MP Brands Bristol ‘Unsafe’ for Cycling

An MP has branded Bristol unsafe for cycling despite it being named as one of the first ‘cycling cities’ in the UK 4 years ago.

kerry mccarthyAn MP has branded Bristol unsafe for cycling despite it being named as one of the first ‘cycling cities’ in the UK 4 years ago.

Labour MP Kerry McCarthy said that roads are crowded and that lanes designed for cyclists are confusing.

“Bristol is approaching gridlock, it’s got the slowest average traffic speeds of any city,” she said.

“The cycle lanes are incredibly confusing. To get round Temple Meads to join the Bristol and Bath Railway path, there are little bits that start and then stop.”

“We have to look at what changes we can make – whether it’s closing some roads or introducing 20mph zones, things that can be done that can make it safer to cycle.”

Jon Rogers from the city council said that almost £23million has invested since Bristol became a ‘cycling city’

“We’ve got 8,000 new bike racks, 2,000 new signs, and 53km (33 miles) of new and improved routes, but we need to keep that sort of investment going for years.” he told local press.

“There are some cyclists around that think they own the road and they don’t, but then there are some car drivers and bus drivers that think they own the road and they don’t.

“We have to share and respect one another.”

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