Tuesday, February 27, 2007

2-way cyclepath leaves no room for walkers

The Town Council of Swindon -- a Wiltshire County town in the Southwest of England about midway between London and Briston -- decided to paint bicycle path markings on a sidewalk along Cricklade Road. A line was painted down the middle of the sidewalk to create two lanes and segregate the walking side from the bicycle side of the path. Unfortunately, contractors mistakenly painted the bike symbol in BOTH lanes.

"What makes this mistake so stupendous, is if you had done it you would have known immediately," observes nearby resident Daniel Woodwards. "Both sets of markings are painted quite close together, so you can see them both at the same time, so you would know. Anyone who had any brains would have noticed."

The UK Highway Code says cyclists must keep to their side of segregated cycle paths - but riders on Cricklade Road don't know which side that is. Read more in the Swindon Advertiser. Seen at The Low Road: The Art of Urban Cycling.

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