If we have to do it at all, why do we dress to the edge and make cycling more difficult? New hot rolled asphalt often has smooth, stone free, water channels left at the kerb.
These are a pleasure to cycle on, and are apparently OK to drive on. Later, when surface dressed, this smooth bit is patchily coated with gravel and the cycling and draining surface lost.
Seeing as we are trying to reduce aggregates, why scatter them on bits we don't need?
Finally, if someone does see the light, can the savings in stone, binder and labour please be quantified? This will help show that cycling is good for the budget as well as our health.
Neil Kermode, neil. kermode@bigfoot. com