Fears over Blackburn cycle lane facing one-way traffic

DAUNTING: The new cycle lane in Tontine Street, Blackburn, which sees the rider heading into the oncoming traffic and possible danger

DAUNTING: The new cycle lane in Tontine Street, Blackburn, which sees the rider heading into the oncoming traffic and possible danger

First published in Blackburn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A “DAUNTING” cycle lane has been added to a Blackburn Street - heading into one-way traffic.

The new facility in Tontine Street has been questioned by bike enthusiasts and a former traffic warden, but safety experts have given it the thumbs up.

Council engineers marked out the lane last week, as part of the town’s local transport plan.

Lancashire Telegraph reader Bill Booth, 72, of Higher Croft Road, Blackburn, was a traffic warden for 30 years.

He said: “It’s not very safe. They have got the cycle lane running the opposite way to the traffic. As far as I’m concerned cyclists should still come under the Highway Code.”

Mr Booth also claimed the road was rarely used by cyclists so there was no need for the cycle lane.

Ian Kay, who manages Ewood Bikes on Bolton Road, Blackburn, said: “I have not heard of anything like that before.

“You would have to be brave to use it”.

Last year Conservative leader David Cameron apologised after being spotted riding the wrong way down a one-way street.

But the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said it had no safety concerns about “contra-flow” cycle lanes, provided they are well marked, according to a spokeswoman.

Chris Ensslin, an engineer for the Sustrans cycle network, said the facilities were fairly new to the UK.

He added: “They can be quite daunting, and motorists are sometimes surprised to see cyclists coming the other way, but there’s not problem if they are marked out.

“They are a good way to get cyclists moving around towns quickly and efficiently”.

Lancashire Telegraph cycling columnist Dave Brown said: “It’s a good thing - but Blackburn is a very difficult town to get around for a cyclist.

"There’s no structure”.

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9:23pm Tue 24 Feb 09

Jimmy Paterson says...

The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them?
They are as bad as horse riders...
The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them? They are as bad as horse riders... Jimmy Paterson
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9:47pm Tue 24 Feb 09

onlyonesimongarner says...

Jimmy Paterson wrote:
The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them? They are as bad as horse riders...
No

Horse Riders do not have to pick up the manure , unlike dog owners
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Paterson[/bold] wrote: The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them? They are as bad as horse riders...[/p][/quote]No Horse Riders do not have to pick up the manure , unlike dog owners onlyonesimongarner
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9:54pm Tue 24 Feb 09

frank says...

at least we'll be able to see who's killing us rather than being run down from behind
at least we'll be able to see who's killing us rather than being run down from behind frank
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9:58pm Tue 24 Feb 09

frank says...

Jimmy Paterson wrote:
The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them?
They are as bad as horse riders...
any club cyclist and many commuters have insurance, either through the ctc or bc. council tax pays for some of the road maintainance, so whats the problem?
contrary to popular belief motorists DO NOT pay road tax ,that was abolished years ago and replaced with ved, which go into the tax pot with everything else.so in theory everyone is equal.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Paterson[/bold] wrote: The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them? They are as bad as horse riders...[/p][/quote]any club cyclist and many commuters have insurance, either through the ctc or bc. council tax pays for some of the road maintainance, so whats the problem? contrary to popular belief motorists DO NOT pay road tax ,that was abolished years ago and replaced with ved, which go into the tax pot with everything else.so in theory everyone is equal. frank
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11:24pm Tue 24 Feb 09

cduncan says...

Jimmy Paterson wrote:
The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them?
They are as bad as horse riders...
All I can say to that comment is FOOL! There is no such thing as "Road Tax" is Vehicle Excise Duty. I cycle and abide by the laws of the road, safety is paramount and you find many drivers have the same attitude a you and that is why accidents happen and cyclists get killed. For the record I pay VED on two cars.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Paterson[/bold] wrote: The majority of cyclists are a law to themselves and think they own the road anyway so this sounds like an appropriate response - they don't pay tax or insurance so why is so much money spent on them? They are as bad as horse riders...[/p][/quote]All I can say to that comment is FOOL! There is no such thing as "Road Tax" is Vehicle Excise Duty. I cycle and abide by the laws of the road, safety is paramount and you find many drivers have the same attitude a you and that is why accidents happen and cyclists get killed. For the record I pay VED on two cars. cduncan
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12:16am Wed 25 Feb 09

matthew987 says...

i cycle to work and the amount of vihicle drivers on the roads that have some sort of hatred towards cyclists is crazy they just have no pacience they think they own the road but when ther pipping ther horns and yelling at me i just say ur mentally ill u becouse some r i hate it .
i cycle to work and the amount of vihicle drivers on the roads that have some sort of hatred towards cyclists is crazy they just have no pacience they think they own the road but when ther pipping ther horns and yelling at me i just say ur mentally ill u becouse some r i hate it . matthew987
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8:19am Wed 25 Feb 09

HarwoodBiker says...

