Make Union Street Great Again!

I made a few signs about the event coming up in Aberdeen on Saturday, 3rd February, asking for a bike path for Union St. I put one of the signs in Foodstory on the weekend and they took a photo of it and posted it to Facebook! Foodstory are the best. Please go there!

I’m not sure how many people will be at Saturday’s event. If you live in Aberdeen and want to join us then please let us know via the event on Facebook at

It’s such a no-brainer to me to have a bike path on this busy, polluted, congested, central city street which goes right through the middle of town. There is no parking on Union St at all so all the cars on it are using it as a through-road to somewhere else. They’re not stopping at the shops – which have been in decline for a number of years now – because they can’t park there. Instead they’re creating an eyesore – unless you think traffic is beautiful – generating toxic fumes, and making the street hazardous for other road users.

A protected bike path will open up the street to more foot traffic and help rejuvenate the city centre and the businesses that depend on people, not cars. Protected bike paths also allow young children, the elderly, and people with disabilities to get around independently.


7 thoughts on “Make Union Street Great Again!”

  1. What a wonderful project! I hope it succeeds. I added this blurb to my spam post because I wanted to publicly give you, and WP/Askimet, credit for fixing the problem. Thank you Rachel. You rock! Here is what I added to the post:

    Good News Update: Rachel M, a fellow blogger, and WordPress/Askimet engineer has fixed my spam problem. Thank you Rachel and WordPress/Askimet! To see Rachel’s blog click on:

    1. I’m glad it’s working for you again now. Akismet is not 100% accurate and it does get it wrong sometimes so you can contact us anytime if this happens again. And thanks for the support for my project!

  2. This has just reminded me about the local cycling event – where they close the roads for one morning, and encourage everybody to cycle to work. I need to find out when it is and take photos (and record it on my helmet camera).

  3. FYI: IIRC, and hopefully there’s a relevant link on the page, local bikers got this rolling by using reflective tape and cones to do a single-day one-block guerilla street modification.

    One other thought is to put up your own air quality monitor on Union St., or at least do periodic sampling. These monitors are getting pretty affordable and have started to have a big impact in California. I can find a few specific links if you’re interested.

    1. I am inspired by those guerilla bike paths. I saw one recently made with toilet plungers. However I don’t want to do anything illegal because I’m not a citizen yet and I don’t want to be shipped off to Australia like my ancestors were 🙂

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