Cy­cle net­work gets some crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia

One of the main hotspots for com­plaints is Burkes Road

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

BLOCKED cy­cle lanes, slower traf­fic and mis­use of cross­ings are just three com­plaints stem­ming from a town’s new cy­cle net­work.

Bea­cons­field’s cy­cle net­work may have won awards al­ready but peo­ple are still tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to share their wor­ries and gripes about the new paths.

The net­work cost £50,000, given from a gov­ern­ment grant on the pro­viso that it be spent on im­prov­ing ac­cess to the rail­way sta­tion, in Sta­tion Road.

The re­sult was changes to the New Town, with new cross­ings, a round­about and marked cy­cle lanes.

Burkes Road be­come the cen­tre com­plaints.

It now has a cy­cle path, but cars are of­ten parked in it.

On Twit­ter Joanne Smal­ley @Smal­lJo said: “Com­pletely point­less! On roads that couldn’t ex­actly be de­scribed as par­tic­u­larly hazardous to cy­clists...And cars park in them all down Burkes Road any­way – Another ex­am­ple of coun­cil money wast­ing! (I has

of cy­cle daily).”

Cour t n e y - Rac h e l l e Ak­er­man, com­mented on Face­book: “The cy­cle lanes are hell!

“Cy­clists sit in your blind spots & now the evenings are darker it’s harder to see them. The cross­ings are in silly places..

“You come round a cor­ner and have to slam on brakes as some­one on cross­ing! Not to men­tion the traf­fic it causes.”

Suzie Dolan added on Face­book: “Cy­cle lanes are ridicu­lous!! And other driv­ers don’t un­der­stand that if a cy­clist is us­ing their side of the road the on com­ing traf­fic has pri­or­ity, not them com­ing onto your right of way to over­take them! Very dan­ger­ous!!!

“And the cross­ings I find ev­ery­one that crosses by Costa crosses on the cor­ners in­stead of the cross­ings.”

Though not ev­ery­one be­lieves the change is a bad thing.

Sean O’Far­rell said on Face­book that the lanes did mean traf­fic was slower through the town, but said it was a small price to pay for en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to cy­cle.

“I recog­nise the changes haven’t been uni­ver­sally well re­ceived but change rarely is.

“How­ever, send­ing the mes­sage that this is a town to be walked around in, cy­cled in and en­joyed in­stead of just driven through is some­thing that I think will ben­e­fit us all in the long run so in that con­text I wel­come th­ese changes.”

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