LETTER: Poor quality of new road designs

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As your article on the new cycle lanes on Parsonage Road, Horsham, highlighted (‘New cycle lanes condemned as dangerous’) these lanes are appallingly narrow. The response from WSCC’s spokesman that ‘the advisory lanes are below the desirable 1.5m - however they were like that before the scheme was implemented’ is simply not acceptable in 2015.

This is just one in a long list of equally poor quality new road designs which are failing to treat cycling as a serious form of transport. WSCC needs to act urgently to fix these issues or the proposed new development north of Horsham will perpetuate these same kinds of problems.

What will it take to get the council to build to even the absolute minimum standard required for safe cycling? Yet again we have a brand new stretch of road that has made cycling less safe and less attractive. The developers and the council promised better cycle lanes along Parsonage Road. There was no shortage of either space or money, yet we’ve ended up with something that is worse than we had before.

These cycle lanes are so narrow they simply don’t work. How many parents will let their 11-year-olds cycle to Millais and Forest along this busy road?

If we are serious about our children’s health and independence, about tackling obesity, congestion and pollution and about the role that having more people riding bikes can play in dealing with these issues then we need to provide safe roads that allow them to do so.

PETER SILBURN

Secretary, Horsham District Cycling Forum, Ringley Oak, Parsonage Road, Horsham

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