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‘Deathtrap’ fears over new contra-flow cycle lane in Tanner Row
A BUSINESSMAN has spoken out against a new road layout which he claims could be a “deathtrap” for cyclists.
Robin Stannard, who owns LV Services, says the new cycle lane along Tanner Row is a danger to both cyclists and drivers.
He said the newly painted lane runs in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic.
Mr Stannard, who is the cleaning contractor for Society and Salvation Bars has a disabled badge and was previously able to park on the road.
But because of the new cycle lane he is unable to do this. His only other option has been taken up by a new police parking bay.
He said as well as concerns for safety relating to the direction of traffic there was the additional problem caused by delivery lorries making drop-offs.
He said: “It’s not their fault, they have to get on with their business, but it parks on the street twice a week for 45 minutes and blocks the road.”
This means that cars which could previously go round this now have to go on to the cycle lane to get past, he said Drivers now face the option of waiting for the lorry to go, which would cause “severe congestion” or swerving on to the lane towards oncoming cyclists.
Mr Stannard said: “I can only speak for myself, but I’m pretty sure it will be affecting other businesses as well. I’m unable to park anywhere.”
He said the measure was “entirely dangerous”. “It really is quite a deathtrap.”
In December police warned that the proposed cycle lane would pose a risk to cyclists because some drivers may not understand the new arrangements on the one-way route.
There was more opposition to the plans in February when resident Andrew Clark, in a letter to the council, said the changes would “endanger the lives of cyclists”.
Richard Wood, assistant director of City and Environmental Services at City of York Council, said: “York is one of the top cycling cities in the UK and has an extensive network of cycle routes across the city.
"The contra-flow lane scheme on Tanner Row is an important addition to this network, and similar cycle lanes are commonly used across Europe and are fully compliant with the Department of Transport guidelines.
“In addition to Tanner Row, there are also existing contraflows at the Station Rise end of Leeman Road and in Salisbury Terrace and there have been no reported issues at either site in the last three years.”
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