1. Write to your councillors today!
We need you to say to no to bike barriers today and prevent these new barriers from being installed.
2. Join our protest!
Join us at Wilford Lane tram stop on Saturday 4th May from 10.30am. Adapted cycles, recumbants, tandems and trailers especially welcome (please email email@example.com if you have any concerns about getting here.)
What are the plans?
You can view all 3 proposed barrier locations on a Google map here. Click on each ‘X’ to view detailed design plans.
What should I write?
Personal messages have more impact, even if short.
You could write about –
- Your experiences of barriers and why you find you find them an inconvenience or why they make cycling difficult for you.
- How these experiences makes you feel and their impact on you (especially if barriers prevent you from making journeys by cycling).
If you like, you can add that barriers –
- Discriminate against disabled and elderly riders (not everyone rides a standard 2-wheeled cycle, and not everyone has the physical strength to manhandle a cycle through an awkaward gap). There hasn’t yet been a test case to set a clear legal precedent, but it is possible barriers like these could be breaking the Equality Act 2010.
Sustrans has committed to removing or redesigning 16,000 barriers on the National Cycle Network to make the paths accessible for disabled people and families.
- Discourage people from making journeys by bike, by compromising an integral part of Nottingham’s protected off-road cycle network.
- Don’t work as an effective deterrent due to the relative similarity in size between cycles and types of motorcycles associated with nuisance behaviour.