Friday, 30 November 2012

Beware of Cyclists Materialising in Inverness

Ness Walk from the Ness Bridge to Ardross Street is partly pedestrianised. By that I mean that its North end near the Bridge is paved and has a 20 mph speed limit. Traffic from the Bridge is single-lane and one-way.

The signs also indicate a contra-flow lane for pedal cycles. So, as well as sharing the lane with cyclists moving in the same direction, drivers from the Bridge towards the Cathedral should also be on the lookout for cyclists coming from the opposite direction.


Traffic approaching Ness Walk from the Cathedral end is faced with No Entry signs. But this applies to all traffic.

There is no sign at that end to indicate any exception for cyclists. So the question arises 'Where do the cyclists come from that the motorists are being warned to expect?"

The signs appear to say that cyclists are not allowed to enter Ness Walk from the Cathedral but they may mysteriously exit from it at the Bridge end.

I'm willing to admit that I may have misunderstood the signs. It may be that this sign actually warns motorists to be alert for cyclists falling from the sky. 


Anonymous said...

I complained bitterly when Highland Council one-wayed Ness Bank 6 months ago, my favourite route into town, which I could no longer use. They proudly referred me to a sustainable transport report which they had commissioned for Inverness. Inside of which was noted how one way streets were a particular hindrance to cyclists! Obviously they hadn't read it. When I researched deeper into the planning application I noticed that among the objections to the one-waying was one from a cyclist. After a bit of correspondence, his onjection was finally discounted because he "didn't reside in Ness Bank". Aaaaggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

Zen Biker Maniac said...

Hi Anon
Thanks for your comment. That wasn't what I was told!
I'd really like to discuss this further with you.
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