Bridgwater Police warn cyclists against using pavement

Police warn cyclists against using pavement

Police warn cyclists against using pavement

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CYCLISTS are being reminded that using the pavement is a criminal offence after a pensioner was almost knocked over in Cranleigh Gardens.

Cycling on the pavement (that’s a footway not a footpath) is an offence under Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835, amended in 1888.

Sgt Gary Young, of Bridgwater Police, said: “We recently received a complaint from an elderly man who was almost knocked off the pavement in Cranleigh Gardens.

“We have a lot of cyclists in town and I would remind people that it is illegal to cycle on the pavements, which some people might genuinely not be aware of.

“In most cases, police will issue a fixed penalty notice (on-the-spot fine) of £50. If this is not paid within 28 days it will increase by 50%.

“Individuals can also be reported for summons for the offence which could mean a court appearance.”

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10:18am Mon 28 Apr 14

twinkles says...

SO LAY MORE CYCLE PATHS THEN.

I'm going to keep saying this until my voice is heard. Cycling in and around this town is flat out dangerous. The Bridgwater Way is a positive step, but not by any means a solution.
SO LAY MORE CYCLE PATHS THEN. I'm going to keep saying this until my voice is heard. Cycling in and around this town is flat out dangerous. The Bridgwater Way is a positive step, but not by any means a solution. twinkles
  • Score: 8

10:24am Mon 28 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Only in recent weeks, I was in collision with a Young Lad 13-15, who whilst cycling on the pavement on St John St / Cranliegh Grd's Junction, shot straight off from my Blind Side Left hand side, fortunately for him, I was moving from stop-standing on a green light, so was able to do an emergency stop without causing injury to him. Although my vehicle sustained Minor Damage from his Bikes contact. Had I been coming thro the Lights @ 15-20 mph, the situation could have been more serious. !!!!
Cycling on Pavements, where Not Designated as Cycle Routes, is Crazy, the Worst Offenders are indeed our Posties, when on their way back to the Depot in Friarn st, indeed I was almost knocked over on this same Junction, whilst myself as A pedestrian, going to the Drs in Cranliegh Grd's. The First, didn't Apologise, just rode on, the 2nd one did at least.
Why do the Posties, believe also that they have the Rights to Cycle Down Friarn St against the Traffic Flow, which is a daily occurance, when Leaving the Sorting Depot.
Finally, these Idiots take the Cup !!! Yesterday 3pm from the Pit-Stop @ Mc Donald's, 2 Quad Bikes, decide to do the One Way Circuit around the Town Bridge ! library, Cornhill and either B down Broadway, or around the A route Northgate back to the Pit-Stop Chequered Flag, unfortunate for them after they had wheel spun around every Corner, almost skidding of the Roads onto the Pavements and Pedestrians enjoying the Town Centre in the Sunday Afternoon, this peace and Tranquility spoilt by the Noisy Exhausts of the Quad Bikes. @ Penel Orlieu a Police car emerge from Little St Mary St, to follow them to the West St Lights/ Broadway, where they went towards Durliegh............
.. So now it is not only the Scooters, Hot Hatch's Burning Rubber around the " One Way Race Circuit " now there are 4Wheel Bikes !!
The Police Officer, I spoke to in Morrisons, re this, response, was after, I had said as to what I had witnessed from Sainbury's Petrol Station, Quote " they will probably come Unstuck " , My concern, was more that by Riding these Machines in Excess of 45-50 MPH around the Town, they would lose Control, mount the Pavement and Injure Pedestrians. Spinning and Wheel Sliding all over the Place.
With more injuries sustained than, Cyclists, who are not taking regard to the Highway regulations..
Like the Motorist, that for the Past 10 years, have been able to Race around the Town in their Hot Hatch's with little Action, from the Police to Deter, Such Behaviour !!!!! See the Bridgwater Town Councils Members Views , over the Last Decade, and it is still going on every year !!!! Now Is The Time To Wipe it Out, B 4 They Wipe Some-One Out, with Devastating Circumstances.
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
Only in recent weeks, I was in collision with a Young Lad 13-15, who whilst cycling on the pavement on St John St / Cranliegh Grd's Junction, shot straight off from my Blind Side Left hand side, fortunately for him, I was moving from stop-standing on a green light, so was able to do an emergency stop without causing injury to him. Although my vehicle sustained Minor Damage from his Bikes contact. Had I been coming thro the Lights @ 15-20 mph, the situation could have been more serious. !!!! Cycling on Pavements, where Not Designated as Cycle Routes, is Crazy, the Worst Offenders are indeed our Posties, when on their way back to the Depot in Friarn st, indeed I was almost knocked over on this same Junction, whilst myself as A pedestrian, going to the Drs in Cranliegh Grd's. The First, didn't Apologise, just rode on, the 2nd one did at least. Why do the Posties, believe also that they have the Rights to Cycle Down Friarn St against the Traffic Flow, which is a daily occurance, when Leaving the Sorting Depot. Finally, these Idiots take the Cup !!! Yesterday 3pm from the Pit-Stop @ Mc Donald's, 2 Quad Bikes, decide to do the One Way Circuit around the Town Bridge ! library, Cornhill and either B down Broadway, or around the A route Northgate back to the Pit-Stop Chequered Flag, unfortunate for them after they had wheel spun around every Corner, almost skidding of the Roads onto the Pavements and Pedestrians enjoying the Town Centre in the Sunday Afternoon, this peace and Tranquility spoilt by the Noisy Exhausts of the Quad Bikes. @ Penel Orlieu a Police car emerge from Little St Mary St, to follow them to the West St Lights/ Broadway, where they went towards Durliegh............ .. So now it is not only the Scooters, Hot Hatch's Burning Rubber around the " One Way Race Circuit " now there are 4Wheel Bikes !! The Police Officer, I spoke to in Morrisons, re this, response, was after, I had said as to what I had witnessed from Sainbury's Petrol Station, Quote " they will probably come Unstuck " , My concern, was more that by Riding these Machines in Excess of 45-50 MPH around the Town, they would lose Control, mount the Pavement and Injure Pedestrians. Spinning and Wheel Sliding all over the Place. With more injuries sustained than, Cyclists, who are not taking regard to the Highway regulations.. Like the Motorist, that for the Past 10 years, have been able to Race around the Town in their Hot Hatch's with little Action, from the Police to Deter, Such Behaviour !!!!! See the Bridgwater Town Councils Members Views , over the Last Decade, and it is still going on every year !!!! Now Is The Time To Wipe it Out, B 4 They Wipe Some-One Out, with Devastating Circumstances. David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -9

