Aberdeen beach cycle path

About a month ago the Aberdeen city council announced plans for a bike path at the beach. This is being developed from part of their spaces for people funding which is money they received to help pedestrians navigate in a world with a novel virus flying around. I was interviewed for the story when it appeared in the press. The Aberdeen Cycle Forum also provided the city council with a supportive quote for their own press release. A segregated bike path at the beach is something we support.

Previously at the beach cyclists could cycle on the pavement alongside pedestrians as it was a shared-use path. Shared spaces are not great as I’ve previously mentioned on my blog and so I welcomed the new segregation and thought others in Aberdeen would too. People frequently complain to me about cyclists cycling on the pavement and the council has, over the years, had many complaints about cyclists on the pavements at the beach even though cyclists were entitled to be there.

I tell a person I’m a cyclist and they immediately feel the need to list all the bad things cyclists do like cycling on pavements or going through red lights. Yet if I say I’m a motorist I’m never given the list all the bad things motorists do and let’s be realistic about it: motorists going through red lights or driving on pavements can inflict far more damage than a cyclist ever could. Yet for some reason I have to defend every cyclist that ever did anything wrong.

But I digress. The proper segregated beach cycle path will take cyclists off the pavement and then people will stop complaining, right? Unfortunately not. I’ve never seen so many complaints online as in the past week since work at the beach started. The complaints are from everyone from all backgrounds. Even from parents with children who I’d have thought would welcome safe space for their children to ride bikes. It’s exactly like this cartoon:

3 thoughts on “Aberdeen beach cycle path”

  1. It’s stupid of people to complain about the problems of shared lanes and then complain when that problem is taken away. It just shows people’s own problems and prejudices that manifest themselves as selfishness. It makes things so unpleasant for everyone, I am so sorry that people are being like this.

    1. Thanks for your support, Denise. I was thinking more about this after my post and in the context of climate change it really is unbelievably selfish. We all want action on climate change but as soon as someone has to make a change themselves they protest. They’re happy for others to make sacrifices as long as it doesn’t inconvenience them. I emailed the council yesterday to find out how much parking is being removed and practically none of it. It will mostly all still be there but shifted about 2m from the pavement which means people are complaining about walking an extra 2m.

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