Next Week’s Poll: Spiders – Are They Icky Many-Legged Monsters?

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.

13 comments for “Next Week’s Poll: Spiders – Are They Icky Many-Legged Monsters?

  1. Robert Edwards
    October 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

    JuliaM for Home Secretary!

    • October 29, 2012 at 6:58 am

      😉

  2. October 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Quite. Bristol also has a network of cycle paths that are separate from the pedestrian walkways. And where they adjoin, there are clearly de-marked lanes. There is no need for cycles to be on pavements. Bristolians ain’t that stupid…

    That doesn’t stop cyclists using the dual carriageway on the ring road despite a separate and safe cycle path that runs alongside it. My sympathy is zero.

  3. MTG
    October 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    “And the way to eradicate poaching is to give every poacher hunting licenses I suppose?”

    There, there, my dear. Things could be so much worse if an honest government was resolved to tax folk according to amassed buttock fat in order to finance a healthy, Netherlands-style cycle network. Yet, wouldn’t that be ridiculous when we need every penny treating obesity-related illnesses?
    These crazy ‘cyclopaths’ should undergo mandatory forearm tattooing and receive a flashing beacon implant on the forehead. Wait, to avoid confusion with any fit plod who may venture into unfiltered air, all cyclopaths should be compelled to display a large yellow star, stitched over their lycra.

    P.S. Unable to locate mortuary pics of lorry-squished cyclopaths, I suggest you cheer up with a large peanut butter and chocolate sandwich.

    • October 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Yet, wouldn’t that be ridiculous when we need every penny treating obesity-related illnesses?

      We don’t.

      • MTG
        October 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

        “We don’t”. Shipbuilder Tom Andrews’ identically terse response to: “Why do we need lifeboats on an unsinkable ship?”

        • October 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

          Irrelevant

  4. Derek
    October 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    If cyclists learnt how to behave on the roads, and the rules as applicable to cyclists, and obeyed them, they would be quite safe. The problem is that some people think that the rules do not apply to them. It is time our politicised police started to be as vigilant with cyclists as they are with motorists.

    • Crazed Weevil
      October 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      “If EVERYONE learnt how to behave on the road, and the rules as applicable to THEIR MODE OF TRANSPORT, and obeyed them, they would be quite safe…”

      My version Derek, speaking as someone who walks and doesn’t drive or cycle.

      I really give up with some people. Kids crossing the roads without looking, drivers pulling out of sliproads without checking if there is room, cyclists tearing through traffic lights that are red. The police ignore it all and more.

      It’s no good blaming a lack of education and instruction for this because even when they are told what to do and have tests to pass to prove it they seem to completely ignore the bloody rules…

      • October 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        Have to agree – both the standard of driving (I do wonder how some people passed their tests – or…did they?) and the behaviour of pedestrians has changed, and not for the better, in the last 20 years. Markedly so.

    • Greg Tingey
      October 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Bollocks
      I drive ( a Land-Rover ) & I cycle (& take the train, as appropriate) …
      The greatest safety hazard that I see on the roads is morons using their mobiles whilst driving – & I think it’s getting commoner ….
      The other one is “That red light does not aplly to ME” – which is VERY dangerous in a car, whereas a cyclist ignoring said light is much more vulnerable …..

      • October 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        whereas a cyclist ignoring said light is much more vulnerable …..

        And stupid. CW is correct, however, all road users should up their game and follow the rules of the road.

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    October 31, 2012 at 4:17 am

    XX the way to eradicate cycling on the pavement was to give those on two wheels better options. XX

    NO!NO!NO!

    CLAYMORES are the only answer!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M18_Claymore_mine

    Front toward the enemy, people!

    :mrgreen:

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