17 November - Confusing signs. Can Bexley council do nothing right? - click any image for photo gallery (3 images)
may assume from reading this blog that I dont often venture far from Abbey
Road, Belvedere and in some respects you would be right. After Bexley took over
parking control from the police many years ago, I stopped shopping in Bexleyheath, preferring to drive to
friendlier towns and now that I hardly ever use a car its a habit that
hasnt lapsed. Getting away from Bexleyheath by train from Abbey Wood is invariably far more
attractive. I now realise its a very good job I do tend to confine myself to
such a small corner of the borough; I dread to think how much idiocy I would
stumble upon daily if I went further afield, there is quite enough nonsense
within a few hundred yards of home.
I should have noticed before but I had been pre-occupied with the ugliness of the plethora of new road signs introduced to Abbey Road and Id not properly taken in their full meaning. It looks as though Bexley has bought a job lot of signs and not stopped to consider what was required following the introduction of their recipe for collisions. In the space of a few metres on a pavement devoid of any demarcation between cyclists and legitimate pavement users there are signs indicating cycles flying over parents and children, others only acknowledging the rights of cyclists, some accompanied by warnings of elderly people, and others not. And where signs indicate a demarcation line between cyclists and pedestrians, even though no such demarcation is present, the signs contradict each other, some indicating cyclists should keep near to the road and others the reverse. I suppose its whats to be expected when allowing thickos to occupy positions of responsibility.