Wrong side of the road in Peterborough

Northern cycle route exit from Long Causeway

Northern cycle route exit from Long Causeway

The previous cycle route ran to the RIGHT of the vehicular one. (It was one of two city centre roads which require moving to the wrong side of the roads and was a top local knowledge quiz question.) It was used by cyclists to EXIT Long Causeway onto Broadway. During recent new surfacing work, inexplicably the old route has been blocked off by a new bit of fence.

Long Causeway is one way for vehicles but two way for cyclists.

No entry signs at the EXIT of Long Causeway don’t make sense, even to car drivers, who wouldn’t see them, if they were driving in the right direction. The road is one way for cars, (isn’t it?) which would be coming towards you in this picture. The only vehicular exit is via Cathedral Square. Which is behind you.

Only council permitted vehicles are allowed in past the rising bollards. Although they are not currently working, it looks as if a new monitor has been installed.

An exit is required onto Broadway for cyclists. At the moment cyclists are cycling straight past the completely pointless no entry sign and over the potentially rising bollards.

Is the council planning to

  • reinstate the previous cycle route and remove the fence? This would separate cars from bikes and leave a favourite quiz question intact.
  • remove the no entry signs?
  • add a cycling contraflow sign (as at the roundabout end of Cowgate)? But if it is going to do this will it explain how it intends to ensure cyclists aren’t accidentally impaled on a rising bollard they haven’t noticed?

We did have a Council Leader who wanted to abolish cycling in the whole city centre. He lost his seat in May.

While he is gone, I for one am hoping the Council will be able to resolve this particular road sign nonsense quickly, sensibly and constructively. And if whoever is responsible for traffic signs in the city wants to comment below, he or she is very welcome.

There is hope.  The view in the other direction makes a little bit more sense, (except for the temporary signage).

Long Causeway towards the Cathedral

Long Causeway towards the Cathedral

 

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The Peterborough speech

S JacksonMP bbc headlines

The BBC reported this speech nationally. Peterborough woke to find itself on the telly. But not everybody in Peterborough was thrilled to have our city highlighted in this fashion.

Cllr Lisa Forbes (Labour) can be seen behind Stewart Jackson and on her left, Cllr Darren Bisby Boyd and Cllr John Fox.

Here are two videos shot by the Green Election Team. Their quality is not good, and the sound track is patchy, but they do perhaps give different perspectives on an event which has been tactfully edited and framed by the mainstream media. Be aware that many cameras flash.

They show Jackson’s isolation on the podium before the other candidates walk out together. They show him stealing the Deputy Returning Officer’s thunder by giving the game away. But they also show how the crowd greeted him. It really can’t be very nice being Stewart Jackson.

Stewart Jackson Election 2015 Part 1 from Fiona Radic on Vimeo.

This is the first of two videos giving some context to the “controversial” Stewart Jackson MP acceptance speech made at Peterborough Showground in the early hours of May 8th.

Stewart Jackson Election 2015 Part 2 from Fiona Radic on Vimeo.

Stewart Jackson’s acceptance speech in the early hours of May 8th put Peterborough into the national headlines. This is the second of two videos which give a bit more context.

This speech is appearing in many uploaded recordings, not all of them shared publicly. Here is one which is:

Huffington Post has reported it.

Mainstream media

This is how the Peterborough Telegraph reported the speech.  Peterborough has only one printed newspaper left.

Radio Cambridgeshire covered it too.

Shailesh Vara’s acceptance speech

In stark contrast here is Shailesh Vara’s acceptance speech, which took place after a long delay during which a missing ballot box was found and or lots of counting had to be redone because the total votes in two electoral areas exceeded the total electorate. By that time in the morning I frankly had no idea if my leg was being pulled or not.

Shailesh Vara Election 2015 from Fiona Radic on Vimeo.

Shailesh Vara speaks to the few people still standing at the end of the count of North West Cambridgeshire votes.

A few of the Greens still on their feet at dawn

Here is what is left of our exhausted Green Party team under the electric lights of the Showground while outside dawn breaks.

Dawn breaks on 8th May

This is my first video post! If anyone knows how to get rid of my profile pic on the video embeds do please tell!