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    Keptquiettillnow wrote:
    Almeda11 wrote:
    colincarter25 wrote: I am gald that the cyclist is OK but what is the point of cycle paths/lanes if they do not use them
    But they do use them, l have seen many cyclists on the paths in Prittle Brook, the cycle path that runs along Victoria Ave past the old llibrary, as well as the paths along the seafront. The problem is that there is no direct route along the London Rd, fro Leigh into Southend Victoria Plaza, so people, some of them anyway, cycle on the pavements. There are many areas along the London Rd, from Leigh, past Chalkwell park where they have unused green areas, which could be reduced to make way for cycle paths, to the London Rd in Westcliff to Southend, where, in many places it is entirely possible to paint a white dividing line on the outside of the pavement ( outside Nathereth House, for example) and where the cyclist would be travelling in the same direction as the traffic. At least that way the cyclist would be confined to one part of the pavement, as happens in Germany, and the pedestrian would know where they are, and not subjected to cyclist weaving in and out all over the place Why our council cannot see this simple and logical fact is beyond me, probably too sensible and logical for them, but it works there and could easily work here.
    Its always made me question the councils intentions when they wanted the Super Casino they had to undertake a fact finding mission to Las Vegas to make sure. Why not pop up to Harwich and take the ferry to the Hoek v Holland when it comes to cycling and cycle planning? The sad truth is they really do not want people to cycle in Southend.
    The council are very slow, and totally lacking in common sense and LOGIC. l mean, WHY would they bother to spend OUR money, ie the TAXPAYERS on a stupid little bit of cycle track, that starts just before London Rd, then goes just around the corner into Avenue Road, where it ends abruptly.

    Makes NO SENSE AT ALL, the cyclist would have cycled there anyway, a waste of time and money.

    And the bridge connecting Hamlet Rd and Clifftown Rd, again, a bit of cycle track, all painted nice and green with a bike on it. Very artistic but WHAT B ------DY use is it??? lt DOESN`T CONTINUE !! again, a total waste of time and money.

    We need JOINED UP CYCLE TRACKS TOGETHER WITH JOINED UP THINKING of which Southend council is lacking in. So l hope all the people who ARE WORKING on here are HAPPY TO PAY for this rubbish, ARE YOU?."
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UPDATED: Cyclist injured after bus collision on Thorpe Esplanade

A BICYCLE rider has been injured after being involved in a crash with a bus in Thorpe Bay.

Paramedics were called out at 10.45am to the incident which happened on Thorpe Esplanade at the junction with Thorpe Hall Avenue.

The incident happened after a bus and cyclist collided.

Treatment was given to the male bike rider at the scene with a police spokeswoman saying his injuries are thought "not to be serious".

Slight delays are being caused in the area as the bus is blocking part of the road heading towards Southend town centre.

The bus was removed from the scene at 12noon but police kept the road was partially shut off at the junction with Burges Terrace while investigations were carried out.

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