Pedestrian Zone? Pavement cycling? Welcome to Hastings.

Unusually for me, I decided to venture into the town centre pedestrian zone.  I walked up from the square in Priory Meadow, unsurprised by the Bmx’s whizzing past.  People have come to treat this as ‘how things are’.  No-one raised an objection or even looked surprised.

I wasn’t surprised to see cyclists speeding across the pedestrian zone.  A serial pavement cyclist that I have come to recognise, decided to cross the road, even though the light was green and cars were trying to use the road. This kind of arrogant act really winds me up.

 

Above:  This is the same area that I saw the cyclist today.  It appears that there is no more traffic wanting to cross the road, unlike today.  And yes, she has been cycling through the pedestrian zone.

 

There were plenty of other cyclists passing through at speed.  There were a number of familiar culprits.

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Sussex Coast College – Disappointing experiences seeking help.

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Having moved from St.Leonards in 2010, Sussex Coast College (formerly Hastings College) is one of the first things you see as you arrive in Hastings and leave the train station.

As you leave the station you are often greeted by the site of students and teachers smoking outside the college. The ground is littered with gum and fag butts and at particularly busy times, students can stretch from right outside the front doors, right across to the road and people arriving or leaving the station will have to ziz-zag through students. Often the odd skateboard or two is careering across the path. This whole scene was for some years, framed rather depressingly, by the mediocre message writ large on a banner, that Ofsted had rated the colleges teaching as satisfactory (now rating at good).

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A Postcard from Hastings

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Above: A postcard of people on bikes, merrily breaking the law, in Hastings. Not available for purchase!

A postcard scene of Hastings to show the subject matter of this blog.  Whilst I wrestle with internet problems from moving providers, the wordpress blogging (beast) platform and my illness, I was mucking around and came up with this.

Most of these cyclists are probably, blissfully unaware that they are a real hazard to many folks, or even that they are breaking the law.  Hastings Council has proved unwilling to do anything.  East Sussex County Council are equally unaware and unwilling to do anything.  The police.  Local politicians.  Is anyone paying attention?  I won’t rant anymore.  That will come later!

 

Priory Meadow, Sussex Coast College and my ankle

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Above:  It’s just not cricket.  I got hit by a skateboarder at Priory Meadow, Hastings.  It wouldn’t be my last collision.

 

About two years ago, I was walking through Priory Meadow, Hastings, when a young man on a skateboard came flying towards me, his Sussex Coast College pass flapping around his neck. He looked straight at me, the intent in the eyes said ‘get out of my way’. However, I am ill.  At the time, I was suffering from slowed reactions.  Although he was about 4 meters away, with time to move, he didn’t want to.

Crack…

Yes, that’s my ankle he’s gone straight into. Ow. F@#k. What a …

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Hastings, 1066 A.D – England’s first pedestrian bike collision

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This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

There is still some dispute as to how Harold died.  Was he struck in the eye by an arrow?  Was he actually hacked to death by swords?  Or did he survive?

Well, I have some interesting news and am pleased to present this amazing discovery right here.  Whilst doing some repairs on the tapestry, one of the expert restoration weavers discovered something unusual.  A patch of unusual threading.  What came next astounded the experts.

I give you – England’s first bike accident…

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