'Insane' Worcester cycle lane peppered with obstacles is 'more dangerous than cycling on the road'

'Insane' Worcester cycle lane peppered with obstacles is 'more dangerous than cycling on the road'

Bungling council launches ‘insane’ cycle lane peppered with obstacles including speed camera, bins, trees and lampposts that is ‘more dangerous than cycling on the road’

  • Worcester cyclists labelled the multi-million pound project an ’embarrassment’
  • Worcestershire County Council are encouraging travellers to ditch cars
  • Bike Worcester chair Dan Brothwell said council should ‘hang head in shame’
  • Cyclists have to dodge a speed camera in the centre of a lane next to a busy road
  • Mr Brothwell said ‘coup de grâce’ was ‘solid white line around the speed camera’
  • Council say it is a balance of ‘improving infrastructure’ and demands on space
  • Cyclists believe someone will get hurt due to the ‘back-of-a-fag packet policy’

Bungling council chiefs have been slammed for building an ‘insane’ cycle lane peppered with obstacles including a speed camera, rubbish bins, trees and lampposts.

The new bike route in Worcester has been blasted by cyclists as ‘more dangerous than cycling on the road’ as it forces them to zig-zag around hazards.

Riders have to negotiate a lamppost and a speed camera right through the centre of the cycle lane next to a busy main road.

The ‘insane’ cycle lane alongside New Road in Worcester has been slammed as ‘more dangerous than cycling on the road’ by cyclists. The lane has multiple obstacles through it including a speed camera right through the centre of the lane… with a carefully painted white line around it

'Someone is going to get hurt': As well as speed cameras and lampposts, the new cycle route is also peppered with trees, which cyclists have to zig-zag around. The route is the pilot of a multi-million pound scheme to encourage travellers to ditch their cars

‘Someone is going to get hurt’: As well as speed cameras and lampposts, the new cycle route is also peppered with trees, which cyclists have to zig-zag around. The route is the pilot of a multi-million pound scheme to encourage travellers to ditch their cars

Other hazards include a rubbish bin which blocks half of the cycle path as well as trees and street-lights which cyclists need to swerve.

Cycling campaign group chair, Dan Brothwell, labelled the multi-million pound project, which stretches 20 miles through Worcester, an ’embarrassment’.

Worcestershire County Council has installed a new segregated cycle lane along the busy New Road in Worcester as part of a pilot scheme to encourage travellers to ditch their cars.

The Bike Worcester chairman said the council should ‘hang its head in shame’ over the ‘dangerous’ lane.

He fumed: ‘It’s an embarrassment, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

‘The coup de grâce is the effort spent painting a solid white line around the speed camera.

‘If the aim is to put Worcester on the map for comic reasons, the council are going about it the right way.

‘Rather than providing infrastructure that offers an improvement to people walking and cycling we are presented with this mess.

‘This does nothing to improve connectivity or continuity of the already shared use path on New Road.

‘The time, effort and money spent on this is a total waste, and could have had far more positive effect spent elsewhere in the city.’

Grandmother Janine Fowles, 58 from Worcester, said that cyclists will 'need to be careful' when cycling on the new cycle route. Pictured: Janine Fowles cycling from Claines to St John's for work

Grandmother Janine Fowles, 58 from Worcester, said that cyclists will ‘need to be careful’ when cycling on the new cycle route. Pictured: Janine Fowles cycling from Claines to St John’s for work

Cyclist Andy Dixon, 23, said: ‘Someone is going to get hurt.

‘I used the lane and I counted at least six objects I had to swerve around. It’s actually more dangerous than cycling on the road.

‘It’s insane. Yet another back-of-a-fag packet policy by the council which has been ill-thought-out and badly designed.’

Grandmother Janine Fowles, 58, from Worcester, said: ‘I got on my bike for the first time because the weather was nice but I was a bit surprised at the number of objects blocking the route.

‘It wasn’t busy when I cycled but I think people will need to be careful coming along the route.

‘Most cycle lanes are incorporated into the road but this one is on the wider pavements which means lampposts and speed cameras are in the way.’

The council has defended the lane, saying it was a compromise between ‘improving infrastructure and the multiple demands on the space’.

Bikers will have to make sure to avoid the bin which blocks half the cycle path next to the busy New Road. Worcester County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, Mike Rouse said the council 'ensured there is enough room to manoeuvre around existing street furniture' and they had to 'compromise between improving cycling infrastructure and the multiple demands put on the space'

Bikers will have to make sure to avoid the bin which blocks half the cycle path next to the busy New Road. Worcester County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, Mike Rouse said the council ‘ensured there is enough room to manoeuvre around existing street furniture’ and they had to ‘compromise between improving cycling infrastructure and the multiple demands put on the space’

Conservative councillor Mike Rouse, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: ‘New Road is a busy link from the city centre to St John’s for walking and cycling.

‘As a new pilot scheme, we have given pedestrians and cyclists their own separate space along the pavement, following the principles set out in the national cycling infrastructure guidance known as LTN1/20 given to all local authorities by Government.

‘During the construction of the scheme, we ensured there is enough room to manoeuvre around existing street furniture on the route, and where room is limited, segregation has been suspended to help assist all users of the space to share with care.

‘This is how we strike the compromise between improving cycling infrastructure and the multiple demands put on the space, including the need for streetlights, which ensure the route is illuminated and any objects like the speed camera can be avoided.’

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