A Friday ride through Bath lifted my spirits. First because it is not so cold, and even spring-like, during the brief periods when the sun broke through the gloom.
Pleased also to see the B&NES Graffiti Unit in action – helping the Canals and River Trust deal with a recent bad attack of vandalism along a stretch of one of the city’s historic waterways.
With bulbs starting to sprout greenery above ground level thoughts turn to brighter days in a city famous for its floral displays.
Seemed a shame to pass one established restaurant that prefers to decorate the front of its business with vegetation of the plastic variety. Doesn’t cost much to invest in spring bulbs but hey – who am l to say.
After all the fuss about A boards encroaching across pedestrianised Union Street l had to smile at the sight of a man holding an advertising board high in the air. It’s not blocking the pavement of course.
Though l have to say there’s a bit of A-board pressure developing at the Union Street end of The Corridor and l am not sure attaching posters to Grade 2 listed columns is such a good idea either.
Bath BID were going to experiment with some sort of post bearing the names of multi-business in the vicinity. Wonder what has happened to that?
Mixed in with the high spirits – a bit of a low. The number of properties now empty along New Bond Street – and with others due to go.
Finally back onto the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath out of Bath and some new signage has appeared – reminding all two-wheeled users to be aware of who has priority.
As a cyclist myself – though not one of those sleek lycra types – can l just point out that l sometimes have to brake when deciding which side of a speeding dog l am going to try and get past.
Many dog owners are great with controlling their pets. It’s just the occasional animal – off on an adventure while the owner is elsewhere – and often on a mobile phone – that increases stress.
Respect all round l say in using one of the safest, carbon-monoxide-free routes into the city we all love.