Otley Road cycle lane (via Twitter, Harrogate Cycle Action) Now, if I believed that a cycle lane had the potential to cause collisions between cyclists and pedestrians, I probably wouldn’t then block half of it with barriers, but that’s just me.
The landlord of a Harrogate pub located on the new Otley Road bike path, however, has done just that, with ad-laden barriers now protruding into the lane like it’s the finishing straight of a small Belgian one-day race.
The new cycleway on the Otley Road, which at points morphs into a shared path with pedestrians, has been somewhat controversial since funding was secured in 2017, with complaints focusing on the potential dangers for walkers and the narrowness of the path in certain areas.
Last month, the Harrogate Residents Association (link is external) wrote to North Yorkshire County Council to argue that the new route is “very dangerous and there could be an accident”.
“The creation of these paths has been hugely expensive and disruptive. Now, all pedestrians of differing ages and disabilities have to share the path with cyclists and electrics scooters,” the letter said.
In January, Charlie Tinker – the owner of the aforementioned pub – said that the shared path was a “disaster waiting to happen” (link is external) as cyclists would come down the hill past his establishment “at speed”, and that the council’s apparent refusal to address the issue “absolutely stinks”.
While many local cyclists have agreed with criticisms of the path, including its narrowness, Tinker’s decision to place barriers […]