Concern over ‘cycling in underpass’ plans

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CYCLISTS should be allowed to use an underpass...because they already do and no one has been hurt, it has been claimed.

Plans for a new cycle route from west Colchester to the town centre have been unveiled.

The proposals include creating a cycle bypass at Crouch Street’s junction with Rawstorn Road.

The wide pavement on the south side of Crouch Street West would become a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists, who would also have shared access to the underpass to the other side of Crouch Street.

The changes to the underpass were among the concerns raised by visitors to a public display of the plans on Friday.

They said they were worried pedestrians could get hurt.

Paul Cansdale, from Essex County Council, who has helped to draw up the plans, said: “We carried out a survey and at the moment, about 115 cyclists a day are using the underpass, albeit illegally, with no accidents.

“We would be encouraging a mutual consideration policy.”

The plans include a dedicated cycle route running behind existing parking along Crouch Street East, which would mean cyclists could reach Head Street and the town centre.

Bill Frame, ward councillor, said he was pleased with the scheme on the whole, but said his main concern had been about the underpass. He said: “Hopefully, people will be courteous and dismount, although it would be difficult to enforce that.”

Cycle group Sustrans has commended the plans.

Businesses and people living in the area were given the chance to look at the proposals and ask questions at the consultation.

If the proposal is approved, it is hoped it will be in place by the end of March next year.

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7:25am Tue 9 Nov 10

Say It As It Is OK? says...

There have been reported incidents between cyclists and pedestrians using the St Johns Green/Southway underpass though and because cyclists now "illegally" use the Crouch Street underpass it is not a valid reason to allow it to continue or even, as they do now, turn a blind eye to those who break the law.

It would be no hardship for cyclists to dismount, whilst they negotiate all underpasses, and it would be much safer for all users.
There have been reported incidents between cyclists and pedestrians using the St Johns Green/Southway underpass though and because cyclists now "illegally" use the Crouch Street underpass it is not a valid reason to allow it to continue or even, as they do now, turn a blind eye to those who break the law. It would be no hardship for cyclists to dismount, whilst they negotiate all underpasses, and it would be much safer for all users. Say It As It Is OK?
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12:16pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Goonerboy says...

We have complained on a number of occassions to the council regarding this dual access. Even though we are keen cyclists when we walk through the underpass we regularly see confrontations between pedestrians and cyclists. The markings have worn away and have not been repainted for some time. Children use this pass and whilst they should be under control they cannot be expected to understand the dividing line. There are often buskers in the underpass and so pedestrians have to use the cycle lane. I have seen accidents , they may not have been reported but I often experience abuse from cyslists who refuse to slow down as they have the right of way. It is no hardship to make them get off and walk . In an age when health and safety has gone mad how can such a risk be allowed , any assesment would show that it is an unnecessary risk
We have complained on a number of occassions to the council regarding this dual access. Even though we are keen cyclists when we walk through the underpass we regularly see confrontations between pedestrians and cyclists. The markings have worn away and have not been repainted for some time. Children use this pass and whilst they should be under control they cannot be expected to understand the dividing line. There are often buskers in the underpass and so pedestrians have to use the cycle lane. I have seen accidents , they may not have been reported but I often experience abuse from cyslists who refuse to slow down as they have the right of way. It is no hardship to make them get off and walk . In an age when health and safety has gone mad how can such a risk be allowed , any assesment would show that it is an unnecessary risk Goonerboy
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6:08pm Tue 9 Nov 10

van man says...

CYCLISTS should be allowed to use an underpass...because they already do and no one has been hurt, it has been claimed......ok, if we are thinking like these people, then people who drive at more than the speed limit but have as yet caused no accidents, should be allowed to continue to do so.
All this teaches us is that if we break the law often enough, then the old bill will not bother enforcing the law.
CYCLISTS should be allowed to use an underpass...because they already do and no one has been hurt, it has been claimed......ok, if we are thinking like these people, then people who drive at more than the speed limit but have as yet caused no accidents, should be allowed to continue to do so. All this teaches us is that if we break the law often enough, then the old bill will not bother enforcing the law. van man
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1:37pm Wed 10 Nov 10

Boris says...

I agree with all the above. Make cyclists dismount in all subways. I know it will be hard (impossible) to enforce, but there is no reason to legalise something that is totally unnecessary.
I agree with all the above. Make cyclists dismount in all subways. I know it will be hard (impossible) to enforce, but there is no reason to legalise something that is totally unnecessary. Boris
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8:43am Thu 11 Nov 10

Mr Anory. Jack says...

At a meeting with Essex Police last night, It was stressed that the riding of bicycles on public footpaths IS illegal, as is riding at night without lights in the roads, or on pavements, whatever your ages are!
So, get in the road, face the traffic, or, if you cant face that, why should pedestrians face you!
Get off.
At a meeting with Essex Police last night, It was stressed that the riding of bicycles on public footpaths IS illegal, as is riding at night without lights in the roads, or on pavements, whatever your ages are! So, get in the road, face the traffic, or, if you cant face that, why should pedestrians face you! Get off. Mr Anory. Jack
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