Mayor Blakespear,That's the second serious injury this week.
I understand another cyclist was injured on the new Cardiff bikeway this morning, this time northbound, and taken away by ambulance.
I’m sorry but this facility, though well-intentioned, is far more dangerous than even those of us who recognized the inherent dangers anticipated. It’s the wheel stops. And this has nothing to do with the project being incomplete. The wheel stops need to be removed immediately. Before someone is killed. Seriously.
UPDATE (in response to the first comment below): The original issue was that the new path is far too narrow and full of pedestrians for cyclists to use, so cyclists have to go out into the 45-mph car lane.
The new issue is that the asphalt barriers are far more dangerous than even the bike people imagined.
"Wheel stops" is probably not the term preferred by city traffic engineers, but it accurately describes both the appearance and the function.
I don't think a solid barrier would alleviate the problem. You'd still have bicyclists crashing into the solid barrier as they dodged pedestrians.
It's much like the pedestrian zone at Swami's, except there's a bike lane at Swami's so cyclists aren't forced to choose between the pedestrian zone and the car lane. Blakespear took away the bike lane in Cardiff.