Increased Access for Mountain Bikes – e-petitions

Posted: September 27, 2011 in 2011, General

Increased Access for Mountain Bikes – e-petitions.

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  1. SOz don’t agree with that one for several reasons:-

    1) Don’t take a fight you can’t win. You will not get past the Ramblers Association with this
    2) Its too broad, some footpaths just aren’t up to cycle traffic
    3) There are no caveats in the case of dispute over rights of way and responsibilities

    Personally I would favour a third designation of being a cycle/foot way. In which case interest groups can apply for redesignation of certain trails, while concerned groups can examine the argument. I would also look to introduce “sail before steam” style legislation. i.e. it is the responsibility of the larger/faster/more powerful to look out for the smaller/slower/less powerful. SO in essence you can ride on cycle/foot ways, but cyclists should give way to walkers. I’d like that to be extended out further too. On the road for example, in the event of an accident the larger/faster/more powerful vehicle will be adjudged to be in the wrong unless there is eveidence ot the contrary. i.e. Cyclist when twatted by a lorry probably didn’t chose the confrontation, but either way the lorry needs to be aware and to take evasive action. Not the cyclist diving i nthe hedge to avoid death as is the case now.

  2. slowjo61 says:

    ‘in the event of an accident the larger/faster/more powerful vehicle will be adjudged to be in the wrong ‘ rather like on the continent?

    • Yep thats the boy. Makes perfect sense to me. Cyclists need way more protection than they currently get, but then so do pedestrians from idiots on bikes who treat them like mobile traffic cones. Its simple in its application and simply presumes that the small guy didn’t deliberately take on the big guy unless there is evidence ot the contrary. i.e. Mr Car or Mr Truck the expectation is that you look out for and take care for pedestrains, cyclists horse riders, motorcyclist, etc as opposed to the current situation where because the dead can’t defend themselves they are presumed to be at fault and presumably have thrown themselves onto the bonnet or under the wheels of the vehicle that killed them.

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