Cycling in and around Birmingham England
Barriers come in all shapes and sizes. Every single one is a nuisance and often seem to only be there to make cycle access difficult or dangerous. If they served the intended function I could perhaps understand it, but mini-moto and scrambler bike users have no problems riding where they shouldn't so how come these barriers to cycling continue to be erected.
Anyway, the intention wasn't to rant about the barriers, instead I thought it would be more fun to compile photos of the many different variations that exist. I wonder how many we could find.
Here are my starters:
Hate these. I am forever banging panniers/elbows & knees on them. Difficulty in getting a trailer through these made getting the cat to the vets rather awkward by bike.
How about the seemingly pointless post. Why is it even there ?
Seen many people trip over these while not looking where they are walking. Fortunately I have yet to ride into it, but who knows one dark night.
Sometimes one post isn't enough.
Sometime barriers fall into disrepair and are an improvement over the original design.
The above is actually a backup to the primary barrier which can be seen in the distance and is shown below. (An identical set is on the other side of the road).
So ver a 1.2 mile stretch of cycle path, six barriers in total and five different types.
So 5 and counting - How many different types can we add ?
We managed to get the tandem nicely jammed in the top one :-)
So we are up to 7 different variations.
A few more to add from Cannon Hill Park - I expect the most used cycle route in Birmingham.
A variation on the single post with temporary barriers either side for extra stopping power.
How about the slalom spaced out offset type of fence.
Or the plain old closed big gate with access via the side tradesman's entrance (blocked with an extra barrier of course).
For extra effect this has cobbled bricks in front of it to make for more extreme riding in the wet.
10 and counting.
That's ridiculous - presumably this is a shared use path so how does anyone with a pushchair or wheelchair manage through these things?
Here's some extreme trike slalom action on the route out to Woodgate Valley:
The love affair with bollards fascinates me. Some have been erected in Bournville park that as far as I can tell are there to block access by motor vehicles to the fence via the shrubbery. I've never attempted to park my c*r in a mature border of trees and bushes because I would imagine it's very difficult and would cause extensive, expensive damage, very possibly rendering it impossible for me to make the return journey.
This one on Bournville Walkway (a stealth cycle route) always intrigues me. It's so big and complicated it has a couple of cul-de-sacs.