...well, certainly not for cyclists, if this email from Belgian reader Frank is anything to go by:
I like reading your blogspot and there is a lot of truth in it. Especially about TDC, who seem to be run by a bunch of idiots. They can't even reply to emails.
I am trying to get TransEuropa Ferries (TEF) to take bicycles on board. The answer of TEF is that the port of Ramsgate isn't safe to take bicycles. I find this hard to believe because it was safe enough when Sally ferries used to run it. I have sent several emails to TDC and new port Ramsgate asking for an answer. This was over a month ago. So far I got a reply from the harbour master Mr D. Evans who said I should ask TEF...???
Mr Michael Roberts can't read nor Mr Ezekiel as they have not replied. I thought that TDC is the owner of the port of Ramsgate so surely they could give an answer. I just want them to say that the port is safe for bicycles so I can show the answer to TEF.
Could you help me with this as I trust some members of TDC are readers? I think Thanet can use every bit of tourist money and bringing in cyclists could benefit the area as they will need a place to sleep/drink/eat, unlike the tourists who arrive and drive further on to London, etc.
Good point, Frank. I can see that it would be unsafe for cyclists to access the port through the tunnel, but there's no reason why they shouldn't use Military Road, which could easily be connected up with our marvellous, islewide network of cycle paths. What's so bloomin' annoying about TEF and TDC is they seem to be geared entirely to bloody great lorries or wind farms at the expense of foot passengers, cyclists and cars, who would surely bring much-needed dosh to the island's economy. Down the road in Dover they've announced a new ferry service, and launched a 113,000 tonne supercruiser all in the past week. There's no reason to suppose that, with more dynamic management, Port Ramsgate couldn't be just as prosperous.