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Title: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: tonythomson on March 01, 2010, 11:33:53 am
Hi take a look at this cycle lane - I dare anyone to use it.  Is this just another example of the authorities putting cyclists in danger just to meet government target for providing cycle lanes.  The link below is to my Facebook log and safe but if you don't want to look basically the lane is on cobble stones, about 12" wide with a drop of about 6' into a canal directly on one side with no barriers.  It has to be someones idea of a joke!  

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=330434051435&ref=nf
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: dubovsmj on March 01, 2010, 03:30:35 pm
ha.
haha....are you serious?
i had to look twice at that one to make sure it was for real.
maybe it was an april fools day joke or something....or at least you'd hope, right?
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: mucknort on March 01, 2010, 05:30:08 pm
Did you mean this link, Tony?
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5104945&op=1&o=global&view=global&subj=330434051435&id=728003046
(The link you posted was to your home page)
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: Westinghouse on March 01, 2010, 05:39:02 pm
Cycling lane? More like death row.
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: mucknort on March 01, 2010, 05:48:45 pm
(http://www.newraleigh.com/images/sized/images/articles/crap-bike-lanes_1-485x332.jpg)
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: mucknort on March 01, 2010, 05:50:11 pm
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MrETUU_M5M0/SupMfYk3mMI/AAAAAAAAFgk/2SzmmwGXXqo/s640/Warrington-Cycle-Campaign-001.jpg)
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: mucknort on March 01, 2010, 05:53:05 pm
(http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/fail-owned-bike-fail.jpg)
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: mucknort on March 01, 2010, 05:57:17 pm
(http://reziztanceisfutile.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/dangerousbikelane.jpg)
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: destination on March 01, 2010, 07:28:38 pm
I never realized that there were people against bikers until I read some posts on this board that described it.
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: Tourista829 on March 01, 2010, 08:17:23 pm
Tony,

We would relish a bike lane period in my part of Florida. Depending on the time of year, If the water wasn't too polluted and if it is hot enough I might jump in, since it doesn't look like any Gators are in the canal. It is obvious no one in their right mind would use this bike lane. It truly is a joke. Those of us, who are not blessed with good bike lanes, on a daily basis, it is truly an uphill battle. I honestly don't think I will see it in Tampa, Fl, in my lifetime:(
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: johnsondasw on March 02, 2010, 12:37:27 am
A real problem with bike lanes in the northwest is that all winter and for a good part of the spring, the lane is full of sand, dirt, broken glass and other garbage.  The sand and dirt is from the sanding for ice/snow and often does not get cleaned off until May of June.   I really rely on a mirror so I know when I have to get off the road and onto the lane.
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: tonythomson on March 02, 2010, 04:47:28 am
Thanks MucKnort for putting pic on screen, must learn how to do that.  Here in UK I could fill this forum up with stupid box ticking pics of useless cycle lanes. 

As for jumping in believe me you don't want to swim in any of the canals -I would take a chance on the gators any time. In fact down in the Florida keys rode past quite a few on the side of the road and none of them blinked an eye.  Didn't stop though!  We also have a couple in the ponds where I have a house in Celebration Fl - I don't swim there either  ;)
And destination if you really want to read some of vitriol put out against cyclists check out the forum on  http://www.canalworld.net/ a normally peace loving bunch until they get to cyclists & fishermen.  Maybe it's the noise from the wheels that drive dogs mad it also effects some humans.

There are some really bad ones around but the figures show something like they represent 0.001% of people who write on these blogs. So we don't need to get paranoid.  It's the people we vote in who seem to have a problem with us ie the pictures and the rubbish dumped in the correct size lanes.  I'm with John on needing a mirror -
Tony
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: efovargue on March 02, 2010, 05:38:12 am
Is that Photoshopped in  - or just painetd on with Dulux matte for a joke?

[url http://www.efdesign.net]Emma[/url]
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: indyfabz on March 02, 2010, 01:49:04 pm
The sand and dirt is from the sanding for ice/snow and often does not get cleaned off until May of June.

They sweep the bike lanes in your neck of the woods?  Wow!  Here in Philly we have to rely on mother nature (in the form of rain) to wash the sand away.  It's truly pathetic.
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: destination on March 02, 2010, 11:02:45 pm
Tony, Thank you for the link. Since they are in the 0.001%  I think I will pass for today (and get a mirror)


Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: DaveB on March 02, 2010, 11:04:15 pm
And then there is Chicago, with it's "bicycle friendly" Mayor.  

Many main streets there have bike lanes.  However, the lay-out is; a parking lane against the curb, then a bike lane on the traffic side of the parking lane, then the car/truck/bus lane.  So, every time a car pulls into or out of a parking spot, they cross directly over the bike lane.  Most drivers do it with out even a glance to see if there is a bicycle there.  Then, of course, at every intersection any car turning right also cuts across the bike lane.

Another example of bike lanes designed by those who don't ride and who will never understand the needs of those who do.

    
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: Tourista829 on March 03, 2010, 09:11:36 pm
Tony, it is called Rednecks and they are as plentiful as the Gators. They too are on the side of the road.
Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: tonythomson on March 04, 2010, 05:34:20 am
Tony, it is called Rednecks and they are as plentiful as the Gators. They too are on the side of the road.

But I love  Rednecks  :o if they are being a pain I go over in my best English accent and just talk to them.  They have all been apologetic.  "AAW sorry man" I asked one bunch of five - smiling & friendly - if they planned on going to the bar that night and boasting to their friends as to how tough they are, 5 of them picking on a grey haired old granddad, on his own, in a strange land? I added "well I'm from England and you've let yourself down and your country" shook their hands and rode off to "AAW sorry man"    Still makes me laugh.

Title: Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
Post by: Tourista829 on March 05, 2010, 12:06:31 am
Tony, you are something else, we need more people, like you, with your sense of humor. You are also very lucky indeed.