Heaton Park cycle route and gates (Jesmond Dene, Twitter) Cyclists and locals have been left bemused after a new painted cycle route, introduced as part of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, appeared to direct them straight towards a pair of permanently locked gates.
The bike lane has been installed in Heaton, a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, as a new addition to the area’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN). Alongside Newcastle City Council’s aim to provide “good quality and safe walking and wheeling routes”, the trial LTN was introduced last October using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) (link is external) and followed on from a similar scheme implemented earlier in 2022 in Fenham.
The newly installed cycle route encourages cyclists to travel through Heaton Park, via the entrance off Heaton Park View, connecting them to Jesmond Dene. However, as the Chronicle reports (link is external) , the path has instead become a source of some confusion, as the large metal gates at the park’s entrance – which were initially left open when the lane was first installed – remained padlocked shut for most of August.
At the end of July, one local posted images of the newly opened gates along the cycleway, with local Liberal Democrat councillor Gareth Kane praising his party colleagues for creating a “more accessible” cycle path and that the path is now the “safest route for kids to cycle to Jesmond Park Academy and families to ride to Jesmond Dene”.
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