Grimsby town centre is now the subject of a review of its cycle lanes after an accident involving a female cyclist took place on one of the cycle paths there. The lane involved in this particular accident runs right through the middle of the pavement instead of running alongside the road, as is more common with cycle paths. Many other cyclists in the area have voiced their concerns over the design, saying they too have had problems using the path. According to reports, pedestrians quite often don’t see the path is there and walk right across it, sometimes potentially into the path of a cyclist.
Carol Beasant was cycling along the route when a young girl walked right into her path. Mrs Beasant fell off her bike and ended up suffering a haematoma and a grazed knee. Her husband agrees that the path is badly designed and should be looked at before more accidents happen. Dangerous cycle lanes can be dangerous for pedestrians who do not see them, as well as for the cyclists who are entitled to use them. Hopefully Grimsby will find a solution.
Aren’t cycle lanes meant to be there to keep cyclists safe?
They are indeed, and for the most part this aim is achieved. However, there is always the potential for a cycle lane to be created in an area where it doesn’t work as well as it should. Dangerous cycle lanes are just as bad for cyclists as riding in the road, where they may be in danger of getting hurt in accidents involving traffic. Thankfully these lanes are mostly easy to use and safe for cyclists to ride on. It is only on the odd occasion that this aim doesn’t have its intended consequences.
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Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown