Bold experiment is worth applauding
On behalf of Leicester Cycling Campaign Group (LCCG), I would like to congratulate Sir Peter Soulsby and the city council for closing one lane in Newarke Street to motorised traffic.
Even as an experiment, this is a bold move.
It is heartening to see the mayor is prepared to take on the motoring lobby and to make decisions which have the potential to create a city for people, rather than for cars.
The "carmageddon" that some pundits predicted would be caused by the closure seems not to have materialised, prompting expectations that the closure will become permanent.
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If so, Newarke Street could become a safer and more pleasant environment for cyclists and pedestrians alike.
LCCG wants to make cycling normal by creating the infrastructure and culture that will support a shift from cars to bikes.
We look forward to having discussions, disagreements and disputes with those decision-makers who can make this happen.
But we are also willing to give credit where it is due. Nice one, Sir Peter.
Eric Ludlow, LCCG press officer.
Here's a question / puzzle for your readers.
What do the following have in common – the mayor's office, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, The Highways Department and the chief constable's office?
Well, they all appear to employ staff with no brains or logic.
I will not say who, but some idiot as decided to close a lane on the inner city link road, the left hand lane on Newarke Street between the magazine, Pocklington Walk, Welford Place/Welford Road.
Now, let's see what problems this will cause.
Two lanes from Oxford Street turning right into Newarke Street and two lanes from the underpass into Newarke Street.
Four lanes of traffic merging into three, could cause a slight congestion. The left inside lane now carrying traffic towards Welford Place and Pocklington Walk.
The traffic lights showing red, all traffic at a standstill, traffic backing up in Oxford Road down to the Royal Hospital, back to the underpass and round to High Street, the other way.
So not really any problems, just one big traffic jam in the city.
Attention all motorists! Do not listen to the local radio traffic reports, because all they will say is the traffic in Newarke Street and surrounding roads is at a standstill, please avoid the area.
Logic surely tells you to close one of the lanes going right into Welford Place?
Ian G Lambert, Anstey Heights.