11:34am Mon 28 Apr 14

twinkles says...

Blue Owl - I'm confused. A person was riding a bike on the pavement, yet you still managed to have a collision with him in your car. Because you're blind in your left eye.

Please, tell us either that your command of the language is incomprehensibly bad, or that you have already surrendered your driving license.
Blue Owl - I'm confused. A person was riding a bike on the pavement, yet you still managed to have a collision with him in your car. Because you're blind in your left eye. Please, tell us either that your command of the language is incomprehensibly bad, or that you have already surrendered your driving license. twinkles
  • Score: 11

11:59am Mon 28 Apr 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Totally agree with twinkles on this one there is a severe lack of safe cycling routes both Bristol Road and Bath Roads are a nightmare and I don't blame cyclists for resorting to the pavements. Improvements have been made to parts of the town and there are some safer routes around the NDR and Taunton Road which are an improvement and must set the example for the rest of the town.
Totally agree with twinkles on this one there is a severe lack of safe cycling routes both Bristol Road and Bath Roads are a nightmare and I don't blame cyclists for resorting to the pavements. Improvements have been made to parts of the town and there are some safer routes around the NDR and Taunton Road which are an improvement and must set the example for the rest of the town. Bridgy old Boy
  • Score: 5

1:04pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MBR Extreme says...

Agreed more cycle routes are needed but please inform pedestrians that cycleroutes are for cyclists, not to walk or run in.
Agreed more cycle routes are needed but please inform pedestrians that cycleroutes are for cyclists, not to walk or run in. MBR Extreme
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Mon 28 Apr 14

swjoduk says...

Agree wholeheartedly with Twinkles.

There needs to be more cycleroutes/cyclepat
hs or shared cycle routes with pedestrians.

The major routes in the town are not a safe environment for cyclists, Taunton Road, Bristol Road, Bath Road, Westonzoyland Road, Quantock Road.

The alternative to cycling along Cranleigh Gardens pavement is a trip along St Johns Street and Broadway both which have areas of two lane of traffic and restricted width lanes particularly St Johns Street.

It is particularly bad for those who are cycling with young children or infant carriers, you cannot blame these people surely?

There also needs to be clearer signing. There is a Toucan (Cyclist and Pedestrians) crossing at Salmon Parade but is it ok to cycle over Broadway Bridge? The signs are not clear but the bridge is wide enough for a shared path. Broadway pavements are wide, 3 - 4m why does SCC not spend a little cash and make these shared or even segregated cycleways? There are some blue cycle signs on St Johns Street (from junction with Broadway), surely this means you can cycle down the left hand pavement as you go towards the station?

