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Cyclists do not deserve such Twitter abuse

LCCG’s Eric Ludlow reflects on current concerns over Twitter abuse and it’s effect on cyclists in the Leicester Mercury’s First Person column:

 

Cyclists do not deserve such Twitter abuse

Who do you hate? Not just dislike  or have little time for  but actively, angrily hate? The answer for many, it seems is cyclists. The spotlight is now on Twitter for giving a platform to those who want to verbally abuse women.

While all would condemn such  ill-treatment,  I would like to highlight here the part that the same social media outlet plays in the abuse of cyclists.

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Bike tour with Councillor elicits encouraging news from City

A small group of our committee members took Councillor Rory Palmer on a cycling tour around the centre of the city recently, resulting in some encouraging news from the Council’s Cycling Officer, as reported by the Leicester Mercury’s Dan Martin (31 July 2013).

£7m sought to make centre of city more cycle-friendly

 

LCCG with Coun Palmer

Nearly £7 million of Government cash is being sought to try to transform car-dominated parts of Leicester city centre into cycling-friendly areas.

The city council is seeking a share of a £42 million pot of Government cash to fund plans that will see road space reallocated as dedicated cycle lanes.

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Cyclists demand action over ‘killer junction’

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.

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Leicester Disabled People’s Access Group

LCCG met with the Leicester Disabled People’s Access Group in Mar 2013. This Press release resulted from this meeting. We look forward to working with LDPAG in the future.

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