Drivers furious after council tells cyclists to IGNORE cycle lane and use whole road instead after Highway Code change
ENRAGED Bournemouth motorists have slammed their council after they recommended cyclists ignore 7ft cycle lane and use the middle of the road instead.
While a large cycle lane sits alongside the A35 in Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, the council has sparked fury in an attempt to slow down traffic in the town centre.
Despite the option of the cycle lane, Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council have painted large bike symbols in the middle of the road as well – making cyclists ‘think they own the road’.
The move has angered the local community, with Nick Beck asking: “If there’s a dedicated cycle lane, why are they being directed to cycle in the main carriageway?”
Steve Martin said: “You put cycle lanes in and then paint cycle symbols on main carriageway. Cyclists now seem to think they own all the road and won’t move over.”
A spokesperson for BCP Council said: “We recently undertook carriageway resurfacing and have widened the cycle lanes in line with current standards.
“The road markings highlighted are there to encourage cyclists to take a prominent position in the lane.”
Changes to the Highway Code earlier this year allowed cyclists to ride in the middle of quieter roads and ride two abreast, but Donna Clarke argued that “it should be in the Highway Code that cyclists must use cycle lanes if available.
“This is utterly ridiculous, causing tailbacks, delayed emergency vehicles and frayed tempers.”
BCP Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, pledging to make all its operations carbon neutral by 2030.
Locals believe this latest move is part of a plot to drive motorists off the road.
The council again infuriated its constituents last year, when it spent £102m building two cycle lanes alongside a main road.
Drivers have said this left no room to make way if an emergency vehicle needs to pass, as the new cycle lanes are separated from traffic by 6in raised curbs and ‘hemmed-in’ road-users.
On its website BCP officials boast to have ‘improved the safety of cyclists and walkers at key transport locations using the £312,000 Government Emergency Active Travel grant.”
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