These things which are mentioned are in the snag list. Things which will be resolved hopefully before the official opening. Date will be updated soon.
Today I took a trip on the unofficially open cyclepath on the new luton and Dunstable Busway. On paper it looks like a fantastic way for people to get on their bikes, walk or jump on the bus. Be it for a short journey or to soak in the views on blows downs.
However I've spotted a few issues with it. Some of them could bring dangerous concequences.
Let's explain. Part of the cycleway crosses a dangerous area, Dog Kennel Down. This area is well known for sexual assaults, robberies, assaults and other random crimes.
In 2012 there was a serious assault on a heavily pregnant lady. This sent shockwaves through the community due to the nature of the attack. The council assured people that CCTV would be installed in the area. I don't think the community expected a small temporary mobile camera. The only other cameras I've seen are cctv at junctions for the busway, the stops (both the passenger side and the cyclepath side)
Additonally there are no lights on the pathways. Something which is genreally dodgy given the crimerate in one area, this is not good especially in low light.
One other thing i do not get is the lack of decent paving on the track. It's all stone, in some parts (high street north to dog kennel) the path is attracting creeping brambles and grass growing through the path, meaning they've not prepped it properly. Oh and in the exit to high st north the turn is hazardously tight on stone.
In other parts of the path they have botched it with more stone on top, making it unstable on the path in places.
I do appriciate that some of these snags will be sorted eventually but I am genuinly concerned that some will be ignored until they cause harm to others or their property.
Additionally i see the amazing benefits from having this busway and cycle route. But it only takes a few things to spoil it for everyone.
Opinions on this are truely welcomed,
Tuesday 13 August 2013
The Luton and Dunstable Busway. Cyclepath review