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Douglas promenade cycle lane removed for 12 month trial

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Image caption The cycle lane has been removed along Douglas promenade for a 12-month trial

A cycle lane on Douglas Promenade has been removed in a bid to encourage a "mix of recreational users to the area", infrastructure bosses have said.

Cyclists are now free to use the full width of the promenade having previously been restricted to a narrow lane on the seaward side.

Traffic and Safety Manager Kevin Almond said it is hoped the move will create a "more family-orientated space".

The Department of Infrastructure will run a trial for 12 months.

A spokesman said they would monitor the impact on pedestrians and cyclists during the trial.

He said: "While there may be concern that cyclists and pedestrians do not mix safely, current research 'paints a very different picture'.

"Evidence provided by organisations such as the Transport Research Laboratory, Sustrans and the Cycle Touring Club suggests a high degree of safety where the user groups are not segregated".

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