Highways bosses are to investigate adding an extra lane in a city one-way street to stop cyclists breaking the law.

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Cycling projects in Norwich are expected to receive around £75,000 in 2013/14, including the improvement of signs on the city council’s inner ring road bike route.

It will also fund a study examining if a contraflow lane can be added in Magdalen Street, between Magpie Road and Edward Street, to allow pushbikes to head in both directions.

Similar work will also be carried out for Thorpe Road, between Carrow Road and Clarence Road.

A Labour survey earlier this year in Magdalen Street recorded 33 cyclists as using the pavement, with another 21 going doing the wrong way the street in little more than an hour.

Julie Brociek-Coulton, Sewell city councillor, said this research was intended to provide evidence that changes are needed to help cyclists.

She said: “It’s not that we are trying to get cyclists named and shamed.

“We are trying to do it so we can get a safer way into the city centre for cyclists and pedestrians.

“It’s very dangerous going on the pathway, mainly for the pedestrians.”

She added many of the cyclists in the area were “sensible” and got off their bikes to walk.

Jeff Jordan, of the Norwich Cycling Campaign, said it would be wonderful to have a contraflow lane in Magdalen Street for cyclists.

He said: “It would be a very heavily used road.”

12 comments

  • 119 cyclists have been killed this year in the UK. 5 of them were under 12 whilst 16 were teenagers. You can see pictures of these victims on The Times website. These pics bring the scale of this senseless tragedy alive.

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Great idea! Now, perhaps, if enough motorists ignore th Law and reclaim Castle Meadow as a through road, the ban on private cars will be lifted. Cyclists really are the most anarchic group of people we come across. Perhaps the Police will explain why they choose not to enforce existing trffic laws aginst cyclists, when they administer it to the letter against motorists. I suppose there is not as much money raised from cyclists' transgressions.

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    broadsman

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • So what's next, making burglary legal? That road is narrow as it is for all the existing traffic heading in one direction. Adding a cycle lane is not going to make it "better", just much more dangerous for all road users. What's going to happen when a cyclist finds another cyclists heading towards them in a too-narrow cycle lane? They'll dodge - right underneath a bus! It would be better to find an alternative route that is safer for the cyclists, such as the existing Magpie Rd, Esdelle St, Edward St route - and signpost it well that make other roads into death traps.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I don't know what penalties these evil lawbreaking two-wheeled criminals have suffered, but it seems that at last it begins to dawn on the City Council that laws and regulations which are not respected by citizens are very likely to be ignored - as appears to be the case here. I'm reminded of 'Keep off the Grass' signs that used to feature in almost every park and public space (ie 'owned' by those excluded citizens) in the 1970s and 80s. That human truth is also why at least 50% of cars on any road will be exceeding the speed limit for at least some of the time: perhaps not by much, but an extra 1mph is still an equally evil crime.

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    airborneyellow

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Once again, pandering to the cyclist! - why not just enforce the 'existing' law.

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Loved some of the misprints and spelling mistakes - mainly from the pro-cyclist group.

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Surely we should be supporting cyclists. More and more people are and will be moving to cycling as we find we simply cannot afford to run a car or afford the buses. We need to make cycling safer and keep cyclists away from drivers who have no empathy.

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • @Rorping Cyclists are tax payers too and are entitled to have sufficiwent provision of cycle routes.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Yes, we are out in force. Cyclists are like Taxis, the law does not apply to them. Having said that I am not sure that I would want to cycle into the city against a bus heading towards me.

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • The anti cyclist lobby are out in force on this forum I see! The simple fact is that this should have been done BEFORE the Magdelan system was changed. Norwich council are always banging on about the amount of traffic in the city but dont provide adequote cycle paths. I use the pavements at times because I have kids and I actually want to get home to them rather than end up in a coffin. Its refreshing that the council are having a rethink.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Nice to be branded as "anti-cyclist" when I'm trying to be "anti-accident". The existing road is too narrow, but there's a very good alternative. Of course, it's a little bit longer which is why people refuse to use it. Improve the signage, put a dedicated cycle lane alongside the traffic going in the same direction, and the chances of accidents are much reduced. The last thing we want to see is headlines of "Cyclist killed in Magdallen St".

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I don't see the point in stopping cycles going the wrong way down one way streets, when they can't seem to stop cars going the wrong way down Silver Street!!

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    sr44

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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