Silly cycle lanes just get shorter

SIGHTINGS of silly cycle lanes continue to flood in to The Journal newsdesk, all vying to be the country’s shortest bicycle lane.

Leslie Cheyner with a short cycle lane on Salters Lane, Sedgefield
Leslie Cheyner with a short cycle lane on Salters Lane, Sedgefield

SIGHTINGS of silly cycle lanes continue to flood in to The Journal newsdesk, all vying to be the country’s shortest bicycle lane.

After Karl McCracken contacted us on Monday to report a 10-metre lane that he discovered outside the new Gateshead College campus, we’ve been inundated with reports.

Malcolm Lockey, 70, from West Pastures, Fallowfield, Ashington, Northumberland, unearthed an 11-metre set of road markings next to Spittal Estate in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea on Wednesday.

But we have a new contender. Retired Leslie Cheyne, 59, from Lilac Avenue, Sedgefield, County Durham, is claiming he has found the country’s shortest cycle lane – and he might be right. Situated outside Sedgefield Community Hospital, the road markings measure just three metres from end-to-end.

Mr Cheyne said: “It’s been down for a couple of years now. I wrote to the council but they never got back to me.

“I don’t think it’s particularly dangerous, but it’s just a waste of money for what they’ve done.”

The lane sits between the roundabout and the bus stop outside the hospital, and at the far end is a large painting of a bicycle and an arrow.

Mr Cheyne added: “It’s about the length of a mini. I can’t see the point in it.”

A Durham County Council spokesman said: “The reason for this cycle lane is to keep cyclists, particularly less confident cyclists, safe when they negotiate the roundabout that was installed as part of the community hospital development.”

More sightings?

Have you seen a more pointless bike lane?

Or even a more pitifully drawn bicycle?

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