All in all Bridgwater needs more cycleways, better signage and people need to wake up and realise that Bridgwater has one of the largest cycling populations in Somerset, if not the SW and make room for them!
Agree wholeheartedly with Twinkles. There needs to be more cycleroutes/cyclepat hs or shared cycle routes with pedestrians. The major routes in the town are not a safe environment for cyclists, Taunton Road, Bristol Road, Bath Road, Westonzoyland Road, Quantock Road. The alternative to cycling along Cranleigh Gardens pavement is a trip along St Johns Street and Broadway both which have areas of two lane of traffic and restricted width lanes particularly St Johns Street. It is particularly bad for those who are cycling with young children or infant carriers, you cannot blame these people surely? There also needs to be clearer signing. There is a Toucan (Cyclist and Pedestrians) crossing at Salmon Parade but is it ok to cycle over Broadway Bridge? The signs are not clear but the bridge is wide enough for a shared path. Broadway pavements are wide, 3 - 4m why does SCC not spend a little cash and make these shared or even segregated cycleways? There are some blue cycle signs on St Johns Street (from junction with Broadway), surely this means you can cycle down the left hand pavement as you go towards the station? All in all Bridgwater needs more cycleways, better signage and people need to wake up and realise that Bridgwater has one of the largest cycling populations in Somerset, if not the SW and make room for them! swjoduk
  • Score: 4

1:29pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MBR Extreme says...

swjoduk wrote:
Agree wholeheartedly with Twinkles.

There needs to be more cycleroutes/cyclepat

hs or shared cycle routes with pedestrians.

The major routes in the town are not a safe environment for cyclists, Taunton Road, Bristol Road, Bath Road, Westonzoyland Road, Quantock Road.

The alternative to cycling along Cranleigh Gardens pavement is a trip along St Johns Street and Broadway both which have areas of two lane of traffic and restricted width lanes particularly St Johns Street.

It is particularly bad for those who are cycling with young children or infant carriers, you cannot blame these people surely?

There also needs to be clearer signing. There is a Toucan (Cyclist and Pedestrians) crossing at Salmon Parade but is it ok to cycle over Broadway Bridge? The signs are not clear but the bridge is wide enough for a shared path. Broadway pavements are wide, 3 - 4m why does SCC not spend a little cash and make these shared or even segregated cycleways? There are some blue cycle signs on St Johns Street (from junction with Broadway), surely this means you can cycle down the left hand pavement as you go towards the station?

All in all Bridgwater needs more cycleways, better signage and people need to wake up and realise that Bridgwater has one of the largest cycling populations in Somerset, if not the SW and make room for them!
Just waiting for the Anti-cycling gang to comment now.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: Agree wholeheartedly with Twinkles. There needs to be more cycleroutes/cyclepat hs or shared cycle routes with pedestrians. The major routes in the town are not a safe environment for cyclists, Taunton Road, Bristol Road, Bath Road, Westonzoyland Road, Quantock Road. The alternative to cycling along Cranleigh Gardens pavement is a trip along St Johns Street and Broadway both which have areas of two lane of traffic and restricted width lanes particularly St Johns Street. It is particularly bad for those who are cycling with young children or infant carriers, you cannot blame these people surely? There also needs to be clearer signing. There is a Toucan (Cyclist and Pedestrians) crossing at Salmon Parade but is it ok to cycle over Broadway Bridge? The signs are not clear but the bridge is wide enough for a shared path. Broadway pavements are wide, 3 - 4m why does SCC not spend a little cash and make these shared or even segregated cycleways? There are some blue cycle signs on St Johns Street (from junction with Broadway), surely this means you can cycle down the left hand pavement as you go towards the station? All in all Bridgwater needs more cycleways, better signage and people need to wake up and realise that Bridgwater has one of the largest cycling populations in Somerset, if not the SW and make room for them![/p][/quote]Just waiting for the Anti-cycling gang to comment now. MBR Extreme
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Mon 28 Apr 14

twinkles says...

...one of them already did, but seems to have gone awfully quiet.
...one of them already did, but seems to have gone awfully quiet. twinkles
  • Score: 2

2:46am Tue 29 Apr 14

Three Pots Derek says...

While I am all in favour of cycle-paths couldsomeone please correct the signs on the new road to Kings Down. I'm sure they are back to front.

