Cycle lane headache

The Hereford junction between King Street and Aubrey Street which has become hazardous for cyclists..

The Hereford junction between King Street and Aubrey Street which has become hazardous for cyclists..

First published in Letters

I HAVE a number of complaints about the cycle lane on King Street in Hereford.

1. On one side of the cycle lane is the pavement, on the other side there is car parking.

Frequently, cars pull into these parking spaces, running into the cycle lane while they do so, causing me to swerve.

Additionally, drivers open their door, which opens into the cycle lane, again causing me to swerve.

2. Halfway along this cycle lane, at the junction with Aubrey Street, cars emerging on to King Street consistently pull onto the cycle lane, despite the ‘give-way’ lines. The drivers only look to their left, assuming no traffic will be coming from their right.

As a cyclist using the cycle lane, they have not seen me, and I have to stop to avoid them.

3. Vehicles coming along King Street, and then turning to their right into Aubrey Street pull across the cycle lane.

If large vehicles are parked alongside the cycle lane, cyclists cannot be seen. Cars sweep across the cycle lane, causing me to swerve.

After another near-miss this morning, I now consider this particular cycle lane too dangerous to use.

RICHARD HASTINGS Park Street Hereford

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12:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

UK Taxpayer says...

I don't know why you bother with cycle lanes. Cyclists seem to think they own the road and aren't even aware of what a cycle lane/path is. For example the one from the back of Wyevale out to credenhill. Not only this but it seems perfectly fine for them to ride about 2m out from kerb and then swerve all over the road to avoid a little drain or something without looking at who or what is around them. Then half of them don't even wear helmets.
I like cycling myself (off road) and I take my hat off to people jumping on their bikes to save the globe and all that, but know your place and respect bigger road users who pay to use the road.
I don't know why you bother with cycle lanes. Cyclists seem to think they own the road and aren't even aware of what a cycle lane/path is. For example the one from the back of Wyevale out to credenhill. Not only this but it seems perfectly fine for them to ride about 2m out from kerb and then swerve all over the road to avoid a little drain or something without looking at who or what is around them. Then half of them don't even wear helmets. I like cycling myself (off road) and I take my hat off to people jumping on their bikes to save the globe and all that, but know your place and respect bigger road users who pay to use the road. UK Taxpayer
  • Score: -8

12:57pm Wed 3 Sep 14

swampy says...

I completely agree with this, I also find this area very dangerous, people
open their car doors, and look at me with disgust for using this cycle lane.
There is usually not enough bike racks outside the library either to park your bike, and if it rains they get soaking wet, we are encouraged to cut down on car journeys and help to stop the traffic congestion in Hereford, but its really difficult when there are hardly any cycle lanes and people in vehicles drive like idiots with no consideration for anyone else.
I completely agree with this, I also find this area very dangerous, people open their car doors, and look at me with disgust for using this cycle lane. There is usually not enough bike racks outside the library either to park your bike, and if it rains they get soaking wet, we are encouraged to cut down on car journeys and help to stop the traffic congestion in Hereford, but its really difficult when there are hardly any cycle lanes and people in vehicles drive like idiots with no consideration for anyone else. swampy
  • Score: 7

8:31pm Wed 3 Sep 14

xantiaman says...

I THOUGHT CYCLISTS DID NOT NEED CYCLE LANES,AS THEY ALWAYS RIDE ON THE PAVEMENTS AND THEY IGNORE RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS.
I THOUGHT CYCLISTS DID NOT NEED CYCLE LANES,AS THEY ALWAYS RIDE ON THE PAVEMENTS AND THEY IGNORE RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS. xantiaman
  • Score: -2

10:14am Thu 4 Sep 14

mizza21 says...

Whilst I agree with Mr Hastings that this cycle lane is consistently encroached upon by peds and cars, it's also clear that this particular cycle lane is very badly designed.
I would encourage Mr Hastings to take it much slower if he is persistently swerving to avoid obstacles.
Whilst I accept it is a cycle lane and he should be free to use it, it is true that some people, partly as a consequence of it's poor placement, do not anticipate cyclists on this stretch so caution and generous manners are needed.

XANTIAMAN...I ALWAYS OBEY TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON MY MOBILITY SCOOTER AND MOST CYCLISTS DO TOO. IT'S JUST THE ODD BAD CYCLIST APPLE. JUST LIKE ALL THEM SPEEDING UNINSURED MOTORISTS IN THEIR CARS.

UK Taxpayer..Come on , you can do better than that. Does your logic mean we all give way to the Trucks and Buses in our cars and that the bigger the vehicle the higher the priority? Think it through before pressing 'post comment' please.
Whilst I agree with Mr Hastings that this cycle lane is consistently encroached upon by peds and cars, it's also clear that this particular cycle lane is very badly designed. I would encourage Mr Hastings to take it much slower if he is persistently swerving to avoid obstacles. Whilst I accept it is a cycle lane and he should be free to use it, it is true that some people, partly as a consequence of it's poor placement, do not anticipate cyclists on this stretch so caution and generous manners are needed. XANTIAMAN...I ALWAYS OBEY TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON MY MOBILITY SCOOTER AND MOST CYCLISTS DO TOO. IT'S JUST THE ODD BAD CYCLIST APPLE. JUST LIKE ALL THEM SPEEDING UNINSURED MOTORISTS IN THEIR CARS. UK Taxpayer..Come on , you can do better than that. Does your logic mean we all give way to the Trucks and Buses in our cars and that the bigger the vehicle the higher the priority? Think it through before pressing 'post comment' please. mizza21
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Mon 15 Sep 14

Mike33 says...

I agree with Richard Hastings about King Street. The only defence for drivers is that as King Street is marked one way, across the road from Aubrey street, drivers would not think to look right. The issue could be resolved if the council had the sense to inform motorists with a sign stating to look right for cyclists. I do not speak as anti cyclist. As our family experienced a fatal cycling accident only three years ago. So we do understand the vulnerability of cyclists.
I agree with Richard Hastings about King Street. The only defence for drivers is that as King Street is marked one way, across the road from Aubrey street, drivers would not think to look right. The issue could be resolved if the council had the sense to inform motorists with a sign stating to look right for cyclists. I do not speak as anti cyclist. As our family experienced a fatal cycling accident only three years ago. So we do understand the vulnerability of cyclists. Mike33
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Tue 16 Sep 14

Wattsy.no1 says...

Why is there a cycle lane going the wrong way up a one way street ?????
Why is there a cycle lane going the wrong way up a one way street ????? Wattsy.no1
  • Score: 0

10:47am Wed 17 Sep 14

Mike33 says...

Well said Wattsy. That's another monumental council **** up! Nothing will change until someone is killed, then they'll do as they usually do, blame someone else.
Well said Wattsy. That's another monumental council **** up! Nothing will change until someone is killed, then they'll do as they usually do, blame someone else. Mike33
  • Score: 0

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