Cyclist in push for safer crossing
CYCLISTS are being applauded in the push to go green , but one route is making it dangerous for those who like to rely on pedal power. And one cyclist has spoken up about a flaw in the design of the roads leading to the Baldock bypass and the constructio
CYCLISTS are being applauded in the push to "go green", but one route is making it dangerous for those who like to rely on pedal power.
And one cyclist has spoken up about a flaw in the design of the roads leading to the Baldock bypass and the construction of the cycle path.
Mark Shoobert from Rivett Close, Baldock, said: "Eventually someone will get hurt there. I've seen so many near misses of people trying to cross there on bikes."
Being aware of his carbon footprint the 43-year-old cycles to work and back every day and says the route from Baldock to his job in Argyle Way, Stevenage, is hazardous.
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During the journey from Jacks Hill the path takes cyclists in the same direction of the road, encouraging them to turn left towards the A1(M) roundabout.
However, Mr Shoobert claims that cyclists who have to turn right towards Baldock take their lives in their own hands - checking for fast approaching traffic on the dual carriageway from the Baldock direction while also observing traffic from the Jacks Hill junction wanting to turn left.
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Mr Shoobert said: "There's no controlled crossing, you have to run. If the path had been on the other side it would have taken away half the traffic.
"Unfortunately you have no other route to take. They could either move it or make it a crossing controlled by lights."
Regarding the urge for environmentally friendly travel the concerned cyclist said: "They make all the right sounds, but create a situation like this!"
The cycle path was discussed in the original meeting at Baldock Town Hall where the bypass plans were exhibited and cyclists were assured that they would have no problems on the new road.
Mr Shoobert said: "In the meeting they said they wouldn't be compromising public safety, they would be improving it."
A spokesman for Herts Highways said: "This is the first time that this particular issue has been raised since the road has been open.
"New road schemes are routinely subjected to 'before and after' safety studies, at which time any issues which may have come to light are addressed.
"Any members of the public who have any concerns about the road can contact Hertfordshire Highways in the first instance via the general number 01438 737320 or 01923 471320.