Where needs of cyclists are not considered
As a responsible and (hopefully) environmentally aware resident, I try whenever possible to either walk, cycle or use the bus to and from work. However, cycling is my preference simply for speed and cost reasons.
For the most part, the journey from Bathford into the city centre is safe – albeit narrow access sometimes – and bicycles are catered for. However, one stretch in particular would benefit enormously from the council's urgent attention and that is from the A46 roundabout at the point where the cycle lane re-joins the road, to the junction/traffic lights just before Lambridge rugby pitch (bottom of old A46).
This stretch of single lane road is only about 400 or 500 metres in distance, but it is the lack of space left for bicycles when cycling into town – particularly during the rush hour – and the many jarring holes and dips in the road if you are lucky enough to be left space between vehicle and pavement that makes the stretch a nightmare in terms of safety, ease of traffic negotiation and riding comfort.
Sometimes the only safe option is to use the footpath (when no pedestrians are using it of course) but this is, I imagine, illegal and also dangerous bearing in mind the possibility of vehicles suddenly coming out of drives or adjoining lanes.
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Many cyclists have to resort to going on the outside of the cars into the face of the oncoming traffic, which is also dangerous, particularly when they need to return to the inside bus, taxi and cycle lane after the junction.
It may not be feasible, but there is an overgrown grass verge beside the pavement that could enable a cycle path to be established or at least the road to be widened enough for bikes and cars to use it safely.
As it currently stands, cyclists' safety just isn't considered and this needs to be addressed.
The lane into town at that point is itself very narrow so the problem isn't something that motorists might notice (unless they are also cyclists), be concerned with or, frankly, be able to do anything about but it is proving an almost impossible daily challenge for cyclists.
OTTO HAUSER Bathford Hill Bathford Bath