New Hessle Road cycle lane labelled 'accident waiting to happen'
An angry road user says a new cycle lane in west Hull is “an accident waiting to happen”. Duncan Peddie supports the provision of cycle lanes in the city, but claims a newly-installed lane at the junction of Hessle Road and Priory Way is “dangerous”. The new cycle lane has been painted by the council on the Hessle Road dual carriageway and means cyclists will have to go into the middle of the road to make way for left turning traffic – with a speed limit of 40mph.
It is part of a new scheme by Hull City Council for safer cycling measures on Hessle Road to “improve existing cycle lane infrastructure between Brighton Street and Priory Park roundabout”. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here.
The council say the scheme will help to “provide physical segregation between cyclists and moving traffic” while also “protecting on street parking in an area where the demand is high”. However Mr Peddie says the move is “crazy and dangerous”.
He added: “Cars will have to cross the cycle lane to turn left. It’s an accident waiting to happen. “I’m all for the provision of cycle lanes but this layout is dangerous.
Especially with it being a busy junction. “My first thought was, how long will it be before an accident happens?” Speaking at the time of the announcement of the development, Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said: “Since being awarded the second round of funding from Department of Transport, we are now able to progress with our second phase of safer cycle routes which includes Hessle Road.
“We want to ensure that we take into account those who use our roads on a regular basis, and that is why we launched Commonplace, an interactive platform for people to have their say on the new cycle lanes.
“Alongside this, we will also be engaging directly with businesses in the area.”
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