Britain’s ‘shortest cycle path’ is barely as long as a bicycle – and locals scoff at the advice
WHAT could be Britain’s shortest cycle path has been revealed – and it’s barely as long as a bicycle.
Road users were shocked when the tiny track recently appeared in the Stirchley area of Birmingham.
The white painted markers on Hazelwell Street are approximately 8 feet long and take barely a second to navigate.
Birmingham City Council introduced the cycle lane to make the road safer for cyclists.
But locals have branded it “bizarre” and a “waste of money” while criticizing city leaders for wasting taxpayers’ money on a “useless” function.
Lauren Hasting, 32, said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it.”
“I thought the Council must have some paint left.
“It’s completely useless. What’s in it for cyclists anyway?
“They would be there for a split second before hitting the road again.
“It’s probably more dangerous as it sends them right back into traffic.
“You kind of have to laugh, but it’s really just stupid planning.
“It’s just pointless and a waste of money. I don’t understand why they bothered to even do it.”
Tom Ryan of the TaxPayers’ Alliance added: “Opening the road to cyclists isn’t a bad thing, but taxpayers will see through this half-hearted effort.”
Birmingham City Council denied the markings were a cycle lane but were for “formal transitional purposes” for cyclists exiting a nearby junction.
A spokesman for the council said: “This is not a cycle lane. It is only for bridging purposes for cyclists dismounting from the Toucan and crossing onto the roadway.
“There is a shared pedestrian and cycle path that connects to the River Rea route with two new Toucan crossings at Pershore Road and Hazelwell Street.”
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