Cycle Lanes: Safety under Scrutiny
Latest research has shed doubt on the benefits of cycle lanes, often thought to be a key incentive for novice cyclists. It would appear that, in the absence of a cycle lane, drivers show more care and consideration when overtaking. If there is a cycle lane, drivers tend to treat it as the only space cyclists need and leave less room when overtaking them.
Many cycle lanes are not even the recommended width (2 metres recommended, 1.5 metres minimum), so they are often too narrow, and may present obstacles such as drain covers, pot holes and rubbish.
Cycling England says: “Cycle lanes can provide benefits for cyclists but they should not be considered to be the default solution for on-road facilities, especially when this results in them being too narrow, badly sited or not continuous.”
CTC Press Release