I may have mentioned Claude Avenue before and what needs to happen. How what we ended up with was good, but nobody seems to have considered how a bicycle was supposed to get from the road onto the ramp.
Now the council has a lot of cooks. Some have bigger hats then others, so you can end up getting something right and a month later somebody is pissing in the cooking pot…
So we went from this:
A meeting later we had this:
Last Friday this happened:
After a call to the council, this morning we have this:
So the bollards set at the minimum recommended 1.2m gap by Sustrans have been removed and ones with a 1.05m gap have been installed. These do not meet the Sustrans design standards the Highways states the council adheres to.
The plan is to end up with a guard rail on the footpath set 1/2m from the road running almost the full width of the ramp entrance:
So cyclists can no longer ride onto the ramp directly from the road. Any cyclist coming up the ramp will now have to turn directly into the path of pedestrians and of course it will be their fault.
THIS DESIGN HAPPENED BECAUSE OF COUNCILLORS AND OTHER BUSY BODIES THINKING CYCLISTS MIGHT HIT A CHILD WALKING ALONG THE BRIDGE. WTF IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? THIS IS MONUMENTALLY STUPID AND DANGEROUS.
I refer you back to my original article on what needs to happen but just in case, it really is this simple:
There are so many benefits to this change. Kids are protected along the footpath. The Bus Stop has all cars removed from it. Cyclists have a safe on road to ramp route (Kerb is currently very high).
The council needs to start listening to people it employs. They need to stop building shit and wasting our money. They need to damn well start delivering quality infrastructure.
If they don’t, the Bath Transport strategy is just going to be this thing of high aspirations that get’s blown out of water by councillors meddling in the designs because “y’know…think of the