Bafflement at these Gloucestershire road markings
The traffic lights are gone and the workers have left the scene. But people living on the edge of Cheltenham are still scratching their heads at new cycle-friendly pavements and road markings.
Gone is a green verge and in its place is a wider freshly surfaced pavement with a bright white line near the kerb.
And people are wondering what it was all for, especially after all the hold-ups as the work was being carried out.
The new shared cycle path is in place in Up Hatherley Way, which links Shurdington Road with Cold Pool Lane and Hatherley Lane.
The idea is to improve facilities for cyclists, but many in the area are questioning what it is all for.
One Cheltenham resident, who lives in Campion Park, couldn’t understand why there were cycle signs in the road AND a cycle path.
He thought the narrow white line was actually the cycle lane, something other people have also thought on social media.
And popular Facebook page Spotted: Cheltenham has been filled with people confused by the whole thing after it posted the question: “Does anyone understand the new cycle path on Up Hatherley Way near Morrisons!?”
One wrote: “I say you need to be advanced to use the tiny strip they left on the pavement without falling off the kerb.”
One said: “Basically not a clue what they are trying to achieve and looks a waste of money.”
Another added: “Why is there cycle symbols on the road? Yet to see a bike!”
However, Rob Vale, local highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council has said: “The line markings show a shared area.
“This is so people who feel vulnerable cycling on the road can legally cycle on the footway instead.
“We’re hoping this will encourage more people to take up cycling to get from A to B.
“The white line acts as warning and a safe zone by showing people how close they are to the edge of the road.”
Since this story was shared on Facebook, a number of people have also had their say.
Lily Leanne said: “If there are signs on the path and the road for cyclists…..where do they expect the cars to go???”
Helen Brooke said: “It’s a complete waste of money when there are multiple potholes that need filling.”
Anne Murdock added: “I was totally confused when I drove along there today and did think what a waste of money.”
While on twitter, one man said, in a comment laced with irony: “Thank God for that white line next to the kerb, to indicate, I’m next to the kerb.
“I also assume no blind people cross the road at Runneymede. As no raised bobbles, they must only cross the road at Chargrove Lane and The Poplars.”