I think most people will share the Afoot group’s aims on safe walking, but I doubt they will come to fruition because there is no enforcement. Cyclists know they can ride on any pavement, skimming pedestrians and going round blind corners. Why do they do it? Because of no enforcement.
Almost any pavement is now fair game to this brigade who think the rules apply to everyone bar themselves. Bespoke’s Mr Price states the promenade will not be cycled on at busy times such as Airbourne. Well there were still cyclists wobbling, trying to stay stuck in the saddle, on a packed narrow section to the pier this year. I have had many instances of walking on pavements where a cyclist comes from behind you in silence and if you veer off a straight line you will be knocked over. This should not be happening on a pedestrian pavement. It needs a total rethink on cycling, with proper segregated lanes, not the present bodge of ‘it will be alright as long as only a few pedestrians get hurt’.
Think about how the little girl in Blackpool was dragged along, caught in the pedals of a pavement cyclist.
These incidents happen daily and not all broken ankles etc are reported. It is up to the authorities to make cycling safer, but not by putting pedestrians at risk. What is the point of having a law that is not enforced.
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