The picture above comes from the sustrans.org.uk website. It shows the section of National Cycle Route 15, the bit that runs between the Turner Centre in Margate and West Bay. The green section indicates a traffic free dual use path (bikes and pedestrians) and the red boxes have been put in by old allatsea himself, with dodgy shaking mouse control. The red bits show the sections of the National Cycle Route where Thanet Council have decided cyclists aren’t allowed to cycle!!! Not between the end of May and the end of September, during the day anyway.
The reason?? Goodness knows but here at the Towers we suspect it’s because the great wobble bottomed, sedentary, Beach Hut brigade feel threatened by the proximity of passing lean and beautiful cyclists. Possibly. It’s certainly puzzling, either sustrans.org have got it wrong and it’s not a NATIONAL CYCLE PATH in these bits, or Thanet Council, in their (ahem) wisdom, have got it wrong and permitted beach hut renters and cafe owners to clog and block the cycle path. Hmmm, the truth should be told!!
On a passing note, the greens bits on the map above are designated as ‘traffic’ free areas. Can someone please tell the drivers of the 7 vans and lorries that were travelling along said route this morning between 0915 and 0930, and the numerous private cars that were parked on the cycle path too. Deepest of deep cycling joy.
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