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The Independent

Worcester council spends £10,000 on ‘embarrassing’ cycle lane plagued by lampposts

Council chiefs have been condemned for “losing” greater than £10,000 of taxpayers’ cash on a 150m-long cycle lane that’s peppered with obstacles.

The bike route in Worcester has been blasted by cyclists who’re pressured to zig-zag round quite a few hazards.

Riders should negotiate a lamppost, a tree, bins and a velocity digicam alongside the centre of the cycle lane subsequent to a busy predominant highway.

It has now emerged Worcestershire County Council spent £9,195 on the lane, together with £5,000 portray white traces and putting in bollards.

An extra £3,000 of taxpayers’ money was spent closing a part of New Highway for 3 days whereas the cycle lane was put in in June this yr.

Biking marketing campaign group chair, Dan Brothwell, labelled the venture an “embarrassment”.

The Bike Worcester chairman mentioned: “It’s a humiliation, I don’t know whether or not to chortle or cry.

“The coup de grâce is the trouble spent portray a strong white line across the velocity digicam.

“If the goal is to place Worcester on the map for comedian causes, the council are going about it the appropriate manner.

“Somewhat than offering infrastructure that gives an enchancment to folks strolling and biking we’re offered with this mess.

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“This does nothing to enhance connectivity or continuity of the already shared use path on New Highway.

“The time, effort and cash spent on it is a whole waste, and will have had way more optimistic impact spent elsewhere within the metropolis.”

Bike owner Jon Marshall, 23, mentioned he had virtually crashed twice whereas utilizing the cycle lane.

He mentioned: “I can’t truly consider that the council have squandered ten grand on one thing which is worse than the highway.

“I got here inside a whisker of falling into the highway once I needed to swerve round a bin solely to see a tree in entrance of me.

“One other time I needed to swerve across the velocity digicam however virtually hit one other bicycle owner coming the opposite manner.”

Grandmother Janine Fowles, 58, mentioned: “I acquired on my bike for the primary time when it was put in however I used to be a bit shocked on the variety of objects blocking the route.”

Regardless of widespread criticism, the council insist the lane has been successful, leading to “little or no battle” between cyclists and pedestrians.

Councillor Mike Rouse, cupboard member for highways and transport, mentioned: “Biking infrastructure of any form, which must comply with strict authorities pointers, is dear and this is among the causes we are able to’t set up as a lot as we wish as a council.

“With the New Highway, we had a variety of complaints in regards to the battle between pedestrians and cyclists on the mixed New Highway footway and cycleway.

“Because the scheme was put in, monitoring has revealed that the scheme has been profitable and that there’s now little or no battle as most pedestrians and cyclists are utilizing the segregated lanes which is basically excellent news for each.”

The council is having to make up for years of misplaced floor on energetic journey having misplaced out on greater than £500,000 after two “lacklustre” bids for additional strolling and biking cash fell quick and a 3rd was rejected outright.

The underneath fireplace council additionally acquired the worst potential “zero” score from Lively Journey England, the brand new authorities physique liable for dealing with strolling and biking cash.

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