Baffled residents have slammed council bosses after a 10ft bike route that takes just two seconds to ride along was added to a roundabout.
The tiny stretch was painted on a roundabout at the junction of Ilkeston Road and Pasture Road, in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, last week.
Cyclists have branded the bizarre lane, which only stretches half way around one side of the mini-island, as ‘completely pointless’ and a ‘crazy waste of taxpayers’ cash’.
Baffled residents have slammed council bosses after a 10ft bike route that takes just two seconds to ride along was added to a roundabout
The tiny stretch was painted on a roundabout at the junction of Ilkeston Road and Pasture Road, in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, last week
The lane was installed by Nottinghamshire County Council to encourage green transport but has instead caused an angry backlash.
The council has since denied it is a cycle lane, despite the road markings clearly showing it is for cycles only – similar to other cycle lanes across the country.
A national line marking company based in Nottinghamshire estimated it would cost around £2,380 to install similar markings.
Dad-of-one Simon Lafferty, 37, of Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire, cycles through the town on his way to work as a software engineer.
He said: ‘It has got to be the most pointless cycle lanes in the UK. You’re on it for two seconds, if that, and then there’s no continuation of it anywhere nearby.
Richard MacRae (above), independent councillor for Stapleford North on Broxtowe Borough Council, popped on his bike to give it a whirl
The lane was installed by Nottinghamshire County Council to encourage green transport but has instead caused an angry backlash
‘I thought cycle lanes were supposed to make travel safer but what’s the point of one where you’re back among traffic on the main road before you can blink?
‘I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it. That lane is doing nothing to encourage people to get on their bike.
‘I obviously welcome cycle lanes as long as it’s done properly. But this is just comical really and a crazy waste of taxpayers’ cash.’
Local resident Jim Fearnall, 56, added: ‘It’s completely useless and more dangerous if anything.
‘I’m not sure who had this bright idea but they need their heads examining. It makes the area a laughing stock.’
The move comes after Stapleford received a government grant of £21.2m as part of the Local Towns Fund which will look at developing cycle lanes in the local area.
Mr MacRae said: ‘It’s got to be one of the smallest cycle tracks in the world’
Derek Higton, service director for place and communities at Nottinghamshire County Council said: ‘I can confirm that this is not a cycle lane but new road markings which were introduced as part of a casualty reduction scheme to improve safety for cyclists at this specific location.
‘There have been multiple accidents where cyclists have been injured at this junction in recent years and as such the contrasting road surfacing, along with improvements to signage and the junction itself, have been introduced to alert drivers to the presence of cyclists.
‘Similar measures have been used at other locations both in the county and nationally previously and have had a positive impact in reducing casualties.’
Richard MacRae, independent councillor for Stapleford North on Broxtowe Borough Council, said: ‘It’s got to be one of the smallest cycle tracks in the world.
‘It’s neither use nor ornament and the baffling thing is the state of our roads locally are really poor – there is a lot of other work that needs doing.
‘If this specific cycle lane was extended, then fair enough. Cycle paths in a good location are a good thing, we’ve got to keep cyclists safe.
‘But this is a joke. A lot of residents have called this a complete waste of money.
‘We have a lot of money coming into the area from the government, which, in turn, will be divided into six projects – one being cycle lanes.
‘I know they are looking at future cycle lane projects, it makes sense for the planning team to wait a little bit longer to make a better decision and do it properly.
‘This would have potentially cost thousands. It’s not even a week old and the paint is fading already. I’m just a little bit shocked.
‘It took me two-and-a-half seconds to ride along it on my bike – I just don’t get the point of it.’
Source: Daily Mail UK