Promenade problems spark Streetlife chat
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 September 2015
FANS of Weston’s seafront have taken to Streetlife to debate the issues caused by cyclists who ride their bikes along the promenade.
Some users of the social media forum felt cyclists who rode along the promenade too quickly posed a danger to pedestrians and other people using the space.
Kathy R began the thread. She said: “What do Streetlifers think of cyclists on the promenade?
“I do not think they should be riding bikes on the promenade. They have no respect for the pedestrians and we have to keep dodging them.”
Donna P, however, defended cyclists and said: “I cycle along there sometimes when it’s quiet, but I’m very careful and don’t ride like a maniac. I also ride on the road and cycle paths.
“A little tolerance and consideration for all users is needed by all. It would have been better if they had made a strip of (the promenade) a dedicated cycle path – but it is what it is and actually it’s very nice and very wide.”
Shirley S felt the problem was not just limited to those on bicycles.
She said: “I realise the dangers associated with cycling on our busy roads, but that is why cyclists are now advised to wear helmets.
“Pavements are designed mainly for pedestrians and I concede that mobility scooters go far too fast and exacerbate the problem.”
Elaine R called for promenade users to treat the space with ‘courtesy’.
She said: “I think we have a lovely promenade to be enjoyed by everybody, from babies in pushchairs to children on roller skates, scooters and bikes to adult cyclists, people out for a stroll and people on mobility scooters.
“Courtesy and common sense are all that’s needed.”
Patricia L said: “Most families just stroll and amble along the prom at a leisurely pace, unaware of anything approaching from behind – which is how it should be. Maybe cyclists could adopt the same thinking?
“(Cyclists could) keep speed to an absolute minimum (and use) lots of tinkling of bells.”
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