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Dangerous for cyclists on the road

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 09:30, Tue 4 November 2014

Sent to Wokingham Borough Council 1 minute later

Since the recent changes were made to this section of Lower Earley Way with the addition of traffic islands in the middle of the road, you have successfully made this section of road very dangerous for those of us who prefer to cycle on the road.

Every time I ride down this road I always get someone try to overtake me past one of these traffic islands. This is putting my life at risk, and WBC have made a once safe cycling road very dangerous. These traffic islands need to be removed as a matter of urgency before someone is seriously injured or worse. They sever no purpose and only make things worse for more vulnerable road users such as myself.

I do not wish to use the new cycle lane provided, as I ride too fast and this is also dangerous for what few pedestrians use this path.

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  • Have you tried using Cutbush Lane then Kilnsea Drive? Might be more cyclist friendly.

    Note that 14,000 vehicles a day use Lower Earley Way and the cycleway has disadvantaged both cyclists and motorists...

    Posted anonymously at 12:21, Wed 5 November 2014

  • Yes I have in the past used Cutbush Lane and then Kilnsea Drive. But because I am a fast cyclist I don't like using these shared foot/cycle paths, especially when they are covered in wet leaves.

    I'm not surprised at the volume of vehicles that use LEW, and you are quite right. These changes have made it worse for everyone.

    As a cyclist I don't want to hold other roads user up, and these traffic islands do exactly that, and they put me at unnecessary risk.

    What annoys me is the recent changes they are making along the Wokingham Road, they are installing a new cycle lane, and are removing most of the traffic islands so are not to create pinch points. Why have these two roads been designed differently?

    Posted anonymously at 09:09, Thu 6 November 2014

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