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Illegal narrow cycle lane

Reported via mobile in the Suggested improvements category anonymously at 21:14, Wednesday 15 June 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Hello, please could you remove the cycle lanes from Wallingford bridge ASAP as they are dangerous and incompatible with the highway code.

The highway code states we should cycle 0.5m from the kerb. This is not possible with the narrow bridge cycle lanes. If we use them we're at risk of clipping the kerb and being catapulted directly into the traffic.

The highway code also requires cars to overtake us with a minimum of 1.5m clearance ie. 2m from the kerb. That is not possible on the bridge ie. Cars should never overtake bikes on the bridge - yet your cycle lanes are encouraging drivers to do just that.

Unfortunately frustrated drivers see your cycle lanes, think we are obligated to use them (we're not) and are being unreasonable by cycling safely in the centre of the lane - which sadly left me facing a barrage of dangerous and abusive behavior by some individuals today.

Please fix this and consider putting signage on the bridge reminding drivers not to attempt to overtake cyclists.

BBC News - Driver fined £1,100 for passing Bridgend cyclist too closely https://www.bbc.co.uk/ news/ uk-wales-61815609

NB You are also in breach of the Department of Transport cycle infrastructure guidelines of 2020 which also stipulate a minimum width of cycles lanes.

Council ref: 3599914

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    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 21:14, Wednesday 15 June 2022

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