Cycle lanes…

Friday, July 20th, 2007 by Nigel

Weird Cycle Lanes of Brighton

They just don’t work in Britain, do they?

Brighton has its own testament to the uselessness of bike lanes, The Weird Bike Lanes of Brighton – including the example above. If you want a good chuckle, take a look at it.

In Brighton we should have one of the best cycle lanes – it runs for several miles east-west along the seafront. But it’s kind of lethal.

For a start, pedestrians don’t really believe it exists. I have, in the past, ended up colliding with one who suddenly jumped into the lane right in front of me. But what irks me even more is that cyclists seem to think that because it’s a straight line, it’s an excuse to go as fast as they can and shout at anyone who gets in their way.

It seems to me that the only way to cycle along a seafront is Quite Carefully. And I’ve yet to see a cyclist there give way to a pedestrian on those sections where the pedestrian actually clearly has priority. I’ve even been shouted at by cyclists myself on my bike for daring to stop in front of them to let a family cross – when the family is crossing in exactly the place they’re supposed to.

Gah!

Cyclists. Their own worst enemies.

Which is something that a slightly nervous Matt Seaton – the Guardian’s cycling correspondent – hinted at in this recent lecture. He says that as green consciousness grows, we’re on the verge of a new golden age of cycling. Don’t let’s blow it by being too self-righteous all the time.


4 Responses to “Cycle lanes…”

  1. Nic Says:

    Not quite fair is it, as obviously the whole road was closed off not just the cycle lane!

    As for the cycle lane on the sea front, it’s hard to think of a better solution, short of building flyovers for pedestrians and/or bikes. I think it’s just a matter of everyone respecting each other’s right to exist and accepting that everyone makes mistakes. After all, even cyclists are sometimes pedestrians, and vice versa. I cycle to get away from the madness of cars, so please don’t go bringing road rage to our cycle lanes!

    So, actually, I agree with you!

  2. fred Says:

    The bottom of West Street has been closed off for ages, dunno why! That photo was to show the eccentric misuse of an expensive bike lane sign kit by someone artistically impaired! The general problem is that cycle lanes in Brighton either steal land from the pavement, as in the seafront lane, or from the road, so cyclists are hated by pedestrians and motorists!

    fred

  3. Nic Says:

    The only way to break the cycle of hatred (excuse the pun!) is to refuse to be a link in the chain (ditto!)

  4. Karim Says:

    Please join our facebook group Build proper cycle lanes in Brighton and Hove City to voice your opinion on Cycle lanes. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8013607227

    Thanks.