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cycle path

On 18 Sep 2015 at 6:38pm the Lewes Flea Market wrote:
I would be interested to know why some cyclists, particularly the Sunday morning enthusiasts, choose not to use the wonderful new cycle path between Ringmer and Lewes.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 7:22pm Sjep76 wrote:
I thought the same thing today when on 2 seperate journeys to Ringmer there was 2 cyclists on the road.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 8:34pm Rik wrote:
Lots of cyclists use it,some don't. It's not compulsory is it? Some bike lanes are frustrating if you are moving fast. If I am on a long ride it can seem hardly worthwhile to pull off the road for half a mile. Having said that I do use the Ringmer path quite a lot and it is great for less confident cyclists.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 8:48pm Cliffe wrote:
Given the cycle path to Ringmer cost 10's of thousands of our councils haven't got but is required to provide due to national criteria I'd have hoped it would be wall to wall bikes.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 8:52pm MTB'er wrote:
Don't forget, the "Cycle path" is actually a shared usage path for use by pedestrians as well. If a cyclist is confident and fast enough, it is safer for them to use the road, than upsetting pedestrians on the path.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 9:01pm Tom wrote:
It looks pretty impressive, but made me wonder why this could be provided for cyclists but not safer crossing points for pedestrians. It's a choice to cycle, but not a choice to cross busy roads if you live close by. Strange priorities! I'd like a crack down on speeding cars and lorries, and where is the signage that tells motorists to cut their speed when entering Lewes from Ringmer. Sorry, bit of a rant, but honestly it did strike me as odd, especially when you try and cross Malling Street or into Daveys Lane from Aldiss etc.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 9:06pm Tom wrote:
Just seen the above post. Didn't realise it was a path for pedestrians too, good, but my point about needing better pedestrian crossings and enforcement of speed limits around and within the town still holds.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 9:12pm John Smith wrote:
The cycle path was built with a grant from Sustrans, I think. And yes, it's a shared path with not just pedestrians but dogs too, heading up to Malling Down. As a pedestrian and dog owner I do worry that a fast cyclist might suddenly materialise.

I'd love to see proper safe crossings in town. However it seems that until a child actually dies at the various blackspots in town then we won't get any. (I don't know if an adult counts; perhaps there's a point system?)
On 18 Sep 2015 at 10:50pm Fred wrote:
The bikers want their space, it's there, use it and get of the roads. They can't have it both ways.
On 18 Sep 2015 at 11:28pm Rik wrote:
Yes we can Fred!
On 19 Sep 2015 at 7:15am Super Trooper wrote:
I thought a MTB was a motor torpedo boat
On 19 Sep 2015 at 9:33pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Local council tax payers didn't pay for the Ringmer path. The first half was paid for by a Ringmer developer. The second part (and the Egrets Way down to Newhaven) were covered by a special grant Norman arranged to the South Downs National Park in his last week as a junior transport minister.
On 19 Sep 2015 at 10:13pm MaxPain wrote:
I do understand, the better the cyclist; the more difficult they are to pass. I can pass in my little car, cyclists doing 15mph. When they are doing 35mph - I may have to wait for a long clear straight to pass..
So, cycle paths do not solve any problems for a road used by recreational and hard core cyclists.
If I could 35mph for any length of time, I would prefer to use the road; Not a bike path. So then; should I pay road tax for the bike as well as the car?
On 19 Sep 2015 at 10:26pm ar10642 wrote:
Actually Fred, yes we can. Highway code rule 61: "Cycle Routes and Other Facilities. Use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time it is unsafe to do so. ***Use of these facilities is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills***, but they can make your journey safer."

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