Worcester cycle lane (Image: Twitter/@MTBfreedom) A new cycle lane in Worcester has been slammed by local cycling group Bike Worcester (link is external) and ridiculed in the press after pictures of the obstacle-packed infrastructure — including a speed camera — appeared on social media.
Apart from the path-blocking speed camera, the segregated cycle lane on New Road has obstacles including lampposts, trees, road signs and bins for riders to avoid.
And while Worcestershire County Council said it was a challenge to improve infrastructure within the "demands on the space", the chairman of Bike Worcester has called it an "embarassment" and a "total waste" of time, effort and money. "It’s an embarrassment, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry," Dan Brothwell told Worcester News (link is external) . "The coup de grâce is the effort spent painting a solid white line around the speed camera."
"If the aim is to put Worcester on the map for comic reasons, the council are going about it the right way," he continued before saying the council should "hang its head in shame".
"Rather than providing infrastructure that offers an improvement to people walking and cycling we are presented with this mess. This does nothing to improve connectivity or continuity of the already shared-use path on New Road.
"The time, effort and money spent on this is a total waste, and could have had far more positive effect spent elsewhere in the city." The lane is so eye-catchingly problematic, it has even attracted national press attention, with […]