New cycle lane opens — on a pavement
BOLTON’S newest cycle lane has opened — on a pavement.
The pavement next to the junction of Blackhorse Street and Trinity Street, in the town centre, has been resurfaced to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.
Council bosses say the new cycle lanes have been introduced to “ease traffic flow around the town centre, particularly for cyclists travelling to and from the university, and the colleges”.
The paths have been widened to make way for the new cycle lane and are on both sides of the road.
A council spokesman said: “There has been no additional cost to introduce the shared facilities and we consulted with the cycle forum before making the footpaths shared use.”
Several pedestrians have spoken out against the cycleway, saying it is potentially hazardous.
Michael Sutherland, aged 19, a student at Bolton College, said: “I don’t think it’s very safe at all.
“I think it’s going to make people hate cyclists more, because they’re just going to be bumping into each other all the time. I don’t think cyclists are going to use it, they’ll be more likely to use the roads anyway.”
Kieran Ip, aged 18, a fresher at the University of Bolton, said: “I don’t like the sound of this. I won’t be cycling on the pavement, because I think cyclists just get in the way.
“In theory, you’d think if cyclists are off the road that there’ll be fewer accidents but they might go on the road anyway.”
However, some people spoke out in favour of the cycleway.
Neil Ghosh, a retired 71-year-old from Lostock, said: “I think it’s quite safe. Because there are not many pedestrians and it’s very rarely going to be crowded. If both pedestrians and cyclists are careful, accidents could be avoided.
“In the town centre, where people go shopping at the weekend, there may be a risk. But at this place, on a major road, I think it’s quite suitable.”
Peter Fairchild, aged 70, of Hilden Street, Bolton, has lived in the borough for 30 years, and cycles regularly.
He said: “This cycleway will stop cyclists being pushed into traffic. There should be a cycle lane clearly marked through the town centre. I also think these should be extended through there. There’s much less chance of fatalities if cyclists are off the roads. Moving cyclists away from traffic is a step in the right direction.”
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