Cyclists likely to be banned from Stevenage town centre
Cars can get closer to shopping area than bikes, claim
Stevenage Borough Council is planning to ban cyclists from pedestrianised areas of its town centre, reports the BBC.
Jim Brown from the Cyclists' Touring Club in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire told the organisation he was 'slightly mystified' by the order which he believes is designed to prevent people cycling in a place where they should not be cycling anyway.
"The strange thing is that Stevenage is supposed to be supporting cycling and has had a cycleway network since the 1950s, but we seem to have ended up with a situation where you can get closer to the shops by car than you can by bike," he said.
However, Labour councillor in the town, John Gardner, maintained that it was only 'popular belief' that cycling was currently prohibited throughout the town centre.
"Actually under the traffic regulations, not all of [it] was covered so this regularises the position throughout," he said.
"The majority of cyclists in Stevenage do not cycle in the town centre. It is only a small number of people who make life very, very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for both the young and the elderly and maybe even the able-bodied on occasions."
He told the BBC that Stevenage remained bike friendly. The banning proposal is currently out for consultation with local retailers but is likely to be enforced in April.