Thursday, 21 May 2015

Pavements are not for pedestrians in Borehamwood.

This is a sign displayed in a street in Borehamwood, Herts. The local council obviously believes that it says, 'No cycling'. A very common and confusing perpetration. A glance at the Department of Transport's guidance on road signs will inform them that the red ring around the sign signifies prohibition, as does the diagonal red line. Thus the sign says, 'No, no cycling'. If there is no, 'no cycling', then there is cycling. It is a double negative. I can understand that they do not want cyclists to use the pavement and I concur with that desire. Adding the assertion that, 'Footways are for pedestrians' in their case is cynical to the point of hypocrisy.

This is what they have done with the pavement.

The pavement is clearly not for pedestrians, or pushchairs, or wheelchairs or window cleaners with ladders. It is a depository for street furniture.

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