Join the Consultation on Bridge Street Bikers...put your spoke in...by Aug 14th!
The consultation is about plans to fully extend a cycling ban along BRIDGE STREET, the PCC says "to help protect pedestrians" on their way to Poundland, Anne Summers, a few charity shops, endless Pizza outlets, pop up shops,bookies, classy amusement arcade, moneyshop and Greggs... and a few national stores that always remain closed on a Sunday.
Cycling is already prohibited between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday in Bridge Street, Peterborough, but the city council (ie Marco ) is proposing a blanket daytime ban to include Sundays as well.
Councillor Lucia Serluca, Cabinet Member for City Centre Management, said: "There has been a substantial increase in trading on Sundays in recent years, so they are now as busy as any other day. We also have more open-air seating at cafes so this just seems to make sense.
"It is not acceptable to cycle on a busy pedestrianised street. It is not safe for the pedestrian or the cyclist. Cyclists should therefore dismount and push their bikes along Bridge Street which only takes a couple of minutes"
Bless, yes she really did say that! The PBROTRIB would love to see Cllr Serluca pushing a pushbike along Bridge Street in under two minutes. We'd buy tickets for that! It could be a new Olympics sport. New World Record even! The Bridge Street Dash.
Or a relay bike push with all the councillors taking part! Trouble is both sides would lose as some Councillors never turn up for civic events but still bank the money! We've exposed a few in the past, even given out awards...
Cllr Lucia Serluca points to the increase in open air seating at cafes - that would also include Greggs. What she doesn't say is that the tired rows of tatty flyblown tables and dirty chairs, (Please take a closer look Environmental Services - they are disgusting! All need deep steam cleaning) most of the seating is enclosed, (not freely available to the public), is also a massive cash cow in pavement space rentals for the council, from the cafes and cake shops behind.
There are even 'home made' prohibition signs pasted up demanding that you do not eat your own food and drink at their flyblown , and rarely cleared (GREGGS !!) tables.. Imagine what the out of sight food areas could be like, if the public food areas are so shabby?!
She also fails to mention that the expensively installed muncipal public bench seating all along Bridge Street is permanently covered in bird sh*t and rarely cleaned. So few people can actually sit on it, but children, toddlers even, can easily tranfer the bird sh*t to their mouths! Still that could be an expensive insurance claim against the council if proven. So short sighted...
You never see Councillors sitting on the municipal seating, perhaps holding open air focus groups? Engaging with the public even? Perhaps they could wheel out a set of portable 'behind closed doors' screens? Amazingly the existing cycling ban in Bridge Street has been in place for 20 years. Police have the odd go now and again but you can tell its a chore, rather than cutting edge crime prevention.
It sadly will be approved, robotic voting will see to that now that Labour is effectively in the minority Conservative camp. The Labourites being bought off with couple of places in cabinet and the chair of a committee.
It could therefore be introduced in October, just in time for Winter, and new signs would be put up in Bridge Street, enforced by Police... At least the Winter tumbleweed would have free access all along the deserted City centre streets..
The measures are supposed to protect pedestrians, we would suggest that protruding unprotected low level tow bars from street vendor vans, would cause more of a problem than a few cyclists.
Clearly if garish electric kiddie rides, Trampolines, Carousels, Sky TV sales booths, The Donut Trailer, garden plant and bushes, POSH shirt sales, Unregulated one day food fairs were all cleared away, a winding cycleway could be installed along the central area, well away from shop frontages, but consider all the money the council would lose in space rentals?
Clearly its not about the public but the ability to rake in the cash whilst cutting services and expensively outsourcing the remainder... The PBROTRIB view is that a blanket cycle ban is massive overkill, and with reduced police on patrol will never be effectively enforced and effectively puts up two muncipal fingers to the concept of a green City.
They don't bother with this in Cambridge, where legions of cyclists and pedestrians co-exist, so why is the council all in a lather about it? Or is this another step to the downtown Rome gentrification of our English City ? Wide open spaces, street vendors and endless pizza....
Feel free to add your thoughts and send it all in as a contribution to the consulation, the PBROTRIB will be sending the above.
The consultation opens on Thursday 24th July and comments must be made in writing by 15th August. (we suggest the 14th August as being a better bet, last minute submission tend to get ....lost.
Comments can be emailed to:
or sent to Peterborough Highway Services, Dodson House, Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5FS.
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