A poll for the Post has shown that Bristolians are overwhelmingly against cycling on the city’s pavements.
Well, there’s a shocker, eh? Who could have predicted that?
Apart from….well, everybody.
Dr Rogers, a retired GP and cabinet councillor, said he was not surprised by the results of the survey.
I’m not surprised you’re not surprised, doctor…
He said: “Most people would not regard a five-year-old riding a cycle on the pavement as anti-social.
“If you had asked, ‘Is it OK for a five-year-old to cycle on the pavement?’ then I think you would have had exactly the opposite result.”
Well, yes. Yes, if you asked a different question you would, indeed, get a different answer. That’s true.
The cyclopaths are unhappy, of course:
Adrian Roper, regional director of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, said the way to eradicate cycling on the pavement was to give those on two wheels better options.
And the way to eradicate poaching is to give every poacher hunting licenses I suppose?
He did his best to put a spin on the fact that three-quarters voted for his members to get off the pavement and stay off, by claiming he’d expected it to be nearer 100%…
He said: “The results of this poll make interesting reading as I would have expected a far greater percentage of people to vote for the ‘no’ option, given that it is something that cyclists are not meant to do.
“What it points to is the fact that many people, when using their bikes, feel safer using the pavements than using some of Bristol’s roads, which further points to the fact that better facilities need to be provided in Bristol particularly along some of the main routes in and out of the city centre.”
I don’t care whether your fellow cyclopaths ‘feel safer’ – the simple fact is, if they ride on the pavement, others feel less safe.