£8m to be invested in cycle routes across East Lancs, but is it enough?

Reporter Lawrence Dunhill braves the roads of East Lancashire on his bike

Reporter Lawrence Dunhill braves the roads of East Lancashire on his bike

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Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

There was good news for cyclists in East Lancashire last week as our councils revealed plans to invest £8 million in cycle routes. And with the first stage of the Tour de France set to pass through Skipton in July, it’s an exciting time for the two-wheeled traveller in this part of the world. So can we expect to see masses of drivers ditch their cars and jump on a bike instead? Not until the roads are made safer, says reporter and bicycle commuter Lawrence Dunhill

EVER since Chorley’s Bradley Wiggins peddled his way to a historic victory in the Tour de France in 2012, cycling has surged in popularity on this side of the channel.

Go up to the Pennine moors on any dry Sunday morning and you’ll see dozens of ‘wannabe Bradleys’ spinning the wheels of their shiny new road bikes.

Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council are right to try and capitalise on this unexpected enthusiasm for human-powered travel, and certainly seem to be doing more than most local authorities to encourage cycling.

The benefits are obvious — more people on bikes means more healthy people and fewer cars on our already crowded roads, which also means less pollution. It’s a pretty neat way to at least injure three birds with one simple rock.

But while lots of people are now cycling in their free time, which perhaps ticks off the health benefits, there will only be fewer cars if people start using their bike to get wherever they would normally go in a car.

For all the efforts being put into the Connecting East Lancashire initiative, including a ‘Weaver’s Wheel’ type network around Blackburn and a scenic course through Rossendale, these seem unlikely to make a meaningful dent in the number of people commuting by car.

When I first moved to Darwen last year, I was pleased to see much of the journey into Blackburn town centre could be taken along the River Darwen Greenway, but after one ride down this so called ‘wildlife oasis’ I knew it wasn’t a viable option.

Aside from it being quite a big detour along the scrubland behind Ewood Park, the potentially menacing gangs of teenagers dotted along the route meant it didn’t quite feel safe enough to ride every day, especially after dark.

So I’ve stuck to the relative safety of the A666 ever since, which also has the benefit of being the quickest and flattest route. Yet, as anyone who has ridden a bike knows, cycling on our roads can also be pretty terrifying.

The main problem is the lack of any meaningful help from the road markings and layout, which are geared almost completely towards motorists. Sure, you get the odd cycle lane, but they never seem to cover more than a couple of hundred metres before inexplicably saying ‘END’.

Whalley resident Brian Cookson, who was elected president of the International Cycling Union last year, agrees that more needs to be done to make East Lancashire’s roads more attractive to potential cyclists.

He said: “I think a lot of good work has been done but it needs more in terms of investment in infrastructure. I appreciate things are difficult financially at the moment, but countries where cycling is popular have had that investment in infrastructure. You can see the difference it’s made in London in recent years.

“It would help if there were more dedicated lanes and better junctions, but, perhaps more than that, cyclists need respect from drivers too.

“If you take a risk on a bike you’re probably only risking your own life, so there’s more responsibility on drivers to be safer and recognise that cyclists and pedestrians are a lot more vulnerable.”

Having cycled on Britain’s roads since I was a kid I’m pretty confident on a bike, but do still worry about doing it on a daily basis. So I can understand why many people wouldn’t even contemplate cycling to work and back.

The only way our councils will persuade motorists to try it is to make the roads safer, like in Amsterdam or Berlin, and even London, where consistent and clear cycle lanes have brought swarms of cyclists on to the roads. Riders can then feel more confident, and more like equal road-users, rather than a nuisance to drivers.

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1:06pm Tue 6 May 14

shytalk says...

Probably too much money....The problem is our ding bat councils just waste money on cycle lanes that only run about 3ft and where they are not needed.
Where they are needed and and could significantly improve road safety then they are nowhere to be seen.
They can't even repair the roads properly, never mind install sensible cycle lanes.
Probably too much money....The problem is our ding bat councils just waste money on cycle lanes that only run about 3ft and where they are not needed. Where they are needed and and could significantly improve road safety then they are nowhere to be seen. They can't even repair the roads properly, never mind install sensible cycle lanes. shytalk
  • Score: 30

1:14pm Tue 6 May 14

brossen99 says...

