|Photo courtesy of chdot via flickr|
You think that sounds silly? On the one hand, I agree with you. With fatalities from crashes and obesity epidemics, you'd be right to think that we need to think big about safety and supporting novice cyclists. And that's going on too (keep Sunday 19th of May clear in your diaries).
But sometimes the smallest victories are the sweetest. And this week, a dropped kerb that I've written many emails and tweets about was finally installed.
It may not look like much, but it is one of the main access points to Harrison Park and the Union canal towpath. This means that hundreds of commuters and leisure cyclists use it everyday. And, anyone who's tried to get a bike with a childseat, tagalong, or trailer up (or down) a dropped kerb, knows just how much harder that is.
The depressing thing is that this bit of kerb had actually been dug up and replaced a year or so ago, well after this kerb was supposed to be on a list of planned improvements in the area. Like the pothole patching I blogged about earlier in the year, it is just such a waste.
|More pics in my flickr stream|
So we're talking not just about small things making us happy, but retro-active things, which ought to have been unnecessary.
Is this wrong? Ought we to be more focussed on the big picture? Getting policies in place? Yes. that's important too. But there's a case to be made for incremental change too. And a quiet satisfaction in getting it done right.
Now, we just need to get that cycle counter installed on Middle Meadow Walk....