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Off Yer Bike

by | 3rd, September 2004

‘SUCH is the pace of life in Bournemouth that the town has recently been twinned with a snail sanctuary in Portugal.

Also comes in British racing green

This is the town where the vehicle of choice is not a Ferrari or high powered SUV, but a to-die-for electric cart, with optional shopping basket and “My other car’s a hearse” bumper sticker.

Now, as the Mail reports, even the cyclists are under strict instructions to adhere to the 10mph speed limit.

From yesterday, anyone peddling along the promenade at a suspiciously reckless speed could find their way blocked by a figure in a yellow bib clutching a speed gun.

Speedsters are pulled over and given a leaflets explaining how even travelling at 11mph greatly increases the risk of injury to seagulls and men in yellow bibs jumping out in front of you.

“We are trying to prevent accidents by making the people aware of the 10mph limit,” says Chris Saunders, Bournemouth council’s business development officer.

“It is very easy to break the limit because we walk at about 4mph,” he continues, “but we would ask people to leave home a little earlier and cycle a bit slower.”

Or better yet, chuck the bike into the sea and drive everywhere instead…’

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