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Public given opportunity to discuss impact of York cycle lane

Residents say new facility causes more traffic congestion but council resists pressure to change

Cyclists, motorists and local residents in York are to be given the chance to have their views heard regarding a contentious cycle lane in the city, introduced last year at Clifton Green junction.

According to the York Press, the cycle lane has attracted criticism from residents living nearby who believe that its implementation has led some drivers to use their streets to bypass delays, leading for calls for the road to be restored to its previous layout.

But council officials in the city, which has some of the highest levels of cycling in Britain and benefits from Cycling City status are resisting pressure to do so in case that has an impact on future funding from Cycling England.

They are also said to be concerned that any further works could damage water mains on the road concerned.

The cycle lane replaced a previous left-hand filter lane, and the disappearance of the latter is said to have led to motorists heading from Water End into Shipton Road having to wait longer in line than was the case under the old road layout.

The newspaper added that the project had cost £540,000, getting on for double the original budget of £300,000 and that the City of York Council has created a task group to examine the issue.

A report that is due to be delivered next week to the council is said to state that putting back the former road layout would cost £6,000, while reinstating the junction approach could result in expenditure of £30,000.

The York Press adds that the council will now be setting up a public consultation event to enable local residents, motorists and cyclists to put their views across, with their concerns subsequently being assessed by the working party.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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G-bitch | 14 years ago

After living in York for a year, I've no sympathy - you've got to be on crack to drive around the town centre during peak times.

neilwheel | 14 years ago

Drivers :
Start the morning school run 5 minutes earlier.
Put Jeremy Kyle on record on your Sky+ ... it'll still be there when you get back.

Now, calm down.

dave atkinson | 14 years ago

Alternatively we should continue to encourage car use until there are so many that it's impossible to travel at more than about 4mph anywhere in the country in one. Only got to be about 5 years away, surely?  4

@carltonreid | 14 years ago

So, residents should be clamouring for traffic calming (or traffic diverting) measures on their roads, too.

That way the problem is shifted to somebody else.

And those with the new problem of rat-runners should ask for traffic calming (or traffic diverting) measures on their roads, too.

And so on.

nigel_s | 14 years ago

Exactly how it should be. Encourage more cycling by making things less convenient for drivers = less traffic congestion = more benefit for everybody.

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