Wheels in motion to make new Cumbria roundabout more bike-friendly
Last updated at 09:10, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
THE Highways Agency has pledged to try to make the new Greenodd roundabout more cycle-friendly after pressure from local MPs.
Barrow and Ulverston representative John Woodcock and South Lakes MP Tim Farron are lobbying the agency for improvements following concerns from cyclists that the current design could be difficult to navigate.
In a phone call with Mr Woodcock, Matt Sweeting – the regional official overseeing the Greenodd project who is also the Highways Agency’s national champion for cycling – agreed to look urgently at the issue and report back to the MPs within a fortnight.
Mr Sweeting said he had instructed officials to consider whether immediate improvements can be made to the current design or if longer term work was needed.
Mr Woodcock said: “My week biking round Furness during the summer underlined how difficult and often dangerous the A590 is for cyclists so I am very pleased to get this pledge to do what is possible to make the new Greenodd roundabout cycle friendly.
“Not only do we need to improve safety on the A590 for the many local cyclists who rely on it to commute or keep fit, but we could also do so much more to open this stunning part of the coast to bicycle tourism.”
Mr Farron said: “Working with John, I hope that we have together been able to make the roundabout more cycle friendly.
“Many residents tell me they worry cycling down the A590 and anything we can do to make it safer could save lives.
“I will continue to work hard with local residents, councillors like Rod Wilson, Sue Sanderson and Janet Willis, to try and make the A590 safer for cyclists and road users.”
The MPs’ intervention comes after local representatives of sustainable lobby group, Sustrans, raised concerns about the roundabout’s design.
Sustrans’ area manager for Cumbria, Nikki Wingfield, said: “It is fantastic to see the issue of cycle safety being taken seriously.
“We must continue to put the wellbeing of our most vulnerable road users at the very top of the political agenda, especially because making cycling safe and accessible will improve public health and boost the economy.’’
First published at 16:32, Sunday, 22 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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It's a bit late now to be looking at ways accommodate the needs of other road users, not just the car drivers, at the new Greenodd roundabout. Just like all other road planning cyclist are the last ones to be considered. And is this not just a way for our MPâs to grab a quick headline on the back of the Tour of Britain. They should have been lobbying years ago at the planning stage not now. It's a bit late now to be looking at ways accom
How will cyclists blocking the A590 as they rise two and three abreast, especially on the narrow areas of road, improve safety and boost the economy?