Anti-cyclist Sign a Pain in the Butts
Opponents say that ban on bikes on pathway is a waste of taxpayer's money
Cycling enthusiasts Cllr Andrew Dakers (Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Brentford & Isleworth constituency) and John Bradley (Green Party parliamentary candidate at the 1997 General Election) have teamed up to highlight the waste of taxpayers money on two signs banning cyclists on a 15 metre stretch from Market Place to The Butts in Brentford.
Cllr Andrew Dakers said, "John and I don't see how a dismount length of approximately 15 metres is going to stop anyone from cycling down there. It is completely impractical and unrealistic. Considerate cyclists will anyway cycle slowly in this area due to the bollards. Unfortunately it risks causing some cyclists to speed up in order to get out of the 'illegal' area as quickly as possible."
The route is shown on Transport for London's cycling map as a recommended route for cyclists. This was introduced after Transport for London were lobbied by the Hounslow branch of London Cycling Campaign. It is the only route through to the High Street without making cyclists having to go via the busy junction at The Beehive on Half Acre.
Cllr. Dakers added, "The signs constitute a complete waste of taxpayers' money at a time when the new administration claims it is going to deliver greater financial prudence. "
John Bradley, speaking for Hounslow Green Party, added, "When this area was repaved and renovated as part of the Brentford Regeneration Scheme some years ago I discussed, with others including the then Councillor Mike Carman, the problems of cycling through this area. The solution was to put bollards in to slow any cyclist down who might ride
They add that adding a large sign to an already crooked lamppost has not improved the look of the conservation area.
June 19, 2007