Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Measuring Bicycle Lane Use

One nice aspect of the snow is it gives us a good way of measuring bicycle lane use. No bike tracks: no cyclists. It therefore provides us with hard proof that money spent on the tax dodgers is wasted.

Here is the Cotham Hill bike lane off the St Michael's Hill Roundabout. No bike tracks, just car tracks

It is good that at least some tax-payers are using this, otherwise it would be entirely wasted.

Further down the hill, some bike tracks hint the tax dodgers have been using the motorists paid-for area, not the bike section to the left of the bollard.

Elsewhere, off Cotham Grove, a completely unused bike lane.

Why do we bother wasting any money on these people, when it is clear the facilities are not used?


Horace Hippo said...

This hippo follows car tracks during inclement snow, as the mechanised beasts have already melted/crushed the ice, helping to ensure safe passage. I believe cyclists do the same. All causality old bean.

Richard Smith said...

Is this supposed to be tongue in cheek? It comes across like a story from Brass Eye (not in a good way).

In case you hadn't noticed, St. Michael's hill is dangerous for cyclists when it's icy, so it's no surprise you didn't find many tracks in the snow. You can't even see the cycle path, which is on the more sloped side of the road.

Incidentally, the local highways budget comes from the council tax, and cyclists pay their share of this just like any other citizen.


SteveL said...

Cars and heavier vehicles can turn snow into ice; they can actually make things more dangerous, especially at junctions. Ungritted roads are much more hazardous than fresh snow paths for that reason -provided you have the right bike tyres