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.