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Castleford folk baffled by bike lanes

Castleford residents have been left baffled by the width of the new cycle lanes along Wheldon Road, Castleford.
Picture: Karen Connell by the roadside showing the width of the new cycle lane is nearly the same width given the motot vehicles.
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Castleford residents have been left baffled by the width of the new cycle lanes along Wheldon Road, Castleford. Picture: Karen Connell by the roadside showing the width of the new cycle lane is nearly the same width given the motot vehicles. p306b430

People living in Castleford have been left baffled by the width of newly-painted bicycle lanes on Wheldon Road.

Airedale resident Karen Connell claims the lanes take up half the carriageway and it’s “almost impossible” for cars to avoid going into the lanes.

Mrs Connell, 55, said: “As far as I’m aware, when you’re driving, you can’t go into the cycle lanes.

“But in some places, especially outside Castleford Tigers’ ground, the cycle lanes are wider than the actual lane for cars. It’s ridiculous.”

Mrs Connell said the lanes were first painted around a month ago but highways workers then returned and burnt them off .

She said the new, wider lanes were then installed a couple of weeks ago.

Mrs Connell said: “They were just the right distance before and there was nothing wrong with them.

“But there is a serious side to it. They’re so wide that they affect your concentration and that could pose a risk to safety.

“I’ve got friends who have driven on Wheldon Road and everybody in Castleford is talking about it.”

Andy Wallhead, Wakefield Council’s corporate director for regeneration and economic growth, said the road had recently been widened as part of a scheme funded by the charity Sustrans.

He added: “Cycle lanes were included as a requirement of the funding, which meant the scheme to widen the road could go ahead much earlier than previously planned.

“The scheme has eased the situation at pinch points where the road was previously too narrow for two larger vehicles to pass, which is an improvement even if motorists have to occasionally make room for cyclists.”

 

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