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Today's rubbish cycling

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  1. gembo
    Member

    There is a silver mentchie obscuring the word dismount now on the west side

    Posted 7 months ago #
  2. jonty
    Member

    The whole dismount furore just highlights the absurdity of having key active travel infrastructure which is actually just a 4 foot wide path fringed by manky water and a massive drop. Best practice in this case should probably come from health and safety guides for scaffolders, not active travel manuals.

    If the Lanark Road stuff can't be made permanent (or never even goes in) it would be nice if at least the section up the the WoL bridge was made permanent, to provide an at least partly-protected bypass route.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  3. ejstubbs
    Member

    Red-top-wearing full-suss-riding idiot came within a hand's breadth as he passed me from behind, at speed and with no warning at all as I was pedestrianising along the path through the Hermitage earlier today. (You can see the jump in my heart rate on the Garmin Connect graph.)

    Posted 7 months ago #
  4. wingpig
    Member

    I was behind a wee procession of three turnips on the NEPN this morning. I first encountered them at the first bench up from the Balbirnie entrance, where they were spread across the path chatting to a fourth, who went north, his thin tyres slipping on the ice. I wasn't passing them despite them not yet moving as they were blocking the path and there were people approaching beyond them, so kept my distance behind them through the dispersed clouds of walkers, staying two abreast each time and barely looking where they were going until the one on the outside heard me calling him a selfish toad just past the slope up to the school bridge and went to single file at least as far as Craigleith, where I turned off. When I returned and continued as far as Five Ways it was a bit better and less busy, except for the overtaking impatient who dived through three narrow gaps in his quest to not reduce his speed even slightly.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  5. Frenchy
    Member

  6. amir
    Member

    @Frenchy this does sound like poor cycling. But the walking/cycle paths have become so busy around here, mainly with pedestrians and dog walkers (always separated on signs!). The dogs are often not on a leash as per Highway Code, and, as mentioned in this article, folk are often chatting in small groups. Many times the whole path is blocked. This means that these paths are becoming less attractive for some cyclists, forcing them back onto the roads. We really need full on Dutch segregated schemes in busier places. But other just want to plough all the money into Sheriffhall Roaundabout.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  7. gembo
    Member

    Midlothian View - News Worth Reading?

    I have added the .? To their strap line.

    Of note the dog was not injured enough to go pay a vet.

    The cyclist stopped and apologized.

    Neither dog has a name that the. gembotron Dog Naming Device declares as one with sounds dogs can hear. Need an Eeeee sound at the end I thinkeeee

    Some bells are a bit quiet for dog walkers who are talking to their friends to hear. I often alert them I am passing them on the left;right; through the middle. If they have t heard the bell. A few then ask if I don’t have a bell and I quote the inimitable Mrs Richards from Fawlty Towers Yes but I don’t turn it on as it wastes the battery (I don’t I just laff)

    Posted 4 months ago #
  8. fimm
    Member

    If someone drives through a big sign saying "no through road" or whatever, we tend to be fairly dismissive. Should we be more sympathetic to a cyclist who cycles past a large "no cycling" sign?

    Posted 4 months ago #
  9. mcairney
    Member

    @amir indeed I've pretty much abandoned the "cycle network" for the roads due to the abundance of doggers and joggers.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  10. amir
    Member

    Oh, I've not seen the former @mcairney.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    @fimm, you mean in general? Like it used to say on Porty Prom ? Or was that more Cyclists Dismount?

    Also you had some grief recently when you were allowed to cycle from Drivers with ignorant opinions? Down South Queensferry?

    I think in general I would say yes a No Cycling sign if bona fides should be same as No a through Road.

    Specific examples might help me.....

    Posted 4 months ago #
  12. ejstubbs
    Member

    @fimm: No through road <> no entry, or "no motor vehicles" (the motorbike jumping over a car). The first is a rectangular sign giving information: if you come past here, you'll be coming back out again the same way later. Therefore I would not bat an eyelid at a motorist driving past one of those. The latter two are signs giving an order, ignoring which is an offence - and the same goes for the round "no cycling" sign with a picture of a black bicycle on a white background inside a red circle.

    Apologies if you already knew that, just clearing up any potential confusion. I shall now go back under my rock.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. CocoShepherd
    Member

    "...but something needs to be done before there is a tragedy of greater proportions.”

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    Posted 4 months ago #
  14. mga
    Member

    Man wearing fluorescent yellow jacket and helmet close passed me at speed on Princes Street. You'd think someone so safety conscious would leave more than 6 inches gap when passing another cyclist.

    Posted 3 months ago #

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