Call for more cycle routes around Bridgwater

Cyclists and councillors celebrate the launch of The Bridgwater Way

Cyclists and councillors celebrate the launch of The Bridgwater Way

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A POLICE crackdown on cyclists illegally riding on pavements has attracted praise and prompted calls for more cycling provision in Bridgwater.

Police have been issuing reminders to people that cycling on the pavement is an offence and that officers can issue on-the-spot fines of £50.

Following a report in the Mercury, reader Frances Pankiewicz said: “This is a real problem, as I discovered when walking from Broadway to the town centre from Morrison’s store.

“There were three separate cyclists on the pavement and they were not small children but people old enough to know better.

“If they want to use the pavements and pedestrian crossings then they should dismount and show consideration for pedestrians. I hope the police do make a point of discouraging this by issuing penalties.”

But another reader, Steph Lord, wrote: “Motor vehicles pose a much higher risk to both pedestrians and cyclists. This is where the police need to concentrate their attention rather than trying to spot cyclists on pavements.”

Chrissie Cattrall, communications officer for The Bridgwater Way project, said there are a range of initiatives which aim to make cycling easier and safer.

She said: “We have heard people are using the pavements but we have cycle and pedestrian routes that are being delivered in south Bridgwater and a range of initiatives to build confidence on the road.

“There are Dr Bike workshops where people can learn how to service their bikes to know they’re safe and cycle training courses for any ability.

“Skyride Local also starts from May 18 on Sundays, where people can follow an instructor along routes.

“Children have also been learning about cycle safety from Bike It officers in schools.”

She added more funding to expand cycle routes is anticipated from developers.

For more information visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk

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4:25pm Tue 6 May 14

smithy99 says...

It won't make a single difference if you put more cycle lanes in.
There is a perfectly good cycle lane on the NDR and people still blantently use the pavement. I suffered a broken arm on a pavement on the NDR because the cyclist was going so fast. The cycle lane was completely empty yet the cyclist preferred to use the pavement and knock me over. Cyclists think they can do whatever they like and disregard the law no matter what. Compulsory insurance for cyclists, a crack down on jumping red lights and flouting the law is what is needed, not wasting money on cycle lanes that are hardly ever used.
It won't make a single difference if you put more cycle lanes in. There is a perfectly good cycle lane on the NDR and people still blantently use the pavement. I suffered a broken arm on a pavement on the NDR because the cyclist was going so fast. The cycle lane was completely empty yet the cyclist preferred to use the pavement and knock me over. Cyclists think they can do whatever they like and disregard the law no matter what. Compulsory insurance for cyclists, a crack down on jumping red lights and flouting the law is what is needed, not wasting money on cycle lanes that are hardly ever used. smithy99
  • Score: -9

5:17pm Tue 6 May 14

twinkles says...

The WHOLE town needs cycle routes, not just Taunton Road.

In the article, you've identified the pavement along Broadway. If my memory serves me correctly, the pavement from St. John Street all the way up to Taunton Road would easily accommodate a cycle path, yet cyclists are still supposed to use the busy A38 / A39 dual carriageway. I'm not doing that when I have my toddler on the back of my bike - no way.

All the money spent on 'The Bridgwater Way', and such an obvious target is completely ignored? It's an easy win, why hasn't it happened yet? Is the attitude 'we already spent 4 million on cycle lanes, we don't need any more'?

I sympathise with the chap above who came off second best against a bike. But it's not all cyclists who behave like that. There are bad people in life all over, some have bikes, some have cars.
The WHOLE town needs cycle routes, not just Taunton Road. In the article, you've identified the pavement along Broadway. If my memory serves me correctly, the pavement from St. John Street all the way up to Taunton Road would easily accommodate a cycle path, yet cyclists are still supposed to use the busy A38 / A39 dual carriageway. I'm not doing that when I have my toddler on the back of my bike - no way. All the money spent on 'The Bridgwater Way', and such an obvious target is completely ignored? It's an easy win, why hasn't it happened yet? Is the attitude 'we already spent 4 million on cycle lanes, we don't need any more'? I sympathise with the chap above who came off second best against a bike. But it's not all cyclists who behave like that. There are bad people in life all over, some have bikes, some have cars. twinkles
  • Score: 8

