Sorry folks, but I just had to share this one... One couldn't wish to find a better example of the nimby, petty mindedness of 'Middle England' (Oh and the UK's seemingly genetic hostility to cyclists...). It's all so wonderfully over the top at first I thought it was a spoof... Kenilworth Weekly News Friday 30 may 2003. KENILWORTH ON A ROAD TO RUIN Abbey Fields will be 'ruined' if county officials get their way and allow cyclists to cross it. Kenilworth residents are outraged by proposals, discussed last week, to put a cycle route through the Fields. The plans are part of a much larger scheme to develop cycle links between Kenilworth, Warwick University, Coventry, Warwick and Leamington. Exact paths have not yet been chosen but one possibility is for bikes to be allowed on to Abbey Fields. Forge Road resident John Drew is furious about the suggestion. He said: "It is absolutely scandalous and goes against everything I believe. "Ever since I can remember it has been taboo to have bikes in Abbey Fields. It would be the destruction of the countryside and it must not take place. Kids on bikes won't stick to the path. Can you imagine them putting a cycle path through the Jephson Gardens? It would be horrendous. This could ruin Kenilworth completely. I have never heard of anything so awful and I can't believe anyone is so crass to even think about it." http://www.kenilworthtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=698&ArticleID=525408 Anyone know if it is possible for a UK citizen to claim asylum in somewhere like France, Denmark or the Netherlands? Seriously though, anyone else got any good tales of Nimbyism (especially cycling related nimbyism of course)? I'll start you off with a tale of my own... When I worked for the local council Ferriby parish council put high security padlocks on a path along the River Humber (and which had been reconstructed at a cost of £670,000) to deter 'unwelcome' users (including cyclists of course). When I asked if they were concerned that it might prevent disabled users gaining access I was told 'If a disabled person is so keen to use it they will be keen enough to do some research and find out who owns the padlock'! I was also told the path could not be used by cyclists as the area was used as the local dogs toilet by 'up to 100 dogs daily'. The path was supposed to form a section of the Trans Pennine Trail which at the time was routed along a main road. When the undesirability of this was pointed out the parish council sent a letter suggesting that cyclists who did not wish to use the main road should take a train!