The Barriers round here come in many forms, one starts to wonder if the designers get paid more that way. Sadly there are no warnings about them on the map. There are gates and "A" frames,
steel obstructions, it's easiest to lift your bike over
and British Cycling - funded by motor manufacturers and the right wing media.
The bollards, on the other hand, are pretty standard.
But the boulders are a one-off on this route. However, they do get you in the right frame of mind for
the tank traps. These crop up several times, making me wonder if council officers still think they are fighting the last war somewhere around Gorton!
Finally at Chorlton, there is that sign again. This time, two in a row, just in case you miss the first one.
All this would be a bit of a joke, except that for someone riding a tricycle, a tandem, a four-wheeler, or towing a trailer this route is impossible without help to lift the machine round the obstructions. Many people can't or don't use these routes because the council seem to think that only fit people with conventional bicycles need to be catered for. Sustrans, however, should and does know better.
The Disability Discrimination Act was
enacted in 1995, but the duties on
service providers were introduced
in stages. On 1 October 2004, the
final stage came into force. The duty
on service providers reads as follows:
“Where a ‘physical feature’ makes it
impossible or unreasonably difficult for
disabled people to make use of any
service which is offered to the public,
a service provider must take reasonable
- Remove the feature; or
- Alter it so that it no longer has that effect; or
- Provide a reasonable means of avoiding the feature; or
- Provide a reasonable alternative method of making the service available to disabled people.” (2)
Update: a timelapse video of the route from manchestercyclist
Fallowfield Loop - Ashton to Chorlton