Was in Milton Keynes today on unofficial business. I’d heard rumours it had cycle paths, but I wasn’t expecting much. So my folding bike came with me on the train and we were both pleased by what we discovered. A wide, high-quality cycle network alongside most of the roads. Almost Dutch-style, but on a grid system seemingly dreamt up by tic-tac-toe fetishist. (Most of the network was put in place when MK – a planned city – was built back in the 1960s.)
However, I can’t say I was at all impressed by the next-to non-existant signage. Trying to find my way on my own proved impossible. And where signs did exist, they looked like this:
Until today it hadn’t dawned on me how completely essential good signage is to a cycle network.
The silver lining was of course meeting some of the friendly locals via the tried and true technique of asking the way.