Someone will be killed unless a city centre junction is improved, say local cyclists.
Leicester Cycling Campaign Group [LCCG] is calling for changes to be made to the junction on Granby Street, where a contra-flow cycle lane crosses Northampton Street. The cycle lane was created some 12 months ago and enables cyclists to use Granby Street in both directions.
Eric Ludlow, spokesperson for LCCG, said:
‘The contra-flow cycle lane is an excellent idea, but there is a desperate need to make changes where it crosses Northampton Street. Motorists are simply not expecting to see anyone approaching from their right, as they know that Granby St is one-way for motorised traffic. And cyclists think they are safe as they are riding in a designated cycle lane. It’s an accident waiting to happen. We warned the council about the dangers when the cycle lane first opened, but nothing has been done. I just hope it doesn’t take the death of a cyclist to make change come about. Comments from our members include:
‘It is horrible, very scary. Since a terrible experience the first time I used it I am super cautious. Cars do not slow down and many just do not look for cyclists at all.’
I have had many horrible experiences at that particular junction. I now tend to use an alternative route which is a real shame.’
‘It’s a glaring error on Granby St and I have had several near-misses there.’
Newly-opened Ebike Electric Cycle Centre supports the campaign for change. Managing Director Liam Dunphy said:
‘Based as we are directly on the junction, and being cyclists ourselves, we have a pretty unique perspective on the problem. Since we opened, four months ago, I don’t think a day has gone by without our seeing a near-miss. Cars barely seem to slow down – the junction needs to be redesigned to force them to do so, otherwise someone is going to be killed.’
The contraflow cycle lane starts at Granby Street’s junction with Belvoir St and Halford St. It is situated on the left-hand side of the carriageway until just after the junction with Northampton Street, where it continues on the right-hand side to link with the Toucan crossing over London Road.