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New road markings branded ‘idiotic’ and ‘confusing’ by cyclists

Cyclists have been left perplexed at the positioning of new road markings on Mill Road.

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By admin , in Cambridge , at April 30, 2018

Cyclists have been left perplexed at the positioning of new road markings on Mill Road.

The markings, which have been placed on junctions of Mill Road, Sedgwick Street and Thoday Street, tell cyclists to go in the opposite direction to cars.

One marking has been placed directly opposite markings signalling vehicles to turn right.

The council says the signs are part of a project to open up one-way streets to two-way cycling – but the idea sparked a backlash on social media.

The Cycle Marking has been placed directly opposite vehicle markings (Image: Chris Smith)

Chris Smith, a regular on the road, said: “Its just a bit confusing. The whole lot appeared last week, so I dont know what the point of them is, or what theyre trying to do.

“I cycle to Cambridge station from Brampton Road several days a week, so regularly use the Sedgwick Street entrance onto Mill Road.

"Any unclear signage cluttering junctions creates confusion which increases risks for all road users – we need to keep it simple to keep it safe.”

@scribemole tweeted: “The whole idea is idiotic. It's not hard to find one of the one-way streets that goes the way you want to go, actually a lot easier for cyclists than cars, but if course it's always easier to roll over and legalise law-breaking than to enforce the law.”

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Mr Smith also said: “If youre pulling out to turn right and the cyclist is inside looking to turn left, as you turn youre giving them a right hook."

“Bike[s] waiting at 'no-entry' on Sedgwick Street have to point at signs for drivers about to turn in – what happens when these road markings erode and just an arrow?”

Dara Morefield also said: “Its not the markings which are idiotic, but the whole concept! This will encourage 'contraflow' pavement cycling as street just not wide enough.”

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Mill Road is a well known accident black spot, and caused the fourth highest amount of serious injuries on a Cambridge road in 2016.

When asked what should be done to curb the amount of accidents, and make it safer for cyclists, Mr Smith said: “Its keeping it simple and not making it confusing for people. When people get confused they lose concentration, and thats how accidents happen.”

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “The new road markings are part of the third phase of the project to open up one way streets to two-way cycling in Cambridge to encourage more people to cycle for short, local trips, which was approved by the Cambridge Joint Area Committee last year.

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"While the majority of the sites have now been completed, the last few in the Romsey and Newtown areas have been postponed until this week due to adverse weather conditions which prevented us finishing the road markings sooner.”

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