Surrey Road Police have Tweeted that the county’s cycle lanes “are not fit for purpose” because they are “full of potholes and manhole covers” and are in an even worse state than the county’s roads and that luckily cyclists aren’t required to use them.
Replying to @SurreyRoadCops @tashabailiex
So what about when they ride in the middle of the road ignoring the dedicated cycle lanes provided e.g. by the river in Kingston?
Most cycle lanes are not fit for purpose. Full of potholes and manhole covers – no requirement (thankfully) to use them.
10:14 PM – Feb 18, 2018
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The tweet from the @SurreyRoadCops account was in response to a motorist’s complaint about cyclists not using cycle lanes and went on to say that “there is no requirement (thankfully) to use them”. (Oddly getSurrey which first reported on the police tweet suggested that the police “infer” that cyclists don’t have to use cycle lanes when actually they came right out and said it (cos they don’t).
The @SurreyRoadCops account has form when it comes to sticking up for cyclists, as we reported last October they told a motorist he was ‘too childish to drive’ after he took to Twitter and rather aggressively objected to the close pass operation the force had recently run. Last December Surrey Police produced a widely praised video showing motorists how to overtake cyclists safely.
In March last year a coroner said he would issue a prevention of future deaths report to Surrey County Council following an inquest in to the death of cyclist, Ralph Brazier, after he hit a partially submerged defect next to a drain cover on the A317 in Weybridge. In his findings the coroner was critical of the local authority for taking a different approach to assessing risks posted by defects in cycle lanes to how it would treat faults on the main carriageway.
Little wonder that as getSurrey goes on to report cyclists in the east of the county are coming together to protest at the piecemeal nature of cycling infrastructure in the county and to campaign for improvements.
So we know that Surrey’s cycle lanes are officially rubbish, what about the ones near you?