Its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional ( fully paid up eco-fascist leaning type ) cyclists. One favourite trick was to come up level with the tractor unit drive axle ( right in your impossible blind spot ) and then cling onto the tautliner straps to save taking their feet out of their toe clips. You could only see them once you had moved off, themselves wobbling as they let go after an initial tow as far as they dare. It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside like it was in Australia back in 1987 when I was out there. Trailers were clearly make " no overtaking " on the nearside, anybody who got squashed undertaking was laughed at by the traffic police. Its all about education really, I would always get as close as possible to the nearside kerb to prevent any cyclist sneaking up your nearside and trying to race you. Now they are theoretically given a green light to do this potentially dangerous practice with some cycle lanes at traffic lights.



Another favourite trick of the lycra uniformed potential eco-fascists was to race you to the narrow bit, then relax and slow down at least 5 Mph. This causes unnecessary fuel wastage and the resultant extra pollution from all HGV's and buses, perhaps to a point where the alleged eco-friendly cyclist actually generates more pollution on his journey than what he would have personally emitted had he caught the bus instead.



Of course the pollution aspect has vastly increased since the introduction of " traffic calming " measures like pedestrian refuge islands, build outs from the kerb on a one wide road perfectly safe for cyclists except the potential hazard of parked cars. If anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclist it is doubtful that they could have made a better job than traffic calming.


Cycling Casualties ?

Its the lycra uniformed eco-fascists who cause the bulk of potential danger on our urban roads, civilian pleasure cyclists are hardly ever a problem. Likewise on fast trunk roads, all cyclists should be allowed to use the almost totally deserted footpaths for safety and promoting smooth traffic flow. In towns specific cycle routes running virtually parallel to main routes should be cleared of parked cars on at least one side of the road. It wont be popular with residents but it will save both lives and pollution.
Its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional ( fully paid up eco-fascist leaning type ) cyclists. One favourite trick was to come up level with the tractor unit drive axle ( right in your impossible blind spot ) and then cling onto the tautliner straps to save taking their feet out of their toe clips. You could only see them once you had moved off, themselves wobbling as they let go after an initial tow as far as they dare. It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside like it was in Australia back in 1987 when I was out there. Trailers were clearly make " no overtaking " on the nearside, anybody who got squashed undertaking was laughed at by the traffic police. Its all about education really, I would always get as close as possible to the nearside kerb to prevent any cyclist sneaking up your nearside and trying to race you. Now they are theoretically given a green light to do this potentially dangerous practice with some cycle lanes at traffic lights. Another favourite trick of the lycra uniformed potential eco-fascists was to race you to the narrow bit, then relax and slow down at least 5 Mph. This causes unnecessary fuel wastage and the resultant extra pollution from all HGV's and buses, perhaps to a point where the alleged eco-friendly cyclist actually generates more pollution on his journey than what he would have personally emitted had he caught the bus instead. Of course the pollution aspect has vastly increased since the introduction of " traffic calming " measures like pedestrian refuge islands, build outs from the kerb on a one wide road perfectly safe for cyclists except the potential hazard of parked cars. If anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclist it is doubtful that they could have made a better job than traffic calming. Cycling Casualties ? Its the lycra uniformed eco-fascists who cause the bulk of potential danger on our urban roads, civilian pleasure cyclists are hardly ever a problem. Likewise on fast trunk roads, all cyclists should be allowed to use the almost totally deserted footpaths for safety and promoting smooth traffic flow. In towns specific cycle routes running virtually parallel to main routes should be cleared of parked cars on at least one side of the road. It wont be popular with residents but it will save both lives and pollution. brossen99
  • Score: -19

1:55pm Tue 6 May 14

A Darener says...

90% of cyclist don't use cycle paths anyway!
90% of cyclist don't use cycle paths anyway! A Darener
  • Score: 24

2:52pm Tue 6 May 14

rudis_dad says...

