AN EXPLOSIVE council meeting results in a ban on cyclists in the town centre being extended for three years.
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The existing ban on cyclists which has been in place in the pedestrianised centre of Bedford has proved controversial to say the least, with furious cyclists and opposing council members attempting to get it overturned. But it will now remain for an additional three years despite a majority of people who were consulted calling for it to be scrapped.
The town’s Liberal Democrat deputy mayor, Councillor Charles Royden said that local businesses were "overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the ban”, Bedford Independent reported.
But Green Councillor Lucy Bywater, whose ward includes the area of the town centre subject to the Public Spaces Protection Order under which riding bikes is banned, accused the deputy mayor of throwing cyclists “under the bus.”
She said: “I am stunned that the deputy mayor would fly in the face of the majority view like this. His party claims to be one of ‘democrats’, (but) what’s worse is that in the section on ‘Risk Implications’, the report totally ignores the increased risks to cyclists of being forced to cycle on adjoining roads (mainly ‘A’ roads and all public transport routes)."
A formal decision on the extension is set to be confirmed on March 3. Cyclists have been banned from riding in Bedford centre and now face an additional three years (Image: Getty)A meeting last week to discuss the plans turned […]