Monday, 26 January 2015

Is this Britain's silliest cycle lane? New Bristol bike lane sees cyclists dodging trees and lamp posts . . .

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Is this Britain's silliest cycle lane? New Bristol bike lane sees cyclists dodging trees and lamp posts

Cited at:
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Britain-s-silliest-cycle-lane-New-Bristol-bike/story-25787686-detail/story.html


The UK's shortest cycle lane? David Stone spotted this very short lane in Frampton Cotterell

The new bike lane in Nelson Street

The new bike lane in Nelson Street

The new bike lane in Nelson Street

The UK's shortest cycle lane? David Stone spotted this very short lane in Frampton Cotterell

The new bike lane in Nelson Street

IS this Britain’s daftest cycle lane? Bristol City Council has installed a new bike lane in the city centre that sees cyclists have to dodge trees and lampposts.

The new lane has been painted onto the pavement in Nelson Street to allow cyclists to travel in thedirection of oncoming traffic in relative safety while major road works are carried out.

The zig-zag bike lane has been labelled as one of the most unusual in the country. Cyclists using the new lane, which has cut into a busy pedestrian walkway, will have to weave in and out of trees and lampposts every few metres.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “The cycle lines in Nelson Street are temporary because the work on the other side of the road has narrowed the width of the one-way carriageway. The original cycle lane will be reinstated once the work has been completed. It is not an ideal situation but we are monitoring the operation closely during the development work.

“These types of segregated cycle paths are intended to make cycling safer however there will always be times when a bit of common sense is needed. We always advise that cyclists travel at a speed that is appropriate for a shared path and that they take heed of pedestrians and other path users. We hope that all cyclists bear this in mind as they travel throughout the city.”

Nelson Street is not the only place to house a bizarre cycle lane in the region. Earlier this year Bristol Post reader David Stone couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted a new lane as he cycled along in Frampton Cotterell.

The lane, which has since been dubbed one the country’s shortest, covers just a few yards.

It appears out of nowhere in Heather Avenue, and comes to an abrupt end at a road junction with Park Lane.

Mr Stone said: "Is it the shortest cycle lane in the UK?" before adding the tongue-in-cheek comment: "It may be South Gloucestershire's contribution to the National Cycle Network.

"It would have been twelve inches longer but council cutbacks have called for prudence when allocating the use of taxpayers' money."

Mr Stone added: "I just happened to be cycling through Heather Avenue, which is not a road I use very often, when I came across this outstanding addition to the road markings.

"There was not another cycle lane marking either in Heather Avenue or Park Lane, the road it joins.

"I have no idea how long it has been there but a new mini roundabout has recently been located in Heather Avenue – it may be they had some paint left over!"

But South Gloucestershire Council has distanced itself from the lane, saying it is most likely the work of developer Barratt Homes, which has recently completed work on a new housing estate called The Meads.

A spokesman for the authority said it is likely the lane was added to help protect those on two wheels joining the road from a "shared space" pavement for pedestrians and cyclists running alongside it.

He said: "It is believed that it is there to protect cyclists who have returned to the road.

"In the planing application for the development, there is an agreement to provide for safety at road junctions."








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