Whitley Bay has a large network of traffic-free streets. Like those elsewhere, they’re more desirable places to live, where people don’t have to worry about traffic noise, and children can play free of the fear of failing their Green Cross Code. You see hopscotch grids chalked on the paths, and people chatting with their neighbours. House prices are correspondingly higher.
You could also view these as the de-facto traffic free cycle network for the people who aren’t brave enough to use the roads. Wife uses them when she rides into town, and I like them when I’m riding with Daughter – we can bimble along and chat without having to worry about White Van Man revving his engine behind us.
Yes indeed, those foreign chappies from the other side of the North Sea could certainly learn a thing or two from us:
Oh. Hold on a minute…
Yep. Pretty much every single one of them has a “No Cycling” sign. I had hoped that these had been put up in response to an over-zealous ward councillor many years ago, but that the paperwork legalising them hadn’t been done.
But no. They did it properly. As recently as 2010, the council made a Traffic Movements Consolidation Order to cross every “I” and dot every “T”.
Still – at least this puts all such streets in a nice neat list.