It's all about give and take - I'm a cyclist and a driver and I witness some truly appalling attitudes from both groups towards the other. The £8m would be better spent on driver and rider education and road repairs, not some half-baked traffic scheme which our illustrious clowncillors have decided are the best for cyclists despite never having consulted. Anything other than a complete motor-vehicle free route is a waste of time if it's going to be of any use to a cyclist. But then as someone has already pointed out, 90% don't use the routes that are there already, so are they going to use the new ones? Unlikely.
It's all about give and take - I'm a cyclist and a driver and I witness some truly appalling attitudes from both groups towards the other. The £8m would be better spent on driver and rider education and road repairs, not some half-baked traffic scheme which our illustrious clowncillors have decided are the best for cyclists despite never having consulted. Anything other than a complete motor-vehicle free route is a waste of time if it's going to be of any use to a cyclist. But then as someone has already pointed out, 90% don't use the routes that are there already, so are they going to use the new ones? Unlikely. rudis_dad
  • Score: 24

3:05pm Tue 6 May 14

vicn1956 says...

a darener-yes I agree.
LT-send a reporter to stand on the cycle lane on Accrington road near Tesco-costing many £1.000's at rush hour and see how many cyclists use it. I've seen 2 in 10 years! A great use of money.
Personally I cycle but I daren't go on major roads-due to potholes/drivers who don't care one bit. I "love" the cyclist who travels slowly towards Blackburn on Accrington Road in the morning who rides 10 feet from the kerb looking back at who he is inconveniencing and smirking. Oh and he doesn't use a cycle lane when there is one.
There are bad vehicle drivers and bad cyclists.
Will the money be spent wisely on cycle lanes?
a darener-yes I agree. LT-send a reporter to stand on the cycle lane on Accrington road near Tesco-costing many £1.000's at rush hour and see how many cyclists use it. I've seen 2 in 10 years! A great use of money. Personally I cycle but I daren't go on major roads-due to potholes/drivers who don't care one bit. I "love" the cyclist who travels slowly towards Blackburn on Accrington Road in the morning who rides 10 feet from the kerb looking back at who he is inconveniencing and smirking. Oh and he doesn't use a cycle lane when there is one. There are bad vehicle drivers and bad cyclists. Will the money be spent wisely on cycle lanes? vicn1956
  • Score: 15

5:02pm Tue 6 May 14

frank says...

"its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional "
toe clips went out with the ark, it's clipless now.
if you want to slag someone off at least be up to date about it.
i could write the same about lorry drivers but what's the point?
"its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional " toe clips went out with the ark, it's clipless now. if you want to slag someone off at least be up to date about it. i could write the same about lorry drivers but what's the point? frank
  • Score: -22

5:18pm Tue 6 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

brossen99 wrote:
Its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional ( fully paid up eco-fascist leaning type ) cyclists. One favourite trick was to come up level with the tractor unit drive axle ( right in your impossible blind spot ) and then cling onto the tautliner straps to save taking their feet out of their toe clips. You could only see them once you had moved off, themselves wobbling as they let go after an initial tow as far as they dare. It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside like it was in Australia back in 1987 when I was out there. Trailers were clearly make " no overtaking " on the nearside, anybody who got squashed undertaking was laughed at by the traffic police. Its all about education really, I would always get as close as possible to the nearside kerb to prevent any cyclist sneaking up your nearside and trying to race you. Now they are theoretically given a green light to do this potentially dangerous practice with some cycle lanes at traffic lights.



Another favourite trick of the lycra uniformed potential eco-fascists was to race you to the narrow bit, then relax and slow down at least 5 Mph. This causes unnecessary fuel wastage and the resultant extra pollution from all HGV's and buses, perhaps to a point where the alleged eco-friendly cyclist actually generates more pollution on his journey than what he would have personally emitted had he caught the bus instead.



Of course the pollution aspect has vastly increased since the introduction of " traffic calming " measures like pedestrian refuge islands, build outs from the kerb on a one wide road perfectly safe for cyclists except the potential hazard of parked cars. If anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclist it is doubtful that they could have made a better job than traffic calming.


Cycling Casualties ?