8:21pm Tue 6 May 14

Only me 123! says...

smithy99 wrote:
It won't make a single difference if you put more cycle lanes in.
There is a perfectly good cycle lane on the NDR and people still blantently use the pavement. I suffered a broken arm on a pavement on the NDR because the cyclist was going so fast. The cycle lane was completely empty yet the cyclist preferred to use the pavement and knock me over. Cyclists think they can do whatever they like and disregard the law no matter what. Compulsory insurance for cyclists, a crack down on jumping red lights and flouting the law is what is needed, not wasting money on cycle lanes that are hardly ever used.
I couldn't have put it better myself.
[quote][p][bold]smithy99[/bold] wrote: It won't make a single difference if you put more cycle lanes in. There is a perfectly good cycle lane on the NDR and people still blantently use the pavement. I suffered a broken arm on a pavement on the NDR because the cyclist was going so fast. The cycle lane was completely empty yet the cyclist preferred to use the pavement and knock me over. Cyclists think they can do whatever they like and disregard the law no matter what. Compulsory insurance for cyclists, a crack down on jumping red lights and flouting the law is what is needed, not wasting money on cycle lanes that are hardly ever used.[/p][/quote]I couldn't have put it better myself. Only me 123!
  • Score: -5

9:37pm Tue 6 May 14

MR.GOF says...

most people who ride on the pavement`s won`t stop for the police to get a 50 pound fine,then what blue light`s to catch the rider?what get`s on my goat is the car driver who thinks it`s ok to park on the pavement, and i have seen a police car drive on by,is this not a 60 pound fine......
friday nights down st john st is madness car`s parked both side`s on d yellows`the list`s goes on....
so the best of luck with this.
most people who ride on the pavement`s won`t stop for the police to get a 50 pound fine,then what blue light`s to catch the rider?what get`s on my goat is the car driver who thinks it`s ok to park on the pavement, and i have seen a police car drive on by,is this not a 60 pound fine...... friday nights down st john st is madness car`s parked both side`s on d yellows`the list`s goes on.... so the best of luck with this. MR.GOF
  • Score: 5

2:19am Wed 7 May 14

Three Pots Derek says...

twinkles wrote:
The WHOLE town needs cycle routes, not just Taunton Road.

In the article, you've identified the pavement along Broadway. If my memory serves me correctly, the pavement from St. John Street all the way up to Taunton Road would easily accommodate a cycle path, yet cyclists are still supposed to use the busy A38 / A39 dual carriageway. I'm not doing that when I have my toddler on the back of my bike - no way.

All the money spent on 'The Bridgwater Way', and such an obvious target is completely ignored? It's an easy win, why hasn't it happened yet? Is the attitude 'we already spent 4 million on cycle lanes, we don't need any more'?

I sympathise with the chap above who came off second best against a bike. But it's not all cyclists who behave like that. There are bad people in life all over, some have bikes, some have cars.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: The WHOLE town needs cycle routes, not just Taunton Road. In the article, you've identified the pavement along Broadway. If my memory serves me correctly, the pavement from St. John Street all the way up to Taunton Road would easily accommodate a cycle path, yet cyclists are still supposed to use the busy A38 / A39 dual carriageway. I'm not doing that when I have my toddler on the back of my bike - no way. All the money spent on 'The Bridgwater Way', and such an obvious target is completely ignored? It's an easy win, why hasn't it happened yet? Is the attitude 'we already spent 4 million on cycle lanes, we don't need any more'? I sympathise with the chap above who came off second best against a bike. But it's not all cyclists who behave like that. There are bad people in life all over, some have bikes, some have cars.[/p][/quote]Well said Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 4

7:42am Thu 8 May 14

RobBW says...

Cycle lanes are a good idea only if they are put in properly. Most of the lanes around town don't actually go anywhere! All that money they spent on the Taunton road stretch! Only goes for a few hundred yards then stops. Cyclists then have to rejoin the road at the most dangerous part..whats the point.
Cranleigh Gardens is another example..it just stops! And the NDR route is ridiculous...The route stops, you have to cross the road to rejoin it and cross the road again a little further down to rejoin it again!! Not surprising then that some cyclists stay on the pavement...not that I agree with it, but you can see why they do it.

