‘Share with care’ signs remind pedestrians and cyclists to look out for each other in Norwich city centre

John Fisher (left) and Mike Stonard (right), chair and vice chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committ

John Fisher (left) and Mike Stonard (right), chair and vice chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committee, with the new signs. Pic: Norfolk County Council. - Credit: Norfolk County Council

New signs have been installed in Norwich city centre urging pedestrians and cyclists to watch out for each other - after more streets were opened up for cycling.

Until recently, cyclists had not been permitted to ride down a number of city centre streets, such as Gentleman's Walk, Davey Place and White Lion Street between 10am and 5pm and were not allowed to cycle on London Street or Lower Goat Lane at all.

However, last year, members of Norwich highways agency committee, made up of city and county councillors, agreed to open up streets to cyclists at all times.

The necessary orders to allow that to happen have now been made and signs were put up in streets in August, making clear cyclists are allowed to use them.

The council had said accidents between pedestrians and cyclists are very rare in pedestrianised areas and the proposals are in line with government recommendations.

Signs reminding pedestrians and cyclists to 'share with care' have now been put up.

Mike Stonard, vice-chair of Norwich highways agency committee and Norwich City Council cabinet member for transport, said: 'Recent changes to access for cyclists in the city centre mean there are more streets where pedestrians and cyclists will be mixing together

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'This approach has worked well in other cities but the signs are a gentle reminder to look out for each other whether you're getting around on foot or by bike.'

The Norwich Cycling Campaign, had backed the changes, saying that responsible cyclists would use common sense when riding through pedestrianised areas.

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