Locals are perplexed by the unusual ‘two-and-a-half second’ cycle lane, which they consider a “waste of money.”
A weird “two-and-a-half second-long” cycle lane in Nottinghamshire has been dubbed a “crazy waste of money” by locals.
The 10-foot-long ‘lane’ was painted along only one side of a mini-island in Stapleford, angering locals who called it “totally meaningless.”
Cycling along the red and white feature painted at the intersection of Ilkeston Road and Pasture Road takes only a few seconds.
It was organized by Nottinghamshire County Council to promote green transportation, but it has instead caused a backlash.
On his way to work as a software developer, Simon Lafferty, 37, of Sandiacre, Notts., cycles through the town.
“It has to be the most worthless cycle lanes in the UK,” he remarked. You’re on it for two seconds, if that, and then there’s nothing else nearby to do.
“I thought cycle lanes were intended to make traveling safer, but what good are they if you’re back in the middle of traffic on the main road before you can blink?”
“This is just comical really, and a crazy waste of taxpayers’ money,” he continued.
“It’s absolutely worthless and, if anything, more dangerous,” said local resident Jim Fearnall, 56.
“I’m not sure who came up with this brilliant concept, but they need to get their heads examined.” It’s making the neighborhood a laughingstock.” Stapleford received a £21.2 million government funding as part of the local towns fund to build cycle lanes in the area, therefore the modest feature was painted.
“It’s got to be one of the smallest cycle tracks in the world,” said Richard MacRae, Independent councillor for Stapleford North on Broxtowe Borough Council.
“It’s neither useful nor decorative, and the strange thing is that the state of our local roads is pretty bad – there’s a lot of other work that needs to be done.”
It’s entirely ineffective and, if anything, hazardous.
“I know they’re looking at future bike lane projects,” Cllr MacRae continued, “but it makes sense for the planning team to wait a little longer to make a better judgment and do it right.”
“It’s just been a week, and the paint is already deteriorating.” I’m simply a little taken aback.
“It took me two and a half seconds to ride my bike along it – I’m not sure what the point is.”
It isn’t the only smaller cycle lane in England that has been chastised for being a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Residents in Erdington, Birmingham, have been enquiring if their local council has any leftover “paint to use up” because they are perplexed.
They’ve been puzzled by a teeny-tiny strip etched out on Woodlands Farm Road, considered the UK’s shortest.
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