Making a stand.

Making a stand.

As a cyclist who sometimes has to look around a bit to find  a vacant stand for my bike – l am not too sure l welcome the outbreak of two-wheeled advertising that is becoming apparent in Bath.

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Bike ads?

Seems they are not only promoting local business but making political points.

Clever promotion? Or a damned nuisance if the stands are full up?

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A campaign cycle?

What do you think?

Bike stands and a photo bloomer.

Bike stands and a photo bloomer.

Couple of early Christmas presents for cyclists in Bath. The abandoned cycle lock cable that’s been attached to one of the hoops outside the Guildhall for weeks and weeks, has finally been removed.

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The cable hoop has finally been removed.

I completed my ‘hat-trick’ of tweets to Council Connect yesterday. My first – bearing a photograph of the offending article – was made in late September. Anyway it has now gone.

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The cable lock hoop that was abandoned months ago.

Meanwhile – even more of a pleasant surprise – is the amount of activity involving the installation of new bike stands.

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That’s more cycle racks going up today in Milsom Street.

I saw these chaps busy setting new racks in cement at the bottom of Milsom Street.

Great to see even more two-wheeled traffic being encouraged in the town centre.

Finally, sad to see that once again those lovely people from Bath Rotary have put their festival charity hut bang in front of the best tree we’ve had in Abbey Church Yard for years.

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Oh dear. The Rotary hut has spoiled the view again this year.

The Council even dug a proper foundation for this year’s fir so it wouldn’t need hazardous guy ropes to keep it up.

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The view of tree and Abbey you won’t get now.

Difficult to get people to realise that tourists stand under the colonnade at the Stall Street end and frame up a lovely shot of illuminated tree and Bath Abbey behind. A view now spoiled by the hut.

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Surely the take away hut could have gone somewhere else to allow Bath Rotary to tuck their hut into the corner?

They have plonked a take-away meals hut right outside the Grade 1 listed Grand Pump Room. I would have preferred to see that re-sited and the Rotary hut put there – in the corner – instead.

Don’t blame us, says the Council. A spokesperson told me:

‘We had asked the Rotary Club if they would consider moving their chalet from this location, in order to offer people a clearer view of the Christmas tree and Bath Abbey, however the Rotary Club expressed its desire for the chalet to remain in its existing location.’

While l hope their charity buckets are full to overflowing it would be nice if things could be sorted out to let everyone enjoy  an uninterrupted view of the tree and Abbey next year.

Mystery of the disappearing bike stands

Mystery of the disappearing bike stands

What is it with the disappearing bike stands outside the Guildhall in Bath?

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The first one to go – on a group of three – disappeared months ago.

Months ago l noticed one ‘hoop’ was missing from a cluster of three stands to the left of the steps and now – yesterday – another one has disappeared.

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Another hoop outside Bath’s Guildhall disappears

This time from the middle of the grouping right in front of the building.

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Do these have scrap value?

Are these stands made of a precious metal ?Are they being stolen for scrap? Or is there a less sinister reason why they are disappearing!

Does anyone know?