The new cycling roundabout in Salford A new roundabout especially for cyclists has been scorned by some as a "ring of fire" despite the council insisting it "provides the safest crossing solution". The four-way junction was built by Salford Council in Manchester.
The roundabout is an intersection between two cycle lanes on a busy in Salford and was built as part of a £22million upgrade of the city infrastructure. It was designed to allow pedestrians cross the cycle path. But cyclists have accused the council of misunderstanding how those on a bike behave and creating a situation which puts pedestrians in danger.
The Manchester Evening News reported that with no pavement on two sides of the lane, those on foot are expected to cross the cycle lane twice. Confused cyclists have posted pictures on social media this week and popular cycling website Road.cc questioned whether it was a "magic roundabout" or a "tragic roundabout".
Cyclists are divided on whether riders would actually ride all the way round or simply take a shortcut straight across the middle.
Salford cyclist Hamish Gray, who runs the campaigning group Walk Ride Central Salford, tweeted his experience of the roundabout: "First, the pedestrian experience here is hugely compromised. You have to cross into a ring of fire to exit. Every desire line is away from the path you are supposed to take.
"Similarly, the cycle desire line is also the opposite to what’s designed. You want to either cut across the opposite lane or go across the middle. These […]
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