Play ‘spot the cyclist’

York Press: Play ‘spot the cyclist’ Play ‘spot the cyclist’

Developing the letter “Pedestrians lost” from Mrs Y Holmes (December 27) could I suggest that the City of York Council could sponsor a competition, open to all York-based motorists while they are crawling along the York ring road between the Haxby and Wigginton Road roundabouts.

It could be called “Spot the cyclist using the new cycling super highway”.

If you can spot say five (or maybe even one) cyclist in a month, you can win much-needed repairs to the road or footpath outside your house (to the same standard as the cycle path, of course).

They might even throw in part of the hedge that was ripped out, along with its wildlife, or provide you with a new fence similar to the one that has been erected.

Stephen Newton, Old Orchard, Haxby, York.


• Mrs Holmes of Haxby commented (letters December 27) upon the lack of pedestrian facilities on the Clifton Moor Estate. She also criticised the Council’s present expenditure of “£1million” upon a cycle lane on which she has yet to see a single cyclist.

When Clifton Moor was developed, the area was administered mainly by Ryedale District Council.

They permitted the car-friendly development, which has unfortunately generated high numbers of short-distance local car trips to retail and employment destinations.

The area was subsequently taken over by City of York Council when it became a unitary authority. Since then, York has striven to graft better pedestrian and cycle facilities onto Clifton Moor’s local roads, as well as helping to create better bus access.

This was boosted by a successful bid to the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which is bringing a further £4.6m of spend to York’s northern quadrant, including Clifton Moor.

This grant is also paying for the new pedestrian and cycle path alongside the A1237.

It will mitigate the severance effect of that road upon sustainable travel, and open up new opportunities for local walking and cycling. I Its completion requires a new bridge span across the York to Scarborough railway, and the route will open in 2014. That explains why your correspondent has yet to see a cyclist using it.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, York.

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11:56am Tue 31 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

My doppleganger should perhaps have said Spring 2014. Need to await Network Rail confirmation of possession dates for installing the new cycle bridge. Will it be similar to the one at Bondhill Ash between York & Copmanthorpe?
My doppleganger should perhaps have said Spring 2014. Need to await Network Rail confirmation of possession dates for installing the new cycle bridge. Will it be similar to the one at Bondhill Ash between York & Copmanthorpe? pedalling paul

12:38pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Von_Dutch says...

For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet.

Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.
For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet. Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use. Von_Dutch

1:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

courier46 says...

Nice to know we have enough money left to build such useful tracks and bridges.
Nice to know we have enough money left to build such useful tracks and bridges. courier46

1:24pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Here's another game - you could read the local newspaper, either in print or online and spot the idiotic fools who try to ease their own frustrations with the state of modern transport by projecting their anger onto others. Extra points could be given for claims based on either ignorance, fantasy, myth or bog-standard prejudice.

I recommend the online version because with one ignorant ranty letter it's possible to generate dozens of responses each more ignorant and ranty than the original.
Here's another game - you could read the local newspaper, either in print or online and spot the idiotic fools who try to ease their own frustrations with the state of modern transport by projecting their anger onto others. Extra points could be given for claims based on either ignorance, fantasy, myth or bog-standard prejudice. I recommend the online version because with one ignorant ranty letter it's possible to generate dozens of responses each more ignorant and ranty than the original. Buzzz Light-year

1:36pm Tue 31 Dec 13

bolero says...

When it is finished will it be used as much as the other money wasting sections at the Wigginton Road roundabout and the A19 junction?
When it is finished will it be used as much as the other money wasting sections at the Wigginton Road roundabout and the A19 junction? bolero

2:00pm Tue 31 Dec 13

beretta says...

Von_Dutch wrote:
For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet.

Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.
I drive down the side of this so called cycle track at least 4 times a day and there is no reason why that stretch can't be used
[quote][p][bold]Von_Dutch[/bold] wrote: For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet. Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.[/p][/quote]I drive down the side of this so called cycle track at least 4 times a day and there is no reason why that stretch can't be used beretta

3:28am Wed 1 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Von_Dutch wrote:
For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet.

Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.
Well it's about cyclists isn't it? so of course the ignorant cretins are going to come on here and have another rant!
[quote][p][bold]Von_Dutch[/bold] wrote: For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet. Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.[/p][/quote]Well it's about cyclists isn't it? so of course the ignorant cretins are going to come on here and have another rant! Magicman!

8:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

old_geezer says...

beretta wrote:
Von_Dutch wrote:
For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet.

Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.
I drive down the side of this so called cycle track at least 4 times a day and there is no reason why that stretch can't be used
I used to cycle along the Selby bypass from Barlby to the river before the swing bridge was completed, and never saw a single car using it. There was absolutely nothing to stop them driving along that stretch, so obviously money wasted.
[quote][p][bold]beretta[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Von_Dutch[/bold] wrote: For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet. Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.[/p][/quote]I drive down the side of this so called cycle track at least 4 times a day and there is no reason why that stretch can't be used[/p][/quote]I used to cycle along the Selby bypass from Barlby to the river before the swing bridge was completed, and never saw a single car using it. There was absolutely nothing to stop them driving along that stretch, so obviously money wasted. old_geezer

1:36pm Fri 3 Jan 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

beretta wrote:
Von_Dutch wrote:
For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet.

Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.
I drive down the side of this so called cycle track at least 4 times a day and there is no reason why that stretch can't be used
Except it's rather difficult to get on with a bike, perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]beretta[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Von_Dutch[/bold] wrote: For the last bl**dy time... The cycleway alongside the outer ring road isn't even remotely finished yet. Just because a portion of it has tarmac down and isn't barriered off doesn't mean that it's of any actual use to anyone yet. Sick of ignorant cretins coming on here and bemoaning it's lack of use.[/p][/quote]I drive down the side of this so called cycle track at least 4 times a day and there is no reason why that stretch can't be used[/p][/quote]Except it's rather difficult to get on with a bike, perhaps? MarkyMarkMark

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