February 20th, 2011
This week the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, The CTC, find themselves fighting against the removal of a segregated cycling lane in Brighton, which local councils plan to rip out to help improve traffic flows. The proposed £1.1 million project will completely remove the path and low curb to help free up more space for the increasing volumes of traffic on the roads. In 2008 Cycling England pledged £800,000 to half-fund the cycling lane, but after the build were left disappointed by the design as it did not meet the promised Dutch standards. For most cyclists the lane made riding down the stretch of road more dangerous, as drivers ignored the low curbs and often left their vehicles parked across it. However, the CTC and other local campaign group ‘Bricycles’ are apposed to the council’s plans and are now fighting for improvements to the lane, rather than its removal. They believe that the local council should be working with them to improve the lane, and cut down on law-breaking drivers, who endanger the cyclists using it. The proposals will go to the Cabinet on 17th February before being taken to Full Council on 3rd March 2011.