Cardiff City Council installs "UK's shortest cycle lane" (that's not it in the pic btw)

Think you know one that's shorter? Let us know!

by Simon_MacMichael   April 4, 2010  

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Cardiff City Council has attracted ridicule after installing what, at just eight feet long, is claimed to be Britain’s shortest cycle lane - although Cardiff Council say it's a safe turning point… so maybe it doesn't qualify.

Whether or not it merits that accolade – anyone familiar with the Cycle Facility of the Month of the Warrington Cycle Campaign’s website will know that there are plenty of contenders for the prize – the new road markings in the Welsh capital have left local cyclists scratching their heads.

According to Cardiff City Council, the facility, on Adam Street close to Cardiff jail, which cost £2,000 to put in place and comprises will help cyclists deal safely with a new layout which is currently being put in place.

The new cycle lane was originally flagged up on the Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club website by one of its members, Kevin Hughes, who described it a: “probably the shortest one in Cardiff may even be the shortest one in Britain - so the gauntlet is down to find the most ridiculous cycle lane.” He added: “I found another this afternoon opposite CIA [Cardiff International Arena] - a bit longer say 3m but about 20cm wide!”

Mr Hughes was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

He continued: “I posted a picture of it on the club forum and it's started a bit of a laugh. I've got no idea why it would be there. You couldn't ride a bike down there anyway because cars go flying past."

According the the newspaper, a spokesman for Cardiff City Council claimed that the lane was meant to “"highlight the interface between the eastbound carriageway and the beginning of a new contraflow facility".

He said it would help cyclists cross the busy city centre and give them somewhere safe to stop before turning.”

The spokesman added: “The purpose of the new facility is to enable cyclists to ride safely and legally in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic. The marking helps to highlight the point at which cyclists can turn left off the carriageway to join the contraflow facility."

Have you used this new facility and is it useful? Do you know of a shorter cycle lane in the UK? If so, let us know in the comments below, and send us a picture if possible.

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Here is the shortest one I've come across: http://tinyurl.com/ye9har9

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
6th April 2010 - 11:28

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handlebarcam wrote:
Here is the shortest one I've come across: http://tinyurl.com/ye9har9

Zooming out on the map reveals it's next to RAF Fairford - maybe it was put there so startled cyclists had somewhere to recover after being buzzed by a landing B52 during the Iraq War!

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7818 posts]
6th April 2010 - 11:34

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That's short Handlebarcam! Is it meant to be a proper cyclepath though? (Yes I know, even if it was meant to be it wouldn't be) cos looks like it's some sort of turning place for cyclists - so they can cross the road and use the contraflow cyclepath running along the pavement on the other side of the road.

The question is, is it useful?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4130 posts]
6th April 2010 - 11:48

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Yes, it is a place to pull in and wait to cross the road. Probably even the most timid cyclist wouldn't bother except maybe once a year when the airshow is on. It just always amused me when I passed it at 20+ mph - too fast to actually figure out what it was the first couple of times.

On the other end of the scale, here is a cycle route only the bravest cyclist would use, as it is pointing straight up a slip road on to the A34, the main route for juggernauts hauling containers, fresh of the boats in Portsmouth and Southampton, up to the Midlands and beyond: http://tinyurl.com/ydy74bz (Keep clicking the forward arrow to see how narrow the hard shoulder is, and bear in mind this stretch is notorious for cross winds that are occassionally strong enough to blow trucks over.)

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
6th April 2010 - 14:47

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posted by neildmoss [173 posts]
6th April 2010 - 22:37

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handlebarcam wrote:
Here is the shortest one I've come across: http://tinyurl.com/ye9har9

I suspect it's a drop-zone / landing-strip for the new sport of paracycling [cyclist-parachutists]. Wink

posted by Recumbenteer [140 posts]
24th April 2010 - 17:34

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