Cycle Path steps fail
Sorry, I forgot to mention that I did ride down the ramp. No Look cleated road shoe mincing was required, and neither did I crash :lol:.
However my point was the design isn’t exactly bike friendly. The steps empty out on to a fast DC junction and less confident cyclists might be put off by such things.Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
Edit: Perhaps you have some of those roadie shoes that make you walk like a duck? I can see THAT would be difficult…
If you’re wearing roadie shoes you have no business going anywhere near a cycle path/route in the first place. The ones round my way would be suicide on skinny tyres!Posted 4 years ago
Decided to take a slightly different route on yesterday’s commute and thought I’d do a quiet dead end road that goes into a cycle path.
Kwality bit of design there……… 🙄
I’d have probably bounced down the stairs had I have been on a MTB. However I was on a £3K road bike and whilst the ramp is about a foot wide it was steeper than it looks.
How much effort would it have taken to have built a wider, more shallow ramp?Posted 4 years agopdwMember
Brilliant. One for http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.meg/wcc/facility-of-the-month/ .Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
For a start, it’s not a ‘cycle path’, it’s a ‘cycle route’, using lightly trafficked roads, and, as such, uses whatever facilities are already in position. I can clearly see the Sustrans route sign, but there’s a big difference between a shared-use pedestrian/cycle path, and a route using regular roads which have light traffic, which may well involve using steps like these.Posted 4 years ago
I’m sure locals have been negotiating these steps for years with prams and pushchairs for years, without issue, so I expect local cyclists have been too.
I just don’t see a problem.STATOMember
For a start, it’s not a ‘cycle path’, it’s a ‘cycle route’, using lightly trafficked roads, and, as such, uses whatever facilities are already in position.
Agree, plenty round here like that. Before the days of ‘sustrans standard’ paths. Perfect facilities where there is a significant height difference.Posted 4 years agouglybassplayerMember
Surely that fact that it ends at a dual carriageway strengthens the case of retaining the steps…. Less chance of someone overshooting into/over the railings and into the road.
And on the how easy would it be to….. In order to provide a shallower ramp you’d need to regrade the whole embankment to ensure a maximum grade of 1in2 ( safe angle of repose). Also to achieve a shallower ramp you’d have to move the top of the ramp backwards….. Very quickly the cost increases and you get no cycle path at all rather than a compromised but reasonably sensible one…Posted 4 years ago
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