Plans for new ‘shared space’ to make roads safer in Newcastle could put walkers in danger according to environmental consultant Paul Bennison. The plans to create the first of new cycle routes into the city centre are ignoring pedestrian safety and could be putting people at risk. The cycle routes will be shared by pedestrians, particularly at the busy Broadway roundabout which could create a risk for young children walking to local schools in the area. Paul Bennison has stated that there should be a separate path for pedestrians to keep them safe from cyclists using the new paths. Newcastle gained funding for the new routes from government funding and £6 million has been set aside to make the new pathways possible.
Although many cyclists have stated previously that they would not cycle due to the dangers, Mr Bennison states that he would not allow people to walk on the new routes where there are cyclists. Mr Bennison has worked on hundreds of planning consultations and suggests that there has been a rush to spend the allocated money and no focus has been put on walkers in the area. However, the Newcastle City Council have stated that the plans are in place for both walkers and cyclists and shared pathways work well in other areas of the city.
Dangers to vulnerable road users
Cyclists and pedestrians are among the most vulnerable of road users making cycle and pedestrian safety a top priority. There is a higher chance of serious injury if a vulnerable road user is involved in a road traffic accident therefore dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths can help to reduce the risk of injury. Although many drivers use the roads safely and respect vulnerable road users, many drivers do not show the same respect on the roads. If you have been involved in an accident which has been caused by a reckless driver or road user, you may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured in the accident. You can call a claims company like the Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
Contacting the AAH
You can contact us via our 24-hour helpline to discuss making a claim for an accident that was someone else’s fault. This means that you could have been involved in a road accident with a drunk driver, a reckless driver or someone who was driving over the speed limit. You can speak to our advisors about your case and we can give you an idea of how successful your claim may be.