Stevenage cycle instructor fears accident over traffic sign position

Concerns have been raised over the position of a traffic information sign in Broadhall Way, Stevenag

Concerns have been raised over the position of a traffic information sign in Broadhall Way, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A CYCLE instructor is worried someone could have an accident after a traffic sign was installed on a cycle path.

One of the posts is on the cycle path in Broadhall Way

One of the posts is on the cycle path in Broadhall Way - Credit: Archant

Tina Walker, who teaches people how to ride a bike for a living, has hit out at Hertfordshire County Council over the placing of a traffic information sign which protrudes on to a cycle path in Broadhall Way, Stevenage.

The Stevenage resident said: “Admittedly the cycleway is quite wide but if you’re coming down the hill you’re going to be travelling at quite a lick. If you’re not expecting it the post is very easy to hit.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “We are aware of the issue concerning the position of the sign.

“In the short term we have put reflective tape round the posts to increase visibility but we will also be carrying out additional work to make it safer. This will include tapering the cycleway around the sign and providing reflective lining to ensure the edging of the cycle lane is more visible. The works will be undertaken by the end of April.”


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Responding, Mrs Walker added: “It’s just ridiculous, there’s no sense in it at all. What they’re doing is completely pointless.”

The sign is one of a dozen in the Stevenage area to be installed by maintenance contractors Ringway in February at a cost of £201,724.

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They are yet to go live but will provide real-time traffic updates when operated from a control centre at County Hall.

The complaint about the Broadhall Way sign follows the removal of another in Six Hills Way last week after residents raised concerns about its position.

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