And some time ago I mentioned to a young person! (uncouth male) about not to ride on the Town Bridge as there were people walking on both sides and having to go onto the road to aviod him. Only to receive a mouthful of abusive foul language. What is the town coming to?. Some cyclists think they own the pavements
While I am all in favour of cycle-paths couldsomeone please correct the signs on the new road to Kings Down. I'm sure they are back to front. And some time ago I mentioned to a young person! (uncouth male) about not to ride on the Town Bridge as there were people walking on both sides and having to go onto the road to aviod him. Only to receive a mouthful of abusive foul language. What is the town coming to?. Some cyclists think they own the pavements Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 4

10:27am Tue 29 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

twinkles wrote:
...one of them already did, but seems to have gone awfully quiet.
Twinkles, unlike U I have A Life !!! Cannot and do not sit waiting to post a witless response, oh how I wish I was U !! not ?? Full of Satirical Crap, even when I post a Comment, based on Fact, to add to a sensible Debate U have to through your Anul response denigrate it.
As, I have posted B4 re, the Broadway Wide Pavements being suitable for shared Pedestrian / Cyclist usage. No Twinkles, keep up !! not on the same joint space, !!!! But along side. Each Other,Or for you, Mondays -Wednesdays and Fridays, as they do in Ireland, so long as there is not a ' Y ' in the Day ???!!!!!!!
SCC seem not to want to improve the Cycle routes in Bridgwater, despite us having the highest % of Cyclist in Somerset, They have a Massive £4 Million Government Grant to Spend, but Guess what, Not in Bridgwater, but in Taunton , Wellington, and North Petherton..
Just look @ the Shambles re the West Quay Cycle Route, located on the Wrong Side, a£16.000 West Gate, that was installed , but Can not be Closed due to the Cycle Route on the Wrong Side of the Highway. Cllr Call me Brian Smedley and SCC Cllr Harvey Siggs and Cllrs from Taunton, pursuing this Highway Closure without Full and Meaning Consultation, traffic being redirected away from the Eastover towards an already heavily Over used Junctions during rush hour twice a day...
I AM NOT ANTI cyclists, but they must also Cycle in a Manner that allows Pedestrians and Car drivers to negotiate their way around the Town. Without, cyclists disregarding the Highway Code, cycling on and of Pavements, cos they Can !! And the use of Non Lights, especially the Sm Bikes with raised or no seats, which are ridden Recklessly by younger cyclist, these one presumes are Off Road Use ,initially !!!!
If they were made to By law have to have Insurance for their Bikes, maybe they would cycle in a better way.!!
Twinkles !!! Get A Life ?????
What with Freddie, Bridgioldboy and yourself, you should form a Club, if you havn't already. Cos, you are starting to Sound the Same in your Sniping Comments, !!! I Luv It !!!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: ...one of them already did, but seems to have gone awfully quiet.[/p][/quote]Twinkles, unlike U I have A Life !!! Cannot and do not sit waiting to post a witless response, oh how I wish I was U !! not ?? Full of Satirical Crap, even when I post a Comment, based on Fact, to add to a sensible Debate U have to through your Anul response denigrate it. As, I have posted B4 re, the Broadway Wide Pavements being suitable for shared Pedestrian / Cyclist usage. No Twinkles, keep up !! not on the same joint space, !!!! But along side. Each Other,Or for you, Mondays -Wednesdays and Fridays, as they do in Ireland, so long as there is not a ' Y ' in the Day ???!!!!!!! SCC seem not to want to improve the Cycle routes in Bridgwater, despite us having the highest % of Cyclist in Somerset, They have a Massive £4 Million Government Grant to Spend, but Guess what, Not in Bridgwater, but in Taunton , Wellington, and North Petherton.. Just look @ the Shambles re the West Quay Cycle Route, located on the Wrong Side, a£16.000 West Gate, that was installed , but Can not be Closed due to the Cycle Route on the Wrong Side of the Highway. Cllr Call me Brian Smedley and SCC Cllr Harvey Siggs and Cllrs from Taunton, pursuing this Highway Closure without Full and Meaning Consultation, traffic being redirected away from the Eastover towards an already heavily Over used Junctions during rush hour twice a day... I AM NOT ANTI cyclists, but they must also Cycle in a Manner that allows Pedestrians and Car drivers to negotiate their way around the Town. Without, cyclists disregarding the Highway Code, cycling on and of Pavements, cos they Can !! And the use of Non Lights, especially the Sm Bikes with raised or no seats, which are ridden Recklessly by younger cyclist, these one presumes are Off Road Use ,initially !!!! If they were made to By law have to have Insurance for their Bikes, maybe they would cycle in a better way.!! Twinkles !!! Get A Life ????? What with Freddie, Bridgioldboy and yourself, you should form a Club, if you havn't already. Cos, you are starting to Sound the Same in your Sniping Comments, !!! I Luv It !!!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -7

10:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Three Pots Derek wrote:
While I am all in favour of cycle-paths couldsomeone please correct the signs on the new road to Kings Down. I'm sure they are back to front.

