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Video: Shared use shenanigans - rider races himself on road vs new infrastructure

There's only ever going to be one winner here - but some of it looks like a decent route for slower riders...

A reader has raced himself on the road against riding the same route on a new shared-use path - and there's no prizes for guessing which was quicker.

The video, from Dave in Dorset - a regular contributor to our Near Miss of the Day feature - was shot on Wallisdown Road in Poole.

We featured a similar video from Bristol back in December.

> Video: Cyclist times himself on new Bristol cycle path - and finds it's WAY quicker sticking to the road

In that case too, it turned out to be much quicker to be on the road rather than the shared-use path.

Of course, we are big fans here at of fully segregated infrastructure that keeps cyclists away from both motor vehicles and pedestrians.

But, with anecdotal evidence suggesting that more people are taking to bikes during the current lockdown, whether for infrastructure or commuting to key jobs, where that does not exist, shared use paths do cater to the needs of slower, less confident riders.

For the more experienced, of course, the orad remains there.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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