Liverpool’s new £4m cycle lane has left cyclists with questions

Cyclists in Liverpool have raised questions about the logic of the city's £4m new flagship bike lane.

The city council is close to completing the transformation of the key south Liverpool corridor of Princes Avenue in Toxteth.

£4m has been spent upgrading both the road itself and its central reservation, in a bid to create better cycling and walking facilities via a central boulevard.

And while some have welcomed the changes – some cyclists are questioning the scheme and whether its design will actually make things better for those on bikes.

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Cycling magazine editor James Maloney said: "Great magic trick by @lpoolcouncil of how to spend £4m for a cycle lane, then not make it into a cycle lane.

"Judging by these photos you can't access it from the bottom end due to the barriers. Nice one."

Another keen cyclist questioned why the cycle lane has been placed in the central reservation.

He said: "I cannot understand why the much vaunted cycle lanes were built on the central reservation, least of all along only about a third of it.

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"Cyclists will still have to cross the traffic TWICE (four traffic lanes total) to get on and off it again.

"Whoever designed this was obviously not a cyclist.

"Second, the lethal roundabout at the Princes Gate end is still just as bad as it ever was. There was a blind spot for cars entering from Kingsley Road due to badly positioned traffic signs -which are still there."

But Liverpool City Council has defended the flagship scheme and explained how they believe it can help cyclists to safely pass through the area.

A council spokesman pointed out that there will be two cycle lanes either side of Princes Road after the point where the newly created boulevard stops.

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It is proposed that cyclists can then join the cycle lane on the boulevard by using the newly constructed crossings adjacent to or opposite to Park Way.

They pointed out that these two cycle lanes will also shortly have the black and white columns installed to further segregate cyclists from other road users.

The council says the STEP scheme will provide a total of 1km of new cycle infrastructure between Upper Parliament Street and Princes Park Gate roundabout when it is completed.

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