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Why do pedestrians walk in Wirral bicycle lanes?
1:33pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 in Letters
I FEEL I have to comment on the New Brighton cycle lane argument and especially Ian Taylor’s recent letter; this whole thing isn't about what is legal, or what the law says, it’s about common sense.
The promenade at the point in question is approximately 30ft wide and around 6ft is taken up by a cycle lane.
I have myself cycled there many times, and in winter when the promenade is almost empty, there could be maybe a handful of people there.
And one thing I have noticed is, they seem magically drawn to the cycle lane; in fact, the whole prom could be empty, with two people out walking, and of course, they are drawn in between the clearly marked white lanes that mark the lane.
I have also cycled the Harrison Drive part of the cycle lane that goes to Leasowe, which is behind the wall, so there you have a large promenade, and vast acres of beach to walk dogs in - but where are they walking? You guessed it, in the tiny little cycle lane behind the wall!
I really have to wonder what the attraction is for pedestrians to be so compelled to walk in cycle lanes, and by the way, Mr Taylor, cars do not have automatic right of way on the roads.
William by email.