21 April 2006

Is your local council looney too?

One of the things that sends me into a civic rage is the visual pollution of our streets and highways by the absurd decisions of local council planning departmentss. One is meaningless road markings - such as those politically correct but completely useless cycle paths which go nowhere and no sane cyclist would use. Or how about those huge white stripes to indicate bus lanes which are only operational for a short while in the rush hour. [And since almost all bus companies are now completely commercial, why should they be given any priorities?] Another which I am going to start photographing is the sprouting of income-generating commercial advertising on roundabouts, adding to the visual clutter the motorist has to decipher.

So I was glad to note that a group in Warrington have a deeply ironic web site devoted to those mad cycle lanes which if followed would lead you to nothing but a certain death. See them here at FACILITY OF THE MONTH

Actually, Great Manchester also features in an item I spotted recently on the amusingly nerdish Pathetic Motorways site. This lists motorways which are hidden, secret, unfinished, unbuilt - and in Manchester's case the shortest in the UK - a 300 metre stretch of the Mancunian Way flyover. See them HERE

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