26 July 2012
Sometime this afternoon a painted 'nobike' sign appeared on the pavement outside the Chrystal Macmillan bldg on George Square. (actually on the only dropped kerb along the north of george square.)
Yes people - including me - do cycle (gently) along there to access bike racks and covered storage from MMW. Doubtless we shouldn't, but is that really the most important thing that needs fixing on George Square?
I would not mind so much if there were equivalent 'no pedestrian' signs on Meadow lane. But you can't even cycle on the road (much less the cycle contra-flow lane) because of people wandering across obliviously, usually texting or chatting. Last week a coach was parked on Meadow Lane, going the wrong way, on the double yellows, blocking all access up and down the Lane.
I would also not mind it if there were also some 'no stopping' signs along the edges of the square where the Heriot's parents idle their engines while collecting their little darlings.
Or if the setts on George Square were kept in something resembling decent quality, but they are loose, uneven, and full of holes.
All these factors combine to make George Square a nightmare for cyclists. Why pick on them?