And some time ago I mentioned to a young person! (uncouth male) about not to ride on the Town Bridge as there were people walking on both sides and having to go onto the road to aviod him. Only to receive a mouthful of abusive foul language. What is the town coming to?. Some cyclists think they own the pavements
Derek please be very careful, about remonstrating with Cyclist, who are sharing a foot path illegal ( see the latest Police Report, It is illegal to Cycle on pavements !! unless Signed as A Cycleway. )
It was not too long ago than one of our Club Members of the Bath Rd BARFC
Rugby Club, confronted in a similar way, a couple of our Finest Young Citizens, over Cycling in a similar way, only to be Attacked, Punched, the result, he Was Killed, the Perpetrator, though was not charged with Murder or Manslaughter ????? why, you might ask ??? As it was the Pensioners Head hitting the Metal Railway Bridge that Caused the Injuries, that caused His Death. ???? Not the Punch, that caused him to collapse to the Ground...
So, as I will re-iterate, for U who think I am anti cyclist's, I just ask that Cyclist Are Considerate to other Road Users, Car Drivers and Pedestrians.
I am Still awaiting the Meeting With SCC Leader Jon Osman to discuss theses and other points with him , raised in January. But, understand that other matters needed priority first to be Dealt with ie Flooding Issues !!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]Three Pots Derek[/bold] wrote: While I am all in favour of cycle-paths couldsomeone please correct the signs on the new road to Kings Down. I'm sure they are back to front. And some time ago I mentioned to a young person! (uncouth male) about not to ride on the Town Bridge as there were people walking on both sides and having to go onto the road to aviod him. Only to receive a mouthful of abusive foul language. What is the town coming to?. Some cyclists think they own the pavements[/p][/quote]Derek please be very careful, about remonstrating with Cyclist, who are sharing a foot path illegal ( see the latest Police Report, It is illegal to Cycle on pavements !! unless Signed as A Cycleway. ) It was not too long ago than one of our Club Members of the Bath Rd BARFC Rugby Club, confronted in a similar way, a couple of our Finest Young Citizens, over Cycling in a similar way, only to be Attacked, Punched, the result, he Was Killed, the Perpetrator, though was not charged with Murder or Manslaughter ????? why, you might ask ??? As it was the Pensioners Head hitting the Metal Railway Bridge that Caused the Injuries, that caused His Death. ???? Not the Punch, that caused him to collapse to the Ground... So, as I will re-iterate, for U who think I am anti cyclist's, I just ask that Cyclist Are Considerate to other Road Users, Car Drivers and Pedestrians. I am Still awaiting the Meeting With SCC Leader Jon Osman to discuss theses and other points with him , raised in January. But, understand that other matters needed priority first to be Dealt with ie Flooding Issues !! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -4

11:30am Tue 29 Apr 14

twinkles says...

Oh Preecey, you are a one.... Full of crap am I? People in glass houses etc... How many pages of drivel do you post on this site? Pretty much every thread gets hijacked and steered violently towards your "Don't you know who I am? I used to be a COUNCILLOR" brain-melting mush and you cannot abide anyone who disagrees with you. Here's a quote for you to ponder: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers."

Tom Dougall is your man at the Council. If you feel as strong as I do about cycling in Sedgemoor, (and I very much doubt you do) talk to him.
Oh Preecey, you are a one.... Full of crap am I? People in glass houses etc... How many pages of drivel do you post on this site? Pretty much every thread gets hijacked and steered violently towards your "Don't you know who I am? I used to be a COUNCILLOR" brain-melting mush and you cannot abide anyone who disagrees with you. Here's a quote for you to ponder: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." Tom Dougall is your man at the Council. If you feel as strong as I do about cycling in Sedgemoor, (and I very much doubt you do) talk to him. twinkles
  • Score: 9

11:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

Only me 123! says...

twinkles says...

Oh Preecey, you are a one.... Full of crap am I? People in glass houses etc... How many pages of drivel do you post on this site? Pretty much every thread gets hijacked and steered violently towards your "Don't you know who I am? I used to be a COUNCILLOR" brain-melting mush and you cannot abide anyone who disagrees with you. Here's a quote for you to ponder: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers."
twinkles says... Oh Preecey, you are a one.... Full of crap am I? People in glass houses etc... How many pages of drivel do you post on this site? Pretty much every thread gets hijacked and steered violently towards your "Don't you know who I am? I used to be a COUNCILLOR" brain-melting mush and you cannot abide anyone who disagrees with you. Here's a quote for you to ponder: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." Only me 123!
  • Score: 2

11:45am Tue 29 Apr 14

Only me 123! says...

twinkles says...

Oh Preecey, you are a one.... Full of crap am I? People in glass houses etc... How many pages of drivel do you post on this site? Pretty much every thread gets hijacked and steered violently towards your "Don't you know who I am? I used to be a COUNCILLOR" brain-melting mush and you cannot abide anyone who disagrees with you. Here's a quote for you to ponder: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.

