This kid’s back on the block

Tyres pumped, battery fully charged and Bath Newseum is back on two wheels and heading into town for the first time in over two months.

Straight away, at the city end of the London Road, l came face to face with a silent protest. One which illustrates the dilemma many of us are now thinking about.

As things ease up, will our roads just return to their normal traffic volume?

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A warning for motorists on the London Road – one of the most dangerous places for ensuring social distancing!!

Shouldn’t we be using this lockdown to bring in measures to make Bath permanently greener?

Indeed – will many more people to their cars because they feel more protected in their own personal metal and plastic four-wheeled bubble.

The Council is going to be putting in place social distancing measures on some streets to support the reopening of many shops and businesses.

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Temporary pavement widening measures in parts of Walcot Street are to be put in place soon.

In addition, the authority is asking for views on a raft of longer-term improvements, some of which could be introduced on an experimental basis, including allocating additional road space to improve cycling and walking for daily commuting and better signage across the area.

B&NES has launched a new Liveable Neighbourhoods website for residents to share views on where we can create more space for walking and cycling.

The site   https://bathnesliveablestreets.commonplace.is/

has already attracted 1,919 comments! Speeding cars – and the odd cyclist – make up a lot of complaints. However, there is also oodles of comment about creating safe routes for commuters on two wheels AND pedestrians.

It sounds to me that Bath IS ready for change.

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Couldn’t help noticing the gulls are returning! How nice of someone to provide a picnic table for them on the weir below Pulteney Bridge?