Cy­clists’ safety not con­sid­ered

Nuneaton Telegraph - - LETTERS -

SO Colin Knight thinks that the junc­tion on the A45/Broad Lane is per­form­ing well (Tele­graph let­ters Dec 23) even though there have been three crashes in seven days.

When the plans were first re­leased I wrote to ar­gue that it would be a bad move to re­place the ex­ist­ing traf­fic lights with a round­about as this would be un­safe for cy­clists and pro­vide no im­prove­ment for mo­torists. Now that it is fin­ished we see that it is un­safe for cy­clists and mo­torists.

Mr Knight as­sured us when we spoke on lo­cal ra­dio af­ter my last let­ter that the junc­tion would be safe for cy­clists and even claimed that he him­self was a cy­clist. Well I had the du­bi­ous plea­sure of cy­cling across the junc­tion and found no ev­i­dence of safety mea­sures for cy­clists or for that mat­ter any road user ap­proach­ing from Broad Lane.

The lights do not of­fer a clear path across the junc­tion from Broad Lane and there is no safe pe­riod where traf­fic ap­proach­ing in this di­rec­tion is given a clear ‘right of way’ across the junc­tion.

This now means, as I pre­vi­ously pre­dicted, that there is no safe means of cross­ing the A45 any­where along its length for cy­clists. All of the junc­tions favour cars and most are ac­tu­ally dan­ger­ous for cy­clists. While the coun­cil is busy try­ing to fill the city with stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­clud­ing ex­tra cy­cle rack­ing in some devel­op­ments, it is also making sure that none of us that use bi­cy­cles, as a means of trans­port or for ex­er­cise, have safe cy­cle routes within the city.

I have pre­vi­ously chal­lenged the mem­bers of the Coun­cil to try to cy­cle safely out of the city cen­tre, no one took me up then and I doubt that they will now.

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