The position of diversion signs put in place in Oxford while roadworks are carried out to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are to be reviewed – because cyclists are having to swerve to avoid crashing into them.
Cyclists have complained about the danger caused by the placement on a cycle lane warning motorists of a diversion while work is carried out on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council on the £450,000 New Headington Transport Improvements scheme.
One of Oxfordshire County Council’s own members, Councillor Roz Smith, said that she herself had almost hit one of the signs, reports the Oxford Mail.
“I have nearly collided into one of them and there have been a few complaints about it,” she revealed.
“Putting diversion signs in the way of cyclists and pedestrians does seem to be something that happens quite often.”
James Styring from local cycle campaign group Cyclox commented: “It is an irony that the work is to make the streets more accommodating for cyclists.”
Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Owen Morton said the council was aware of the issue and would investigate whether they could be moved.
“We appreciate the diversion signs may be causing some inconvenience for cyclists,” he said.
“We will look into whether they can be better positioned while still fully visible to motorists. We are striving to keep disruption to a minimum and look forward to providing a much improved environment for cyclists and pedestrians in the area.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.