Create a bike lane on the New Walk
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Cycling on New Walk Leicester, a huge traffic free route into town, is prohibited forcing cyclists to use official bike routes on London Road Bus Lane or Regent's Road. London Road is up to 5 lanes of traffic past the chaos of the railway station and Regent's Road is busy and narrow. Both have been the site of fatalities.
The Leicester City Council has been asked several times to allow cycling on New Walk and to make this as comfortable as possible for pedestrians by designating a cycling lane. The Council has rejected previous petitions. Instead, it is planning to spend £2.75m of public money on a dual cycle lane plan for London Road, which is going to cause discomfort to motorists and pedestrians and not satisfy a majority of cyclists who will continue to prefer cycling in a green area without traffic.
While there have been recently extremely serious crime accidents in the nearby Victoria Park that the local police has failed to prevent, policemen have been sent in mid November on the New Walk on a mission to "hunt" cyclists. If this operation has had any result, it has been to demonstrate that the law that prevents cycling on the New Walk is neither enforced nor enforceable.
The objection to allowing cycling on New Walk as an historically traffic-free route is absurd. The history of the route was not deemed important enough to stop the Council tearing up the cobbled surface for increased pedestrian convenience.
Leicester Mercury's article about the petition: "'Why it is time to end absurd ban on cycling along Leicester's New Walk'" (27 November 2017):
Please after signing this petition go also to the poll of the Leicester Mercury and answer yes to "Should New Walk's cycling ban be lifted?"!
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