“A local cyclist, Daniel Cadden, was pulled over by the police in Telford for riding on an A road with a parallel cycle path, and charged with obstructing traffic. His case went to court and was featured in the local press. During a radio call-in show, a local Sustrans ranger rang up and ‘apologised on behalf of all cyclists’ for the man’s irresponsible behaviour. This apology was brought into his court trial as evidence of his wrongdoing….”
“I was telling [the former CEO of Sustrans] about a ride I had done on the National Cycle Network – because of the poor signage I had missed a turn and ended up on a busy A road that was narrow and heavily trafficked. I was terrified for my life because of the fast traffic and the narrow road, and drivers were honking their horns at me. I was surprised when John rebuked me: ‘It’s people like you who give cyclists a bad name.”
Daniel Cadden - charged with obstructing traffic.
drivers were honking their horns at me.
EdinburghFixed wrote:If Sustrans or its employees are (directly OR indirectly) damaging our right to use the road network, we have a problem that cannot be understated.
I just ride on the road. Rather simple, really.
EdinburghFixed wrote:I just ride on the road. Rather simple, really.
So when you get pulled by the police for obstructing traffic on that road, you're happy to be directly funding through your taxes, a cycling organisation which will go on record as saying that you're being irresponsible by cycling on the road? And support your prosecution (whether directly or indirectly)?
Simple for you, worrying for me.
Another odd thing, is that Sustrans is apparently run by a self-elected board with no way for actual cyclists to get in on setting the agenda.
Is this true? Surely in exchange for millions of pounds of taxpayers' money, we ought to have some accountability?
Surely in exchange for millions of pounds of taxpayers' money, we ought to have some accountability?
Daniel Cadden won his case setting a precedent protecting our rights to use the roads, even if alternative cycle facilities are available.
However, your concerns are justified. We have to be careful that Sustrans Routes are considered nothing more than leisure routes by government.
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