Meanwhile, back in Bath…..

Earlier this week Bath hosted the end of Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain (cycling).  There was great celebration by our local council, and lots of publicity for the event.

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Emma Leith’s yarn-bombed bike

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Someone updated the wall art in Walcot Street to mark the moment

Many of us turned out on a lovely late summer afternoon to watch as the cyclists and their support teams arrived in Bath.  It was all very exciting – and very very fast.  In fact, all over and done with in about 15 minutes from the first riders coming past to the last.

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Didn’t see Wiggo, but I saw the car…

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The front runners rushed past…..

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And lots, lots more

There were tents and displays to browse in the park, and the award ceremonies to watch there too.

A shame then that our local council (Bath and NE Somerset) has such a blinkered view of cycling that they can’t see past its value as a leisure and sporting activity to its potential for helping solve some of Bath’s seemingly intractable problems – traffic congestion, expensive public transport, pollution, and obesity.

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Irony and truth collide

If only the council would invest in making cycling in and to the city safer and more pleasant, there is lots of potential for changing people’s habits and getting more of us on our bikes as the enjoyable and quick way to get from A to B and back again (A being home, B being the local shops, the station, the school, the college, the workplace – you name it).

Fortunately we have CycleBath doing a persistent job of lobbying the council and holding councillors to account, to try to achieve better provision.  This includes the useful mapping exercise Adam the Chair has put together showing which routes through the city work and which ones don’t.  Definitely worth a look.  And if you live nearby and could benefit from improvements, worth a letter to your local councillors asking them to act.

 

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About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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3 Responses to Meanwhile, back in Bath…..

  1. Marian says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I thought you’d be interested in seeing this: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/10/18/cyclist-says-his-pool-noodle-makes-toronto-streets-safer-for-him.html

    (My daughter, a cyclist herself, sent it to me yesterday and I immediately thought of you 🙂 ).

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