Its the lycra uniformed eco-fascists who cause the bulk of potential danger on our urban roads, civilian pleasure cyclists are hardly ever a problem. Likewise on fast trunk roads, all cyclists should be allowed to use the almost totally deserted footpaths for safety and promoting smooth traffic flow. In towns specific cycle routes running virtually parallel to main routes should be cleared of parked cars on at least one side of the road. It wont be popular with residents but it will save both lives and pollution.
I don't believe one single word of that made-up, foaming-at-the-mouth ridiculous nonsense for one single second. It's jealously, most likely.
[quote][p][bold]brossen99[/bold] wrote: Its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional ( fully paid up eco-fascist leaning type ) cyclists. One favourite trick was to come up level with the tractor unit drive axle ( right in your impossible blind spot ) and then cling onto the tautliner straps to save taking their feet out of their toe clips. You could only see them once you had moved off, themselves wobbling as they let go after an initial tow as far as they dare. It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside like it was in Australia back in 1987 when I was out there. Trailers were clearly make " no overtaking " on the nearside, anybody who got squashed undertaking was laughed at by the traffic police. Its all about education really, I would always get as close as possible to the nearside kerb to prevent any cyclist sneaking up your nearside and trying to race you. Now they are theoretically given a green light to do this potentially dangerous practice with some cycle lanes at traffic lights. Another favourite trick of the lycra uniformed potential eco-fascists was to race you to the narrow bit, then relax and slow down at least 5 Mph. This causes unnecessary fuel wastage and the resultant extra pollution from all HGV's and buses, perhaps to a point where the alleged eco-friendly cyclist actually generates more pollution on his journey than what he would have personally emitted had he caught the bus instead. Of course the pollution aspect has vastly increased since the introduction of " traffic calming " measures like pedestrian refuge islands, build outs from the kerb on a one wide road perfectly safe for cyclists except the potential hazard of parked cars. If anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclist it is doubtful that they could have made a better job than traffic calming. Cycling Casualties ? Its the lycra uniformed eco-fascists who cause the bulk of potential danger on our urban roads, civilian pleasure cyclists are hardly ever a problem. Likewise on fast trunk roads, all cyclists should be allowed to use the almost totally deserted footpaths for safety and promoting smooth traffic flow. In towns specific cycle routes running virtually parallel to main routes should be cleared of parked cars on at least one side of the road. It wont be popular with residents but it will save both lives and pollution.[/p][/quote]I don't believe one single word of that made-up, foaming-at-the-mouth ridiculous nonsense for one single second. It's jealously, most likely. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: -20

7:18pm Tue 6 May 14

burner says...

. . " It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside " . . . . . .. . . an absolutely sensible idea that wil prevent many deaths.
. . " It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside " . . . . . .. . . an absolutely sensible idea that wil prevent many deaths. burner
  • Score: 26

7:53pm Tue 6 May 14

happycyclist says...

brossen99 wrote:
Its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional ( fully paid up eco-fascist leaning type ) cyclists. One favourite trick was to come up level with the tractor unit drive axle ( right in your impossible blind spot ) and then cling onto the tautliner straps to save taking their feet out of their toe clips. You could only see them once you had moved off, themselves wobbling as they let go after an initial tow as far as they dare. It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside like it was in Australia back in 1987 when I was out there. Trailers were clearly make " no overtaking " on the nearside, anybody who got squashed undertaking was laughed at by the traffic police. Its all about education really, I would always get as close as possible to the nearside kerb to prevent any cyclist sneaking up your nearside and trying to race you. Now they are theoretically given a green light to do this potentially dangerous practice with some cycle lanes at traffic lights.



Another favourite trick of the lycra uniformed potential eco-fascists was to race you to the narrow bit, then relax and slow down at least 5 Mph. This causes unnecessary fuel wastage and the resultant extra pollution from all HGV's and buses, perhaps to a point where the alleged eco-friendly cyclist actually generates more pollution on his journey than what he would have personally emitted had he caught the bus instead.



Of course the pollution aspect has vastly increased since the introduction of " traffic calming " measures like pedestrian refuge islands, build outs from the kerb on a one wide road perfectly safe for cyclists except the potential hazard of parked cars. If anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclist it is doubtful that they could have made a better job than traffic calming.


Cycling Casualties ?