NOW NOW CHILDREN
twinkles says... Oh Preecey, you are a one.... Full of crap am I? People in glass houses etc... How many pages of drivel do you post on this site? Pretty much every thread gets hijacked and steered violently towards your "Don't you know who I am? I used to be a COUNCILLOR" brain-melting mush and you cannot abide anyone who disagrees with you. Here's a quote for you to ponder: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers. NOW NOW CHILDREN Only me 123!
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Tue 29 Apr 14

swjoduk says...

David Preece, why can you never type in a 'normal' manner. Your posts are always full of capitals, full stops, question marks all in the wrong places resulting in disjointed sentances which are extremely hard to read.

I think you need to look at some facts, SCC are spending 4 million in Bridgwater on the Bridgwater Way project. As I type there are contractors from the Canal and Rivers Trust working on behalf of SCC and Sutrans constructing a new path on the canal between Alfred Street and Hamp Bridge, which ARE in Bridgwater. They have already constructed the new Toucan crossing on Taunton Rd (missed opportunity to combine it with lights at Wills Rd IMO) and a shared cycleway down to Stockmoor Rhyne Bridge. They have drawn up plans for a widened bridge over the rhyne which forms the boundary between Bridgwater and North Petherton.

The very same project will be funding other cycling improvements in Hamp which last time I checked IS Bridgwater. There is also the DIY streets project in Hamp, Bridgwater and public engagement events all aimed at increasing cycling participation.

Yes there are lots more opportunities that would not cost a fortune in and around the town to improve cycling, hopefully they will come to frutition.
David Preece, why can you never type in a 'normal' manner. Your posts are always full of capitals, full stops, question marks all in the wrong places resulting in disjointed sentances which are extremely hard to read. I think you need to look at some facts, SCC are spending 4 million in Bridgwater on the Bridgwater Way project. As I type there are contractors from the Canal and Rivers Trust working on behalf of SCC and Sutrans constructing a new path on the canal between Alfred Street and Hamp Bridge, which ARE in Bridgwater. They have already constructed the new Toucan crossing on Taunton Rd (missed opportunity to combine it with lights at Wills Rd IMO) and a shared cycleway down to Stockmoor Rhyne Bridge. They have drawn up plans for a widened bridge over the rhyne which forms the boundary between Bridgwater and North Petherton. The very same project will be funding other cycling improvements in Hamp which last time I checked IS Bridgwater. There is also the DIY streets project in Hamp, Bridgwater and public engagement events all aimed at increasing cycling participation. Yes there are lots more opportunities that would not cost a fortune in and around the town to improve cycling, hopefully they will come to frutition. swjoduk
  • Score: 2

12:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

twinkles says...

swjoduk - 'The Bridgwater Way' should not be called as such. It should be called "The HAMP Way, and then only parts of Hamp, and further the stuff that the new housing contractors should be made to do as part of their planning submissions in the first place"

Wouldn't have as much of a ring about it, but would be more factually correct.

And... The other opportunities are massively obvious to anyone with a bike - but that IS NOT Sedgemoor District Council. They have proved themselves to be pretty slow on the uptake here.

I think it's going to take a(nother) fatallity on Bristol Road or Westonzoyland Road before anyone makes any attempt at fixing the issues.
swjoduk - 'The Bridgwater Way' should not be called as such. It should be called "The HAMP Way, and then only parts of Hamp, and further the stuff that the new housing contractors should be made to do as part of their planning submissions in the first place" Wouldn't have as much of a ring about it, but would be more factually correct. And... The other opportunities are massively obvious to anyone with a bike - but that IS NOT Sedgemoor District Council. They have proved themselves to be pretty slow on the uptake here. I think it's going to take a(nother) fatallity on Bristol Road or Westonzoyland Road before anyone makes any attempt at fixing the issues. twinkles
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MBR Extreme says...

Here we go again Blue owls flapping. Always off the subject. I would like to add that I am I proper cyclist and I use the roads where I have a right to be! Not the poorly designed cycle paths in this town . I.e - the NDR where you have to keep crossing the road or the one on cranleigh gardens which fires you out into the traffic at the end. Or that stupid little thing at the lights in John street. Saying that bike paths should be improved for the more nervous cyclists. But Iwill stay on the roads where I use the highway code and stop at the lights if this annoys you whilst driving your polluting jaguars smoking stupid great cigars well tough you could all ways cycle and reduce the NHS Bill in years to come.
Here we go again Blue owls flapping. Always off the subject. I would like to add that I am I proper cyclist and I use the roads where I have a right to be! Not the poorly designed cycle paths in this town . I.e - the NDR where you have to keep crossing the road or the one on cranleigh gardens which fires you out into the traffic at the end. Or that stupid little thing at the lights in John street. Saying that bike paths should be improved for the more nervous cyclists. But Iwill stay on the roads where I use the highway code and stop at the lights if this annoys you whilst driving your polluting jaguars smoking stupid great cigars well tough you could all ways cycle and reduce the NHS Bill in years to come. MBR Extreme
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

swjoduk says...

