Caversham cycle lane an 'accident waiting to happen'

Cycle lane
Image caption Councillor Ricky Duveen would like to see the speed limit reduced to 20mph

Cyclists have slammed a new cycle lane, describing it as "an accident waiting to happen" because it is too narrow.

The lane on Lower Henley Road, Caversham was installed as part of a commitment to making the town more bike friendly, Reading Borough Council said.

It was designed to ensure cyclists and motorists remain aware of each other, a spokesman said.

But the Reading Cycle Campaign said locating the narrow lane near parked cars was dangerous.

Chairman Adrian Lawson, said: "It's an accident waiting to happen. A cyclist is going to get knocked off by a door opening and could get knocked into the path of a following car.

"So it's not only making it less convenient for cyclists, it's making it more dangerous."

The council said it was doing its best with the town's limited road structure and it was committed to providing safe routes for cyclists.

Councillor Ricky Duveen, who is part of the council's cycle forum, said: "We have a huge difficulty in Reading on a number of roads, where we have to try and get cyclists in and out of town along some very narrow and congested roads."

He added he would like to see a 20mph speed limit on the stretch of road.

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