Its the lycra uniformed eco-fascists who cause the bulk of potential danger on our urban roads, civilian pleasure cyclists are hardly ever a problem. Likewise on fast trunk roads, all cyclists should be allowed to use the almost totally deserted footpaths for safety and promoting smooth traffic flow. In towns specific cycle routes running virtually parallel to main routes should be cleared of parked cars on at least one side of the road. It wont be popular with residents but it will save both lives and pollution.
You're such a ****.
[quote][p][bold]brossen99[/bold] wrote: Its a long time ( 1993 ) since I was a wagon driver now but I would like to publicize some of my experiences with particularly the lycra clad toe clip professional ( fully paid up eco-fascist leaning type ) cyclists. One favourite trick was to come up level with the tractor unit drive axle ( right in your impossible blind spot ) and then cling onto the tautliner straps to save taking their feet out of their toe clips. You could only see them once you had moved off, themselves wobbling as they let go after an initial tow as far as they dare. It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside like it was in Australia back in 1987 when I was out there. Trailers were clearly make " no overtaking " on the nearside, anybody who got squashed undertaking was laughed at by the traffic police. Its all about education really, I would always get as close as possible to the nearside kerb to prevent any cyclist sneaking up your nearside and trying to race you. Now they are theoretically given a green light to do this potentially dangerous practice with some cycle lanes at traffic lights. Another favourite trick of the lycra uniformed potential eco-fascists was to race you to the narrow bit, then relax and slow down at least 5 Mph. This causes unnecessary fuel wastage and the resultant extra pollution from all HGV's and buses, perhaps to a point where the alleged eco-friendly cyclist actually generates more pollution on his journey than what he would have personally emitted had he caught the bus instead. Of course the pollution aspect has vastly increased since the introduction of " traffic calming " measures like pedestrian refuge islands, build outs from the kerb on a one wide road perfectly safe for cyclists except the potential hazard of parked cars. If anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclist it is doubtful that they could have made a better job than traffic calming. Cycling Casualties ? Its the lycra uniformed eco-fascists who cause the bulk of potential danger on our urban roads, civilian pleasure cyclists are hardly ever a problem. Likewise on fast trunk roads, all cyclists should be allowed to use the almost totally deserted footpaths for safety and promoting smooth traffic flow. In towns specific cycle routes running virtually parallel to main routes should be cleared of parked cars on at least one side of the road. It wont be popular with residents but it will save both lives and pollution.[/p][/quote]You're such a ****. happycyclist
  • Score: -24

8:01pm Tue 6 May 14

happycyclist says...

burner wrote:
. . " It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside " . . . . . .. . . an absolutely sensible idea that wil prevent many deaths.
I wouldn't make it 'unlawful' burner, but I certainly think that all cyclists should have to pass a road test, and that undertaking things like buses and HGVs should be part of a wider education (along with a million other things) about how to ride a bike on the road. It beggars belief that anyone can just get on a bike and mix it with traffic on the roads without knowing and of the rules of the road.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . " It should be unlawful to overtake a goods vehicle on the nearside " . . . . . .. . . an absolutely sensible idea that wil prevent many deaths.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't make it 'unlawful' burner, but I certainly think that all cyclists should have to pass a road test, and that undertaking things like buses and HGVs should be part of a wider education (along with a million other things) about how to ride a bike on the road. It beggars belief that anyone can just get on a bike and mix it with traffic on the roads without knowing and of the rules of the road. happycyclist
  • Score: 7

8:09pm Tue 6 May 14

Copperhead says...

I'm a bus driver and every day I see cyclists doing the most stupid things and riding in a way that is utterly selfish and inconsiderate towards other road users.
They ride two-abreast and block all the traffic behind.
They try to race the traffic away from the lights and slow everyone down.
They ignore traffic lights and ride through on red.
They ride at 10mph on a narrow road and slow everyone down. I might have 70 or 80 people on my bus, all trying to get to work or get home, and everyone is delayed because of some selfish eco-warrior.
The best thing would be cycle-lanes on all roads so as the separate the cycles from the rest of the traffic.
I'm a bus driver and every day I see cyclists doing the most stupid things and riding in a way that is utterly selfish and inconsiderate towards other road users. They ride two-abreast and block all the traffic behind. They try to race the traffic away from the lights and slow everyone down. They ignore traffic lights and ride through on red. They ride at 10mph on a narrow road and slow everyone down. I might have 70 or 80 people on my bus, all trying to get to work or get home, and everyone is delayed because of some selfish eco-warrior. The best thing would be cycle-lanes on all roads so as the separate the cycles from the rest of the traffic. Copperhead
  • Score: 8