twinkles wrote:
swjoduk - 'The Bridgwater Way' should not be called as such. It should be called "The HAMP Way, and then only parts of Hamp, and further the stuff that the new housing contractors should be made to do as part of their planning submissions in the first place" Wouldn't have as much of a ring about it, but would be more factually correct. And... The other opportunities are massively obvious to anyone with a bike - but that IS NOT Sedgemoor District Council. They have proved themselves to be pretty slow on the uptake here. I think it's going to take a(nother) fatallity on Bristol Road or Westonzoyland Road before anyone makes any attempt at fixing the issues.
I believe it is called Bridgwater Way as the paths are intending to get you into the centre of Bridgwater if you live in Hamp, Stockmoor, Wilstock and North Petherton.

Sedgemoor are not the Highway Authority, Somerset County Council are and they are therefore responsible for maintaining cycleways, erecting signs and putting down lines etc.

Sedgemoor will be responsible for some urban footways and the likes of Blake Gardens which has cyclist dismount signs and recently lines which has all but disappeared with the flooding,

Both Councils could do a lot more to promote cycling in the town and also ensure new developments install cycling facilities through section 106 works etc.
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: swjoduk - 'The Bridgwater Way' should not be called as such. It should be called "The HAMP Way, and then only parts of Hamp, and further the stuff that the new housing contractors should be made to do as part of their planning submissions in the first place" Wouldn't have as much of a ring about it, but would be more factually correct. And... The other opportunities are massively obvious to anyone with a bike - but that IS NOT Sedgemoor District Council. They have proved themselves to be pretty slow on the uptake here. I think it's going to take a(nother) fatallity on Bristol Road or Westonzoyland Road before anyone makes any attempt at fixing the issues.[/p][/quote]I believe it is called Bridgwater Way as the paths are intending to get you into the centre of Bridgwater if you live in Hamp, Stockmoor, Wilstock and North Petherton. Sedgemoor are not the Highway Authority, Somerset County Council are and they are therefore responsible for maintaining cycleways, erecting signs and putting down lines etc. Sedgemoor will be responsible for some urban footways and the likes of Blake Gardens which has cyclist dismount signs and recently lines which has all but disappeared with the flooding, Both Councils could do a lot more to promote cycling in the town and also ensure new developments install cycling facilities through section 106 works etc. swjoduk
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Only in recent weeks, I was in collision with a Young Lad 13-15, who whilst cycling on the pavement on St John St / Cranliegh Grd's Junction, shot straight off from my Blind Side Left hand side, fortunately for him, I was moving from stop-standing on a green light, so was able to do an emergency stop without causing injury to him. Although my vehicle sustained Minor Damage from his Bikes contact. Had I been coming thro the Lights @ 15-20 mph, the situation could have been more serious. !!!!
Cycling on Pavements, where Not Designated as Cycle Routes, is Crazy, the Worst Offenders are indeed our Posties, when on their way back to the Depot in Friarn st, indeed I was almost knocked over on this same Junction, whilst myself as A pedestrian, going to the Drs in Cranliegh Grd's. The First, didn't Apologise, just rode on, the 2nd one did at least.
Why do the Posties, believe also that they have the Rights to Cycle Down Friarn St against the Traffic Flow, which is a daily occurance, when Leaving the Sorting Depot.
Finally, these Idiots take the Cup !!! Yesterday 3pm from the Pit-Stop @ Mc Donald's, 2 Quad Bikes, decide to do the One Way Circuit around the Town Bridge ! library, Cornhill and either B down Broadway, or around the A route Northgate back to the Pit-Stop Chequered Flag, unfortunate for them after they had wheel spun around every Corner, almost skidding of the Roads onto the Pavements and Pedestrians enjoying the Town Centre in the Sunday Afternoon, this peace and Tranquility spoilt by the Noisy Exhausts of the Quad Bikes. @ Penel Orlieu a Police car emerge from Little St Mary St, to follow them to the West St Lights/ Broadway, where they went towards Durliegh............

