Cyclists' plea on road revamp
Campaigners are calling for measures to improve safety for cyclists to be included in multi-million pound improvements to one of the busiest roads into Leicester.
The city council is to spend £5million on cutting bus journey times and easing congestion on the A426 between Blaby and the city centre.
However, cyclists fear an opportunity to make the Aylestone Road route safer for cyclists could be missed.
The scheme, run jointly by the city and county councils, envisages measures such as 24-hour bus lanes and improvements to junctions, crossing points and bus stops.
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The Leicester Cycling Campaign Group says the road is hazardous for riders.
Group spokesman Eric Ludlow said: "When the bus route improvements are made, there will be a golden opportunity to get much-needed safety measures for cyclists.
"Once this work has been done it could be years before there is another chance.
"We welcome the county and city councils' desire to improve bus access along the A426 into Leicester and the proposed changes will have a major impact both now and well into the future.
"The initial plans were designed to have a 'neutral impact' on other road users, including cyclists.
"This would mean that cyclists wanting to use the Aylestone Road to get into the city will continue to have to share this busy arterial route with cars, trucks and buses."
The group would like to see a segregated bike lane and junctions made safer.
"At junctions, we would like safer junctions with areas for cyclists," Mr Ludlow said. "Ideally, we would like a route that could be cycled in safety by a 10-year-old."
The councils say they hope the plans will improve cyclist safety anyway. They will listen to the views of all road users at a series of consultation events in the next few weeks.
County council transport spokesman Councillor Lesley Pendleton said: "This scheme should reap real benefits by improving bus journey times and service reliability."
Deputy city mayor Councillor Rory Palmer said: "I will be meeting the campaign group in the next few weeks."
Other proposed measures include real time travel information, a speed limit reduction and bus lane traffic signal controls. Consultation events will be held on:
Tuesday, October 2, 2pm to 7.30pm, at Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.
Thursday, October 4, 2pm to 7.30pm, at Leicester Tigers.
Saturday, October 6, noon to 5pm at Glen Parva Parish Council offices.
Tuesday, October 9, 2pm to 7.30pm, at Banks Cricket Club, Banks Road, Aylestone.
The consultation will end on October 26. It is anticipated work will start in January, for completion by October 2013.
The plans are available to view at: