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Keep pedestrians out of cycle lane

PUBLISHED: 12:20 30 July 2010 | UPDATED: 22:00 01 August 2010

WHAT an irony! After reading two letters (Journal Postbox, July 12) berating cyclists on the seafront and Rachel Moore having another go at cyclists, three pedestrians step off pavements in front of me.

WHAT an irony! After reading two letters (Journal Postbox, July 12) berating cyclists on the seafront and Rachel Moore having another go at cyclists, three pedestrians step off pavements in front of me.

Today I twice walked the length of the promenade. All but three cyclists were inside the designated cycle lane. The three outside were riding at sensible speed and stopping for pedestrians.

Maybe I was lucky with that but counting the number of pedestrians walking in the cycle lane would have been too much like hard work. It's a small proportion of the width of the promenade.

When it's busy if pedestrians kept outside the cycle lane their strength in numbers would go some way to force the cyclists to stay inside it. The cycle lane is a small proportion of the width of the promenade. There are signs at both ends telling cyclists to stay within the lane.

Perhaps there should be more signs at intermittent points? However, there is a stronger argument for signs asking pedestrians to stay out of the cycle lane.

Perhaps there is merit in Rachel Tucker's argument that it should be railed off but more for the opposite reason she thinks. Perhaps the lane could be more clearly defined by white lines, but evidence from all over Lowestoft and elsewhere shows that it would not keep pedestrians off.

The thoughtless cyclists who have always been there take the pleasure out of a promenade stroll, although in my view the extent of it gets exaggerated. I do not accept that the cycle lane has made it worse.

John Thompson

Dell Road

Oulton Broad

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