Hopefully will be better for some when they actually finish the canal path (If they ever get their butts in gear and get a move on!) The part they have done is difficult to ride on as the top layer has still not been added! I assume they are waiting until they get to the end and do it all in one go...as by the time they do get to the end the start will be worn out!!!
Cycle lanes are a good idea only if they are put in properly. Most of the lanes around town don't actually go anywhere! All that money they spent on the Taunton road stretch! Only goes for a few hundred yards then stops. Cyclists then have to rejoin the road at the most dangerous part..whats the point. Cranleigh Gardens is another example..it just stops! And the NDR route is ridiculous...The route stops, you have to cross the road to rejoin it and cross the road again a little further down to rejoin it again!! Not surprising then that some cyclists stay on the pavement...not that I agree with it, but you can see why they do it. Hopefully will be better for some when they actually finish the canal path (If they ever get their butts in gear and get a move on!) The part they have done is difficult to ride on as the top layer has still not been added! I assume they are waiting until they get to the end and do it all in one go...as by the time they do get to the end the start will be worn out!!! RobBW
  • Score: 8

7:59am Thu 8 May 14

swjoduk says...

twinkles wrote:
The WHOLE town needs cycle routes, not just Taunton Road.

In the article, you've identified the pavement along Broadway. If my memory serves me correctly, the pavement from St. John Street all the way up to Taunton Road would easily accommodate a cycle path, yet cyclists are still supposed to use the busy A38 / A39 dual carriageway. I'm not doing that when I have my toddler on the back of my bike - no way.

All the money spent on 'The Bridgwater Way', and such an obvious target is completely ignored? It's an easy win, why hasn't it happened yet? Is the attitude 'we already spent 4 million on cycle lanes, we don't need any more'?

I sympathise with the chap above who came off second best against a bike. But it's not all cyclists who behave like that. There are bad people in life all over, some have bikes, some have cars.
Well said.

I think the person quoted is talking about St Marys Street inti town from Morrisons.


Trouble is this area needs a cycle crossing and shared routes. If coming from town its not pleasant cycling across Taunton Rd lights and on into Taunton Rd past the garage. Way to many conflicts for a vulnerable rd user. Also peak times there are queues and no space for cyclists. Same coming down Taunton Rd.
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: The WHOLE town needs cycle routes, not just Taunton Road. In the article, you've identified the pavement along Broadway. If my memory serves me correctly, the pavement from St. John Street all the way up to Taunton Road would easily accommodate a cycle path, yet cyclists are still supposed to use the busy A38 / A39 dual carriageway. I'm not doing that when I have my toddler on the back of my bike - no way. All the money spent on 'The Bridgwater Way', and such an obvious target is completely ignored? It's an easy win, why hasn't it happened yet? Is the attitude 'we already spent 4 million on cycle lanes, we don't need any more'? I sympathise with the chap above who came off second best against a bike. But it's not all cyclists who behave like that. There are bad people in life all over, some have bikes, some have cars.[/p][/quote]Well said. I think the person quoted is talking about St Marys Street inti town from Morrisons. Trouble is this area needs a cycle crossing and shared routes. If coming from town its not pleasant cycling across Taunton Rd lights and on into Taunton Rd past the garage. Way to many conflicts for a vulnerable rd user. Also peak times there are queues and no space for cyclists. Same coming down Taunton Rd. swjoduk
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Thu 8 May 14

MBR Extreme says...

Maybe whoever designs these routes should actually ask a cyclist for advice. Also the ridiculous comments about cyclists needing insurance then maybe we should pay less national insurance as we won't need to use the NHS as much as the lazy unfit car drivers.
Maybe whoever designs these routes should actually ask a cyclist for advice. Also the ridiculous comments about cyclists needing insurance then maybe we should pay less national insurance as we won't need to use the NHS as much as the lazy unfit car drivers. MBR Extreme
  • Score: 1

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