.. So now it is not only the Scooters, Hot Hatch's Burning Rubber around the " One Way Race Circuit " now there are 4Wheel Bikes !!
The Police Officer, I spoke to in Morrisons, re this, response, was after, I had said as to what I had witnessed from Sainbury's Petrol Station, Quote " they will probably come Unstuck " , My concern, was more that by Riding these Machines in Excess of 45-50 MPH around the Town, they would lose Control, mount the Pavement and Injure Pedestrians. Spinning and Wheel Sliding all over the Place.
With more injuries sustained than, Cyclists, who are not taking regard to the Highway regulations..
Like the Motorist, that for the Past 10 years, have been able to Race around the Town in their Hot Hatch's with little Action, from the Police to Deter, Such Behaviour !!!!! See the Bridgwater Town Councils Members Views , over the Last Decade, and it is still going on every year !!!! Now Is The Time To Wipe it Out, B 4 They Wipe Some-One Out, with Devastating Circumstances.
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
Dave, were you on your way to or from the Doctors with your medication when you drove into the cyclist?
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Only in recent weeks, I was in collision with a Young Lad 13-15, who whilst cycling on the pavement on St John St / Cranliegh Grd's Junction, shot straight off from my Blind Side Left hand side, fortunately for him, I was moving from stop-standing on a green light, so was able to do an emergency stop without causing injury to him. Although my vehicle sustained Minor Damage from his Bikes contact. Had I been coming thro the Lights @ 15-20 mph, the situation could have been more serious. !!!! Cycling on Pavements, where Not Designated as Cycle Routes, is Crazy, the Worst Offenders are indeed our Posties, when on their way back to the Depot in Friarn st, indeed I was almost knocked over on this same Junction, whilst myself as A pedestrian, going to the Drs in Cranliegh Grd's. The First, didn't Apologise, just rode on, the 2nd one did at least. Why do the Posties, believe also that they have the Rights to Cycle Down Friarn St against the Traffic Flow, which is a daily occurance, when Leaving the Sorting Depot. Finally, these Idiots take the Cup !!! Yesterday 3pm from the Pit-Stop @ Mc Donald's, 2 Quad Bikes, decide to do the One Way Circuit around the Town Bridge ! library, Cornhill and either B down Broadway, or around the A route Northgate back to the Pit-Stop Chequered Flag, unfortunate for them after they had wheel spun around every Corner, almost skidding of the Roads onto the Pavements and Pedestrians enjoying the Town Centre in the Sunday Afternoon, this peace and Tranquility spoilt by the Noisy Exhausts of the Quad Bikes. @ Penel Orlieu a Police car emerge from Little St Mary St, to follow them to the West St Lights/ Broadway, where they went towards Durliegh............ .. So now it is not only the Scooters, Hot Hatch's Burning Rubber around the " One Way Race Circuit " now there are 4Wheel Bikes !! The Police Officer, I spoke to in Morrisons, re this, response, was after, I had said as to what I had witnessed from Sainbury's Petrol Station, Quote " they will probably come Unstuck " , My concern, was more that by Riding these Machines in Excess of 45-50 MPH around the Town, they would lose Control, mount the Pavement and Injure Pedestrians. Spinning and Wheel Sliding all over the Place. With more injuries sustained than, Cyclists, who are not taking regard to the Highway regulations.. Like the Motorist, that for the Past 10 years, have been able to Race around the Town in their Hot Hatch's with little Action, from the Police to Deter, Such Behaviour !!!!! See the Bridgwater Town Councils Members Views , over the Last Decade, and it is still going on every year !!!! Now Is The Time To Wipe it Out, B 4 They Wipe Some-One Out, with Devastating Circumstances. David L Preece Blue - Owl[/p][/quote]Dave, were you on your way to or from the Doctors with your medication when you drove into the cyclist? freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 8

9:10pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MR.GOF says...

i get fed up when people walk on a cycle path!!!and right by the side is their path......happy days
i get fed up when people walk on a cycle path!!!and right by the side is their path......happy days MR.GOF
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Thu 1 May 14

equine says...

I would like to see pedestrians getting an on the spot fine for using the cycle paths, especially people who shout abuse at you when you ring your bell at them. I use the cycle path on the NDR daily and have very often encounters with pedestrian who are rude towards me when I use me bell to ask them to step out of the cycle path. Then there are the pedestrians who use the footpath next to the cycle path but let their doggies walk on their expendable leads on the cycle path, there is nowhere to go for the cyclist when that happens. Shame I don’t have the time to complain to the police every time this happens to me!!!
I would like to see pedestrians getting an on the spot fine for using the cycle paths, especially people who shout abuse at you when you ring your bell at them. I use the cycle path on the NDR daily and have very often encounters with pedestrian who are rude towards me when I use me bell to ask them to step out of the cycle path. Then there are the pedestrians who use the footpath next to the cycle path but let their doggies walk on their expendable leads on the cycle path, there is nowhere to go for the cyclist when that happens. Shame I don’t have the time to complain to the police every time this happens to me!!! equine
  • Score: 4

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