Cycle bridge proposed for Colchester's Castle Park

PLANS for a pedestrian and cycle footbridge in Colchester’s Castle Park have been submitted.

The new 23.3m long and 1.7m wide bridge, designed for walkers and cyclists, would replace an existing 20m footway over the River Colne, next to Castle Park Cricket Ground.

It will also be designed to be used by vehicles weighing up to 3 tonnes.

Colchester Council planners have recommeded the plans are approved at a meeting on February 13.

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11:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Having experienced an aggressive cyclist recently at Middle Mill, I have no wish to share a footway with any of them. Let them use the road like any other wheeled vehicle. If they cannot slow down and fit in with pedestrians then they shouldn't be given the right to clash with them. 1.7metres wide. Do you appreciate how small that is?
Having experienced an aggressive cyclist recently at Middle Mill, I have no wish to share a footway with any of them. Let them use the road like any other wheeled vehicle. If they cannot slow down and fit in with pedestrians then they shouldn't be given the right to clash with them. 1.7metres wide. Do you appreciate how small that is? Jess Jephcott

7:21am Thu 6 Feb 14

jim_bo says...

Its 5'5" wide, not many vehicles under 3 tonnes will be able to use it as it's too small.

I can't see the point of it as you can cycle round the park easily enough via Leisure World and Middlebrough.

Of course if it's a case of the bridge needs replacing, then stop cutting corners and build one fit for purpose.
Its 5'5" wide, not many vehicles under 3 tonnes will be able to use it as it's too small. I can't see the point of it as you can cycle round the park easily enough via Leisure World and Middlebrough. Of course if it's a case of the bridge needs replacing, then stop cutting corners and build one fit for purpose. jim_bo

8:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Having experienced an aggressive cyclist recently at Middle Mill, I have no wish to share a footway with any of them. Let them use the road like any other wheeled vehicle. If they cannot slow down and fit in with pedestrians then they shouldn't be given the right to clash with them. 1.7metres wide. Do you appreciate how small that is?
Then of course there are aggressive motorcyclists we all have to contend with daily!
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Having experienced an aggressive cyclist recently at Middle Mill, I have no wish to share a footway with any of them. Let them use the road like any other wheeled vehicle. If they cannot slow down and fit in with pedestrians then they shouldn't be given the right to clash with them. 1.7metres wide. Do you appreciate how small that is?[/p][/quote]Then of course there are aggressive motorcyclists we all have to contend with daily! Say It As It Is OK?

9:22am Thu 6 Feb 14

Biggus Davus says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Having experienced an aggressive cyclist recently at Middle Mill, I have no wish to share a footway with any of them. Let them use the road like any other wheeled vehicle. If they cannot slow down and fit in with pedestrians then they shouldn't be given the right to clash with them. 1.7metres wide. Do you appreciate how small that is?
So from one encounter with someone riding a bicycle you tar every cyclist with the same brush.
Nice attitude!
I was riding a bike the other day and a pedestrian stepped out into the road in front of me without looking, does that make all pedestrians idiots?
Are you a pedestrian?
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Having experienced an aggressive cyclist recently at Middle Mill, I have no wish to share a footway with any of them. Let them use the road like any other wheeled vehicle. If they cannot slow down and fit in with pedestrians then they shouldn't be given the right to clash with them. 1.7metres wide. Do you appreciate how small that is?[/p][/quote]So from one encounter with someone riding a bicycle you tar every cyclist with the same brush. Nice attitude! I was riding a bike the other day and a pedestrian stepped out into the road in front of me without looking, does that make all pedestrians idiots? Are you a pedestrian? Biggus Davus

9:47am Thu 6 Feb 14

Simon Taylor says...

I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...
I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes... Simon Taylor

10:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

The point I make is that, for reasons of safety for pedestrians, A mother and child walking across the bridge will take up most of the space. Why should they be put in danger by some hooligan on a bicycle?
The point I make is that, for reasons of safety for pedestrians, A mother and child walking across the bridge will take up most of the space. Why should they be put in danger by some hooligan on a bicycle? Jess Jephcott

12:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Biggus Davus says...

Quite right, because every single person riding a bicycle is a hooligan, right?
Quite right, because every single person riding a bicycle is a hooligan, right? Biggus Davus

12:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wardyt says...

Simon Taylor wrote:
I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...
Completely agree
[quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...[/p][/quote]Completely agree wardyt

1:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

romantic says...

Simon Taylor wrote:
I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...
It is a shared route, and one which I use quite often (if it is the bridge I am thinking of) and in reality, cyclists do slow down and let pedestrians across. I have never yet seen a mother with pram faced down by mad hooligan cyclists.

But yes, of course, people do have to slow down when pedestrians are around, and not be aggressive in their attempts to pass. Personally, I consider that most cyclists already do so - on this specific bridge, not necessarily every where, before half the world jumps down my throat.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...[/p][/quote]It is a shared route, and one which I use quite often (if it is the bridge I am thinking of) and in reality, cyclists do slow down and let pedestrians across. I have never yet seen a mother with pram faced down by mad hooligan cyclists. But yes, of course, people do have to slow down when pedestrians are around, and not be aggressive in their attempts to pass. Personally, I consider that most cyclists already do so - on this specific bridge, not necessarily every where, before half the world jumps down my throat. romantic

1:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

romantic says...

Simon Taylor wrote:
I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...
It is a shared route, and one which I use quite often (if it is the bridge I am thinking of) and in reality, cyclists do slow down and let pedestrians across. I have never yet seen a mother with pram faced down by mad hooligan cyclists.

But yes, of course, people do have to slow down when pedestrians are around, and not be aggressive in their attempts to pass. Personally, I consider that most cyclists already do so - on this specific bridge, not necessarily every where, before half the world jumps down my throat.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: I think the point is that the current bridge is even narrower and is already treated as a shared route. All users should be respectful and cautious, and perhaps slow down sometimes...[/p][/quote]It is a shared route, and one which I use quite often (if it is the bridge I am thinking of) and in reality, cyclists do slow down and let pedestrians across. I have never yet seen a mother with pram faced down by mad hooligan cyclists. But yes, of course, people do have to slow down when pedestrians are around, and not be aggressive in their attempts to pass. Personally, I consider that most cyclists already do so - on this specific bridge, not necessarily every where, before half the world jumps down my throat. romantic

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