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This new raised path has been open for a couple of weeks now. Does anyone know why barriers have been used when there used to be a bollard? Is it to slow cyclists down? Also why are they painted black?

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Comment by LS on February 2, 2018 at 20:59

Comment by Kim on February 3, 2018 at 0:10

Presumably a bollard is needed to stop motorists driving their cars up it, but surely this is unnecessary...

Comment by LS on February 3, 2018 at 0:15

I wondered if it's to stop people cycling into the road at speed. I think there's a good chance someone will not see it in the dark and get hurt.

Comment by LS on February 3, 2018 at 0:15

Although there are solar lights in the ground which might help. I haven't seen it at night yet.

Comment by Hugh Willliams on February 3, 2018 at 11:17

They should try the same thing in roads to slow the traffic down. I'm sure that motorists wouldn't mind being reduced to walking pace to slalom round obstacles that were invisible in low light conditions. Just like they wouldn't mind signs telling them to get out of their cars and push (qv 'Cyclists Dismount' signs.)

Let's face it, in Britain most cycle paths are risible.

Comment by LS on February 3, 2018 at 12:20

I wonder if Sustrans agreed on this design.

Comment by Nick on February 3, 2018 at 20:46

Looking on street view there were metal poles with striped tape on before the work started but in 2014/15 there was nothing at all. Before that there were wooden bollards.

I have a feeling the barriers and double hand rails could be for wheelchair users now the path is sloped. I do think they will be difficult to see in the dark and someone unfamiliar with the route could crash into them. If there is a legitimate reason for them and they can't be removed perhaps reflective tape should be used to help them stand out. Are there still people working on site or is it all finished?

Comment by ARKrider on February 3, 2018 at 22:23

That is really stupid! I've seen police chase videos on TV where moped riders still can get through these with complete ease. This is really poor I think because this is a very heavily used route for bicycles, and pedestrians for work and school runs. I used to do my exam studying at the benches down this part of the pathway. Often in the summer families on rides and school runs would come down here with bike trailers and some on specially designed trikes and four wheeler bicycles. How are they meant to squeeze through this gap!??!?? 

Its stuff like this that puts parents off from cycling with their children. Because many have children that cant cycle and need a trailer which is safer but bike trailers is a huge struggle with these barriers. 

Comment by Robert Jones on February 4, 2018 at 7:51

I find them easy enough to see in the dark there seems sufficient light from the street lamps and solar studs. Anyone not familiar with the route could come down that hill at speed and realise too late that they need to stop and end up in the road, so from that point of view I suppose the barriers are a good idea. I agree with comments about trailers though.

Comment by LS on February 4, 2018 at 20:12

Checked them out in the dark this evening. I think they stand out enough due to the overhead light to make crashing into them unlikely. They are still a slight inconvenience especially at busy times but perhaps there is a genuine reason for having them rather than a bollard to stop cars entering.

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