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Just seen a BristolPost article about the Balentine bridge behind Temple Meads station: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/cyclists-ignore-signs-ask...

I often cycle over this as it’s quicker and easier for me to not dismount. Also, I take up less space going through the stupid chicane when I stay on my bike rather than walking alongside my bike.

How do other Bristolians navigate it?

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harragan [245 posts] 9 months ago
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Dismount.

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Bikebikebike [387 posts] 9 months ago
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ride

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Canyon48 [1055 posts] 9 months ago
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Cycle usually. If it's really busy I'll get off and walk.

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Redvee [405 posts] 9 months ago
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I ride over Valentine's Bridge and drive over the other one in my HGV, or used to till I ripped up the surface last time I drove over it. 

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theironduck [93 posts] 9 months ago
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Normal procedure:  try to ride (it is normally early-doors on a Sunday when I go that way and there are no peds about), struggle to navigate the chicane,  fail to unclip in time, collapse on floor or against railings, swear, get up, walk across, pretend that's what I intended all along...  

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hawkinspeter [2368 posts] 9 months ago
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Redvee wrote:

I ride over Valentine's Bridge and drive over the other one in my HGV, or used to till I ripped up the surface last time I drove over it. 

So, you're the clown that did that. How long does it take to fix that bridge anyway? It's been months and all they've done is remove the top surface so that they can get some quotes.

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FluffyKittenofT... [2195 posts] 9 months ago
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According to the earlier story linked to in that article, the whole problem only arose because of damage caused by one of those new-fangled self-driving vehicles.

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The bridge, which is only meant for pedestrians and cycles, was closed after a vehicle - understood to be a lorry - drove onto it by mistake, uprooting panels in the process.

This is why we need human drivers - had one been present they might have been able to prevent the lorry from making such a serious mistake.

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hawkinspeter [2368 posts] 9 months ago
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FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

According to the earlier story linked to in that article, the whole problem only arose because of damage caused by one of those new-fangled self-driving vehicles.

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The bridge, which is only meant for pedestrians and cycles, was closed after a vehicle - understood to be a lorry - drove onto it by mistake, uprooting panels in the process.

This is why we need human drivers - had one been present they might have been able to prevent the lorry from making such a serious mistake.

It was probably following Asimov's laws and preventing further harm to people from the cheese-grater surface.

Clever lorry!