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Jenny posted..

[QUOTE=Serenity]Well if narrowing Newbridge Lane (which is extremely busy road again at peak time)to widen the pavement size to incorporate a bicycle lane, that no one will probably use .... then yes my views are always going to be the same (and in your eyes) negative.[/QUOTE]

I'm glad that you bought up New Bridge Lane, as this is often misunderstood.

Prior to the work, there was a single lane of traffic in each direction along there. It's just that the road was particularly wide - a lot of wasted space. This is a Google Street View of the location prior to the cycle work taking place.

Following the work, there is still a single lane of traffic in each direction, however the road is no longer stupidly wide and the pavements have been widened to introduce a shared cycle/pedestrian route along them. The net impact to traffic is 0, while the benefit to non motorized traffic is immense.

It's easy to hear the phrase "narrow the road" and jump around in anger without understanding the context. It's perfectly possible to narrow a road without losing any traffic capacity.

On the subject of cycling infrastructure that isn't used. These things take time. People aren't going to cycle en masse before improvements are made, there is a perception that unimproved roads are dangerous (I both agree and disagree with this perception, however it depends on specific locations). The infrastructure needs to come first, then people will start using it.

Build it and they will come, as they say.