When plastic is not fantastic.

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.

img_1795

B&NES Graffiti Unit in action! The leaves are gathered to soak up the cleaning fluids and stop them running into the canal.

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.

img_1560

Looks good but it’s only plastic.

With bulbs starting to sprout greenery above ground level thoughts turn to brighter days in a city famous for its floral displays.

img_1561

Bath in plastic bloom.

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.

img_1752

Getting those advertising boards off the floor.

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.

img_1753

Cluster of signs at the Union Street end of The Corridor

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?

img_1789

Empty shops in New Bond Street.

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.

img_1796

The new ‘Pedestrian Priority’ signs that have gone up along the towpath.

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.

img_1797

Another sign showing people have priority over bikes!

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.

3 thoughts on “When plastic is not fantastic.

  1. Just want to say that the signs are part of the work the CRT were supposed to install as part of finishing off the space and are not down to behaviour of cyclists on the path. Personally I prefer the “Share with care” signs. I have experienced blocking behaviour by pedestrians. These signs are good but are not a licence to pedestrians that they “own” the space and can stop people on bikes passing them.

    However it is good they are finally up. I also note they have been installed along the river path all the way to Locksbrook.

  2. Those signs provide no evidence of speeding bike riders as they make no mention of speed. The consultation indicated that erection of signs was planned

  3. Unfortunately, from experience, a few pedestrians will use this as an excuse to walk about blindly unaware of their surroundings or selfishly walk 4-5 abreast.

Comments are closed.