Cycle network gets some criticism on social media
One of the main hotspots for complaints is Burkes Road
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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