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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 Keith Dodds on February 5, 2018 at 13:06

Finally finished and only 10 Months behind schedule! Anyway in answer to the question the bollards will be there to slow you down coming out onto the footpath and road

Comment by Robert on February 7, 2018 at 8:51

At least this is a good, wide path, but you've also got to consider what people with low vision will make of those black barriers.

Here's a novel and less collision-prone approach to speed reduction that I saw whilst I was cycling in the Scottylands:

Comment by Kim on March 20, 2018 at 0:10

I finally went to have a look.  It was easily slalom-able on a DF bike without any exciting luggage, but that's not really the point.  Given the colour of the tarmac, it would certainly benefit from some contrasting reflective tape - for the benefit of visually impaired pedestrians, if not lighting-impaired cyclists.

Seems to me that if it's to prevent small children on poorly-controlled wheeled vehicles from rolling downhill into the road, it needs to be nearer the actual bottom of the slope.  Or just not bother.  Parents of such cope with sloping pavements all the time, we don't build a slalom gate at every side-road / driveway.

Comment by Hugh Willliams on March 20, 2018 at 9:26

Perhaps someone could put up a picture of such a barrier in The Netherlands? I expect that their National Cycle Route 5 is fairly similar.....

Comment by Robert on March 21, 2018 at 9:33

Well firstly there is no equivalent to NCN5 in the Netherlands.   Long distance, inter-urban cycleways have a design speed of 45km/h and are not shared with pedestrians.   They are well-surfaced, direct, and don't meander all over the place.   Urban routes are also typically not shared with pedestrians.   Personally I encountered no barriers at all whilst cycling there, either on urban routes or on inter-urban routes.   I did see bollards, and also evidence of their removal.   They are being removed because they are a collision hazard, particularly for older cyclists.

If you regard barriers as a speed reduction measure, the closest I can get to that is a speed ramp (below).   This is a series of triangular dips.   However, they are designed to affect, and therefore slow, riders of motor scooters, not cycles.   I rode over this as fast as I could go on my station bike (about 25km/h), and it had no negative effect, but it was fun.   And check the width - this is an urban cycleway, and it's not shared with pedestrians (they are provided with a footway).

Comment by Andrew W on March 21, 2018 at 9:37

The gutter at the bottom of the slope before the pavement will stop you more effectively of you haven't already slowed

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