Derbyshire cyclists insulted by 'pathetic' bike lane

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Picture shows a 4 meter long cycle lane in Chesterfield. As soon as a cyclist joins the cycle lane they have to leave the lane. See Ross Parry copy RPYCYCLE
Bungling council chiefs have been left with red faces after cyclists slammed a brand-new bike lane Ð which is just FOUR METRES long.
The super-short cycle lane was painted in Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbys., this month and was immediately slammed by the townÕs cycling community.
Bike commuter Will Jones, 22, said: ÒIt makes the council a laughing stock really.

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
Picture shows a 4 meter long cycle lane in Chesterfield. As soon as a cyclist joins the cycle lane they have to leave the lane. See Ross Parry copy RPYCYCLE
Bungling council chiefs have been left with red faces after cyclists slammed a brand-new bike lane – which is just FOUR METRES long.
The super-short cycle lane was painted in Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbys., this month and was immediately slammed by the town’s cycling community.
Bike commuter Will Jones, 22, said: “It makes the council a laughing stock really.

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

Cyclists in the quaint market town of Chesterfield are up in arms about a four-metre long cycle path that takes in two dropped kerbs, two Give Way markers, two painted bicycles and two sets of painted hatched lines, as well as being flanked by an arc of double-yellows.

The colourful cycleway has been blasted by the town's two-wheeled citizens, who feel the pavement daubing is "stupid" and causes "embarrassment" to the town.

Cycling commuter Will Jones, 22, told the Derbyshire Times: "It makes the council a laughing stock. Why on earth would anybody need a cycle lane so short? It's stupid."

Other pedal-powered residents feel that the local council has wasted money on the tiny patch of pavement; money that could have been better spent painting fresh cycle lanes on dangerous routes that desperately need them.

Cyclist Lisa Jennings, 36, blasted the tiny cycle lane, telling the Derbyshire Times: "It's an embarrassment to the town. There are so many dangerous roads, which really do need a cycle lane but don't have one. To paint this pathetic little lane is just an insult to cyclists who are forced to use genuinely dangerous roads, which still don't have a cycle lane. The council needs to get its priorities straight."

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council told MailOnline: "This is not a four-metre long cycle path - it is part of our Chesterfield town-wide network.

"The photograph makes it look odd because it is a busy part of town and it is intersected by two road junctions.

"We're keen to promote cycling and make our towns accessible to cyclists. This cycle path is a continuation of a longer cycle path from the A61 Derby Road, through the picturesque Queen's Park into the town centre."