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Convoy of cyclists hits Carlisle streets to demand safer routes

A group of cyclists have clubbed together to push for better provisions for those travelling around Carlisle on two wheels.

Cyclists photo
The cyclists in Carlisle city centre

Around 25 cyclists travelled in protest around the city last night to hit out against a lack of cycle lanes and intolerant drivers.

The cyclists came together to travel through the city centre in one big ‘vehicle’ and say they hope to repeat the trip on the first Tuesday of every month.

Cycle Carlisle was one of the groups involved in setting up the trip which left from Tithe Barn on West Walls at 6pm.

Sam Fletcher, from the group, said: “There are a couple of messages we are trying to get across. The first is we want to encourage more people to use bikes in the city and hopefully this will lead to fewer people using cars.

“We want the council to take notice of the fact that there are people in this city who want to cycle and they should make better provisions for them.”

Mr Fletcher added that more people using bikes for short journeys would help resolve traffic problems but also called on drivers to be more tolerant.

He said: “Most drivers leave plenty of room but some push past too close and too fast.

“We want them to realise that there are other users on the road with as much right to be there as those in vehicles and they have to be given space.”

Mr Fletcher added that current provisions for cyclists are not good enough. He said: “There are cycle lanes that end at major junctions with drains in them and one with a lamppost on it. These are just token efforts to be honest and we would like to see them improved.”

County councillors have previously assured that they are not anti-cyclist. Conservative John Mallinson, who chairs the Carlisle local committee, said recently: “While it won’t be easy to secure funding for large projects to improve the cycling on offer, I would be interested in exploring anything that makes the cyclist’s life a little bit easier.”

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I'm sorry other Brian but you just don't get it do you?

You can't keep saying keep off our roads, because they aren't just your roads. How many times do people have to tell you that car drivers are not the only people who pay tax for the roads?

No wonder people get upset with ignorant car drivers, not only do they have no consideration for others but clearly they don't listen, read comments properly or take things in very well.

Here's a thought other Brian, why don't you keep off my roads?

Posted by Brian on 20 August 2010 at 19:43

Mike on 13 August 2010 at 14:01 - I'll just face the fact that you don't understand the conversations.

benjamin on 14 August 2010 at 22:30 - It is you cyclists that tear up our environment by riding on footpaths in our beautiful lake district which is being ruined by mountain bikers. In towns and cities you fail to keep to specific cycle paths, think you own the roads and in the country side you see it as your duty to tear up our paths and even go off route chearning up the environment.

benjamin if you do feel so childish to ride in the middle of the road and slow cars down I do hope you don't come off 2nd best.

Your childish comments just sums up the mentality of people who find the desire to ride on our roads

Posted by Brian on 15 August 2010 at 20:19

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