Access barriers are a common sight on cycle paths across the UK. They are particularly prevalent in Rhondda Cynon Taff, my local authority.
|Lifting 23kg of Dutch bike above your head twice isn't fun|
For other people, the barriers will completely prevent access. Anyone who is elderly or has a disability wouldn't be able to lift their bike over their head. Wheelchairs and pushchairs may be equally denied access. It isn't right that a large group of legitimate users should be blocked from using a facility in an attempt to block motorised access.
Yes, I emphasise attempt because these barriers do not block all motorised access. Some motorbikes can still get through these barriers. It is incredibly frustrating that I, as a legitimate user am denied access while the very people the barriers attempt to block pass through with ease
This is why I've started a petition to get these barriers removed. While the petition relates to my local area, please still sign. Maybe in the future it will gather enough momentum to put pressure on other local authorities too.Moped on the Taff Trail. So glad they have those motorbike barriers that prevent legitimate access @RCTCouncil pic.twitter.com/rzhdkHQMBR— maidstoneonbike (@maidstoneonbike) April 24, 2015
Access barriers are, and never have been, appropriate for a cycle route and should be gone, and never, ever installed in the future.