Category Archives: Inclusivity

Mobility and bikes

I do not want to take anything away from this article, so here it is

http://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/mobility-and-my-bike/

What I will say is that the BaNES council utterly fails to recognise that electric bicycles and particularly electric tricycles enable many people with sever walking issues the freedom to live easily within cities and towns. Many find that this form of transport has a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

Yet for years we have asked the council to remove bollard formations that limit access. Currently if you are using a wider eTrike, the Two Tunnels and the Bath To Bristol Cycle Path are off limits.

Spacing is important. Any barrier must enable a 1.2m wide x 2.8m long mobility vehicle through.

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That includes wheelchair trikes:

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Cycle Bath even went to the trouble of identifying the points where problems exist (the connections marked with a red dot) on the Bath Cycle Map

Bath Cycle Network Quality Map

Many of the issues on the Two Tunnels Linear Park are simply a padlock key and removal of a couple of bollards away from being accessible.

Read the article, understand that putting barriers in to ‘slow down cyclists’ probably goes against the 2010 Equalities act. You might as well put up signs “No Disabled Access” signs all over the place.

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