52am
No it definitely wasn't you Zoe. Having just read through all the pages of the thread I couldn't be bothered to go back and check who had posted it.
Thursday 18 June 2009 11.44am
Here's the answer to all our problems... effective and artistic...

Cyclists slow down to avoid crater-sized 'hole'

Cyclists were encouraged to slow down thanks to this crater-sized "hole" in the middle of a towpath.

But the hole is an optical illusion, a three-dimensional drawing of a canyon, in an attempt to make careless cyclists hit the brakes rather than ride dangerously and ignore pedestrians.

The pavement art, the work of Joe Hill and Max Lowry, who specialise in three-dimensional images, was commissioned by British Waterways and was installed along the Regent's Canal towpath in Islington, North London.

Mr Hill and Mr Lowry have been working on street art together for around five years.

While cyclists slowed down to avoid the hole, British Waterways staff were there to advise on safe cycling.

The company will keep the image, unveiled to mark national bike week, for use in other areas.

Joseph Young, British Waterways' towpath manager, said: "The majority of cyclists share the space amicably.

"However, there are a handful who refuse to slow down. That's why we commissioned this art - we hope it will shock."

Mr Young, who covers the city's 100 miles of rivers and canals, said; "As a cyclist myself I can definitely say this isn't about trying to restrict access to the towpaths for bikes - it's about appropriateness.

"The towpaths are often narrow and are full of historic furniture such as low bridges, lock landings and bollards, all of which are part of the charm of the canal, but aren't ideal for cyclists who need to get somewhere in a hurry."
Thursday 18 June 2009 1.01pm
Wonderful, a non-confrontational option. However, there's a chance both cyclists and pedestrians will be so distracted they won't look where they're going....
Thursday 18 June 2009 6.19pm
The other good thing about the canals is that they are quite clear that pedestrians have priority and that cyclists are welcome if they respect this. This would help on the South Bank.
Friday 19 June 2009 1.55pm
There is plenty of room for both.
Make the roads less deadly, and the pavements won't be so crowded.
In truth, most people don't even notice cyclists on the pavement without the help of synthetic tabloid outrage.
Friday 19 June 2009 10.56pm
Little Richardjohn wrote:
In truth, most people don't even notice cyclists on the pavement without the help of synthetic tabloid outrage.

You're treading a dangerous path with this line of thinking.
What you seem to be saying is, cyclists have been ignoring the highway code and breaking the law for so long that the public have come to accept it as the norm, and that is the way that you would prefer it to be.
It's not much different to someone who takes a newspaper from the rack outside a shop every day and does not pay for it.
After getting away with it for months, when he's eventually caught he screams that he should not be prosecuted, as no one had taken any notice of his transgressions until someone was synthetically outraged by them.
Sunday 21 June 2009 6.47pm
I think cyclists are an absoulte nightmare, my husband drives buses for a living and the amount that cut him up is unreal. when he uses the horn on the buses they get verbal to him but he cannot respond verbally because if does his job could be at risk.

one time he had to apply the brakes just because one idoitical cyclist parked his bike in front of the bus and my poor husband got really angry but again what can he do, hit the guy and get arrested ???

people think bus driving is easy they need think again its a really stressful job because of maniac cyclists my husband has been in the industry for 15 years and hes had enough because of the rules for cyclists.
Wednesday 24 June 2009 6.57pm
another nickable gadget

pedestrians should customise this to create an exclusion zone of their own - laser wars on the pavement...
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