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'Mandatory' cycle lane plea after cyclist hit by vehicle in Lincolnshire

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

CONCERN:  Boston Road in Sleaford where cars are often parked in the advisory cycle lane.

CONCERN: Boston Road in Sleaford where cars are often parked in the advisory cycle lane.

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A SLEAFORD dad is calling for a cycle lane to be installed along Boston Road after his son was knocked off his bike.

Garry Wilson's 21 year old son was thrown from his bike at around 11am when a car pulled out of St Giles Avenue and hit him.

He was unable to use the cycle lane along Boston Road as cars were parked in it, which is allowed by the Highway Code so long as there is no alternative.

The lane which has a broken white line is known as an 'advisory' cycle lane.

Mr Wilson said: "You can get a parking ticket for parking in a safe loading bay while nipping into a shop but they don't seem to give them out for parking in a cycle lane – this is just crazy.

"I certainly think there is a case for it to be a compulsory one down there.

"I have often commented about people parking on the cycle lane when I'm cycling down there as it's something I wouldn't dream of doing for common sense reasons."

Luckily Mr Wilson's son, who didn't want to be named, was not hurt from the accident but he said he thought the issue should be highlighted.

He added: "If there was a mandatory lane along there it would be easier for children to cross the road from the Recreation Ground without having to negotiate between the parked cars."

A spokesman from Lincolnshire County Council said: "We would advise cyclists is to take extra care when pulling out of a cycle lane to manoeuvre past a parked car.

"Obviously we can't advise anyone to cycle on the pavement.

"As a council we offer training to every school in the county. Last year we gave cycling safety training to 5,000 children, this year it'll be 6,000 children."

They added that the advisory cycle lane on Boston Road would automatically be replaced by a mandatory one if the new Link Road is built through the Recreation Ground.

If the new road doesn't go ahead then they said that work to change this lane into a mandatory cycle lane could start next April.

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  • ribvanrey  |  December 14 2013, 10:36PM

    Here again. You can have it if to sell your souls to Tesco. Magic money can be found to paint the full line. That amount of money is only needed to grease District Councils not put a line of paint to save lifes

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  • Roadwatcher  |  December 14 2013, 9:34PM

    Waiting till April? Complacent about road safety? It's probably nothing to do with the cause of the collision, but I use that junction several times a week and it has always mystified me as to why when the old park fencing was replaced, the planners decided that it would be a good idea to install the hand gate into the park directly opposite the road junction - an open invitation to people arriving by car, to pull up directly opposite the junction. The rest of that road may well be clear of parked vehicles, especially outside the working day in spring & summer, but if someone pulls up in a car to use the park or it's facilities, if they can they pull up opposite the junction - there shortest route into the park. And of course where they then often proceed to then offload their kids. Action should be taken to prevent parking there, a road which is getting increasingly busy. Whether it is folk going to the park, to & fro from the swimming pool car park, along to the football club or perhaps just going about their daily business. Oh yes and you can often get around the town quickly by nipping down to the dual carriageway if the traffic is queuing at Carr Street - just slow down as you go past the police station! Perhaps it's time there was a pedestrian crossing nearby too. That also mystifies me; busy road, recreation ground, no safe place to cross. And why oh why the planners arranged the railings at the Station Road junction in such a way that the majority if pedestrians crossing there will walk into the road the wrong side of the railings - a much shorter & far more hazardous route! I really think planners need to understand a lot more about road user behaviour.

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  • 4caster  |  December 14 2013, 7:41PM

    The car coming from the side road should not have hit the cyclist on the main road, whether the cyclist was on a cycle lane or not. If a parked car obstructed visibility, the driver coming from the side road should have taken extra care, but is still to blame because the cyclist on the main road had right of way.

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  • discostoo  |  December 14 2013, 6:08PM

    Should have bought him a car.

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