Although I’ve got my own bike, I’m still a great fan of the cycle hire scheme and welcome it being rolled out into local communities. However, even I was taken aback by the scale of planning incompetence shown by this one in Meadow Road. Don’t they ever consult with local people? They have managed to locate this cycle hire stand at the junction of three blind corners. To see what I mean, check out Google street view here http://goo.gl/maps/fVj9k
As if that wasn’t bad enough, users would have to stand in the middle of the road when taking and removing the cycles. Talk about an accident waiting to happen. On the off chance that users manage to avoid being hit by cars coming out of the Ashmole Estate or travelling along Claylands and Meadow Roads then they still have street robbers to contend with. There have been a number of robberies in this area and the presence of the cycle rank at this particular location is asking for trouble.