8:33pm Tue 6 May 14

burner says...

happy c . . hi ! . . . I just quoted the post and didn't deeply consider the ' unlawful ' aspect. I do believe it is good common-sense behaviour. I know your passion over the years on here and I'm pleased to read a ratioal, reasoned argument. Education is key to a lot of life's situations.
happy c . . hi ! . . . I just quoted the post and didn't deeply consider the ' unlawful ' aspect. I do believe it is good common-sense behaviour. I know your passion over the years on here and I'm pleased to read a ratioal, reasoned argument. Education is key to a lot of life's situations. burner
  • Score: 9

7:40am Wed 7 May 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

"But is it enough?" It's way too much. There are other articles here about hospitals with no money and ambulance services in trouble. I got a leaflet from councilor Smith through my door complaining about the 'cuts' and how unfair it all is.

Yet 8 million on cycle routes?

It won't help the environment either. Most drivers won't or simply can't give up the car for a bike, no matter how good the cycle lanes.

If money really must be spent, how about spending it on educating cyclists to safely use the current road system
"But is it enough?" It's way too much. There are other articles here about hospitals with no money and ambulance services in trouble. I got a leaflet from councilor Smith through my door complaining about the 'cuts' and how unfair it all is. Yet 8 million on cycle routes? It won't help the environment either. Most drivers won't or simply can't give up the car for a bike, no matter how good the cycle lanes. If money really must be spent, how about spending it on educating cyclists to safely use the current road system BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: -17

10:23am Wed 7 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Comparing Blackburn to Amsterdam and Berlin, or even London, for this purpose is an absolute nonsense, have a good look around the dump first !!! The cash would be put to far better use fixing the potholes and road surfaces properly which well overdue before embarking on more unnecessary projects which would make safer for all !!!! why does the Clowncil embark on more idealistic schemes than they can handle ?? Cycle lanes are excellent IF USED !!!!! There are so many in place though that aren't. The Lycra brigade seem to want 1 set of Laws & Rules for Them & Them !!
Comparing Blackburn to Amsterdam and Berlin, or even London, for this purpose is an absolute nonsense, have a good look around the dump first !!! The cash would be put to far better use fixing the potholes and road surfaces properly which well overdue before embarking on more unnecessary projects which would make safer for all !!!! why does the Clowncil embark on more idealistic schemes than they can handle ?? Cycle lanes are excellent IF USED !!!!! There are so many in place though that aren't. The Lycra brigade seem to want 1 set of Laws & Rules for Them & Them !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 16

12:20pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Many cyclists in Blackburn appear to favour the pavements which are already in place in most areas so why waste anymore cash on cycle paths they simply won't be used
Many cyclists in Blackburn appear to favour the pavements which are already in place in most areas so why waste anymore cash on cycle paths they simply won't be used ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

4:38pm Thu 15 May 14

Michael_Prescott says...

Why do some cyclists use the pavement , this is an interesting question. Maybe they feel intimated by the attitude of some motorists who care little to their safety.

Yes £8million is a lot of money, but if this was spend on road building you won't be complaining and look where this program as led us, two thirds of adults are overweight and there is a major pollution issue (which recent governments are trying to hide).
Since the 1960's there has been a rise of 10% of asthma in children,(1% of children suffered, now its 11%) caused by the motor vehicle, so you poisoning your children!
Why do some cyclists use the pavement , this is an interesting question. Maybe they feel intimated by the attitude of some motorists who care little to their safety. Yes £8million is a lot of money, but if this was spend on road building you won't be complaining and look where this program as led us, two thirds of adults are overweight and there is a major pollution issue (which recent governments are trying to hide). Since the 1960's there has been a rise of 10% of asthma in children,(1% of children suffered, now its 11%) caused by the motor vehicle, so you poisoning your children! Michael_Prescott
  • Score: -1

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