Right! First things first. I shall be leading a seaside Infrastructure Safari from Worthing to Brighton on Saturday 18th August. We shall be meeting at Worthing Railway Station at 12.30pm to give everyone a fighting chance of making it down to the South Coast. The pace shall be leisurely with frequent stops to discuss, take photos and sometimes just laugh at various cycle infrastructure issues throughout the route.
Here is an earlier blog post about the Safari
I have also prepared a detailed google map of the route with links.
Everyone is welcome to join me and I shall ensure that there is a pub at the end (more details on that nearer the time) with a chance to stop for snacks en route.
Anyway, apologies for not writing in a while, dear reader, but my wife and I decided to head to Corfu and Paxos for a week. My Mother in Law stupidly volunteered to look after our son for a week so we could get away for a bit. Although we love our son above everything else, opportunities like this do not come readily. This led to a flurry of research and planning from my wife probably not seen since the planning of the Apollo 11 Mission.
We decided to go to Corfu City for an evening. It has a population of around 30,000, it serves as Capital for the region of the Ionian islands and is very, very beautiful feeling Venetian in character. Whilst wandering around a park (next to the only Cricket pitch in Greece – a legacy of British Empire on the Island), I spotted some vague, ethereal lines painted on the wide pathways, barely visible in the simmering Ionian heat. ‘What’s this?’, I thought. It would appear that modern Britain may have left a legacy too in the form of really average cycle lanes. Since I arrived back in Britain, I encountered these rather good blog posts here and here explaining in more detail what cycle infrastructure was installed in the city. I can only comment on what I saw, which was by sheer chance and I have captured for you in the pictures below. I was going to mention to my Wife how I should have brought a tape measure to check the widths of the path but she might have accurately, firmly and, on balance, correctly kicked me in the testicles.
The lack of cyclists may have been due to the 40 degree heat which always fails to prevent British tourists in adventuring mode.
Here we see a junction where one can leave the shade offered by the park. British readers should be quickest to identify what happened next (although our American friends are very familiar)
Yes, a car parked beautifully across the lane! I encountered this at almost every access/egress point making it an equally hilarious experience for wheelchair users, shoppers and parents with buggies.
So, we have seen vague paths which are a bit narrow in places with even more vague signage, cars parked blocking them and pigeons everywhere. Actually, reading that line back, I’ve just described London with the heat turned up.
I strongly recommend you pay the island a visit.The chilled beers also have the Lo Fidelity seal of approval. Infrastructure nerds in particular have a pretext now, if one were needed.
2 thoughts on “Ionian Infrastructure and a Sussex Safari”
Just came across the website, I love it!
I live in N. Ireland. I have had similar problem on one side of a main road a bike lane (500yds) On my side potholes. which if you walk or doddle cars speed past soaking you (running the gauntlet). I have been onto M.Ps, Belfast City Council, etc no answer this was pre covid also later, a lot of lies from those donuts.
Since then more emails than enough! Any chance of a bike lane that extends for further than 500yds?.
So much for Belfast trying to be green!
Regardless of anything I on my travels have found the majority of European countries to be more accepting of bikes. Your brilliant picture kinda contradicts that line, but hey ho. I found obviously Holland but Germany and Sweden to be very accommodating towards 2 wheels.
Keep writing man its brilliant and makes me think!.
Thank you!! Wishing you all the best in Belfast 🙂