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Nottingham cycle graffiti artist strikes again

Sign appeared on busy main road saying "cyclist priority", while council defends road safety improvements and vows to remove graffiti...

Graffiti has appeared on Nottingham roads highlighting cyclist safety twice in one week.

An unidentified individual – or individuals – sprayed “unsafe bike lane” near tram lines last week, before a white stenciled bike logo with “cyclist priority” appeared on Mansfield Road, on a busy main road. It is not known if the two are linked.

Nottingham City Council has defended road safety in the city, pointing out £6.1m is being spent on cycle improvements, while condemning the graffiti as dangerous.

Warning graffiti appears on Nottingham cycle lane near tramline

Mike Mills told the Nottingham Post Mansfield Road is part of his daily 10km commute and more needs to be done for cyclists safety at the location.

He said: "This section, where the recent cyclist priority message was painted is well used by cyclists. But with no provision made for them, they are forced to mix with buses and taxis in the bus lane.

"Obviously, given that it is a steep hill, cyclists can be slow moving and the bus lane is heavily used. Less confident cyclists are forced onto the pavement, others that remain in the lane end up with three or four buses behind them leading to close passes or conflict between road users.

"Over the brow of the hill where lanes merge the situation becomes worse, with no clear road markings for anyone, and you are forced to run the gauntlet with merging cars and buses with the only provision for cyclists being a metre-long strip suggesting you go up onto the pavement, where you would then be riding illegally.

"Given the large numbers of cyclists using this stretch, the clear conflict between road users and what appears to be plenty of space for improvements, it's pretty clear that better provision for cyclists should be made with wide or fully segregated cycle lanes.

"The argument could be made that the entire length of Mansfield Road from Sherwood to the city is seriously lacking in provision for cyclists."

A council spokesperson told the Post Mansfield Road has recently been improved, with further upgrades underway across the city as part of its £6.1m cross-city cycle project, thanks to Cycle City Ambition Fund money. She said: "The safety of all road users, including cyclists, is a top priority for the council.

"We have recently improved the traffic lights at the junction of Mansfield Road and Forest Road to make it safer for cyclists and Mansfield Road will eventually form part of the northern cycle corridor.

"There have been no reported collisions on this stretch of Mansfield Road in the last five years, so it is not a particularly unsafe bit of road.

"We will be removing this graffiti as it could confuse or distract motorists, which would be dangerous. We would also strongly discourage anyone from painting graffiti on a road as they are putting themselves and others at great risk."

Work started on Nottingham’s "cycle superhighway" in October,  one of a number of cycle routes being introduced across the city as part of £6.1m Cycle City Ambition Fund money from government.

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