Agree with CDuncan, I am a cyclist as well as paying VED and insurance on a car and a motorbike.

And why the hell SHOULD cyclists have to pay 'tax' and insurance? Can't help but think the borough would be a far better, cleaner place if everyone got around by bicycle.
Agree with CDuncan, I am a cyclist as well as paying VED and insurance on a car and a motorbike. And why the hell SHOULD cyclists have to pay 'tax' and insurance? Can't help but think the borough would be a far better, cleaner place if everyone got around by bicycle. HarwoodBiker
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8:39am Wed 25 Feb 09

Jimmy Paterson says...

Just wanted to get some sort of reaction -- seems to have worked?!
I pay road tax -- sorry VED -- on two cars and three motorcycles and I have a mountain bike AND I pick up my German Shepherd's poo, mmm don't have a horse yet though.
Just wanted to get some sort of reaction -- seems to have worked?! I pay road tax -- sorry VED -- on two cars and three motorcycles and I have a mountain bike AND I pick up my German Shepherd's poo, mmm don't have a horse yet though. Jimmy Paterson
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8:41am Wed 25 Feb 09

Jimmy Paterson says...

Also I think that motorcyclists should be entitled to use bus AND cycle lanes nationawide especially in view of the fact that cyclists are apparently entitled to use the pavements and treat red lights as Give Way junctions....
Also I think that motorcyclists should be entitled to use bus AND cycle lanes nationawide especially in view of the fact that cyclists are apparently entitled to use the pavements and treat red lights as Give Way junctions.... Jimmy Paterson
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9:01am Wed 25 Feb 09

onlyonesimongarner says...

If God had intened us too ride bikes, he would not have put so many hills in this part of the world.
If God had intened us too ride bikes, he would not have put so many hills in this part of the world. onlyonesimongarner
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9:12am Wed 25 Feb 09

Oakdale blue says...

Do I get more or less points for hitting a cyclist in a contraflow bike lane ??
Do I get more or less points for hitting a cyclist in a contraflow bike lane ?? Oakdale blue
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11:05am Wed 25 Feb 09

A Darener says...

How about putting those plastic lane separators used at roadworks, (not cones) every few yards to make drivers more aware of the cycle lane!
How about putting those plastic lane separators used at roadworks, (not cones) every few yards to make drivers more aware of the cycle lane! A Darener
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1:13pm Wed 25 Feb 09

soap opera says...

they have done the same to a one way stretch of canterbury st.but if the cycles go on it they stand to be find for going passed a no entry sign(o sorry that wont count for them will it)
they have done the same to a one way stretch of canterbury st.but if the cycles go on it they stand to be find for going passed a no entry sign(o sorry that wont count for them will it) soap opera
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6:45pm Wed 25 Feb 09

ewoodman says...

Jimmy Paterson wrote:
Also I think that motorcyclists should be entitled to use bus AND cycle lanes nationawide especially in view of the fact that cyclists are apparently entitled to use the pavements and treat red lights as Give Way junctions....
Cyclists are not allowed to use the pavements unless they are marked so. Being a cyclist myself I follow the same Highway code that I would in my car. There is a small minority that seem to abuse the laws and ride wherever they want. Maybe I should get some roller blades;)
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Paterson[/bold] wrote: Also I think that motorcyclists should be entitled to use bus AND cycle lanes nationawide especially in view of the fact that cyclists are apparently entitled to use the pavements and treat red lights as Give Way junctions....[/p][/quote]Cyclists are not allowed to use the pavements unless they are marked so. Being a cyclist myself I follow the same Highway code that I would in my car. There is a small minority that seem to abuse the laws and ride wherever they want. Maybe I should get some roller blades;) ewoodman
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