Tag Archives: Dangerous infrastructure

Claude Avenue Ramp – BaNES makes the space dangerous

Claude Avenue ramp has been the centre of bollard gate, but more importantly we have discussed it at length as to what needs to happen. In fact, we even suggested a fix for this space that would have given people that cycle a safe road to ramp onboarding point, discouraging them from the necessary pavement cycling, and, more importantly, giving children walking, scooting or cycling off the ramp a really safe protected zone along the bridge using parked cars as a ‘shield’.

We asked for it and were told that because it would require moving existing parking that it would be politically hard to do. Apparently though you can move the bus stop and build a massive bus build out and make this space extremely dangerous.

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Our Transport in their hands and the future is bleak…maybe

We have a problem in England and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. Given the recent Newbridge Park and Ride design, I think we’re pretty much staying still. We are designing roads for cars and then adding on active travel aspects as an afterthought. The fault here is very much at the council officers and not the councillors. Elected representatives come and go. Officers are forever. Officers know this. A lot of transport schemes are 5+ years in the making. It really makes no difference to the officers what the councillors want. In a couple of years they will be gone and a new bunch of councillors will be in. In the meantime the councillors get it in the neck from the voting public. It’s obviously their fault because obviously being elected to office immediately makes you an expert on transport.

The reality is that councils have senior management teams that are paid a LOT of money for their expertise in delivering good transport infrastructure and they are just not up to scratch.

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