Cyclist group furious over 'unsafe' Long Lane island changes

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CYCLISTS are furious after claiming new road markings at Shell Corner island will cause chaos and crashes.

The new markings for cyclists on Long Lane and Nimmings Lane were branded ‘dangerous’ by the Stourbridge Bicycle Users Group.

Russell Eden, from the group, which has over 260 members, said: “Though these markings have been put down for cyclists they are outrageous and dangerous for cyclists.

“This is a classic case of Dudley Council doing something from the car drivers point of view and not what any sensible cyclist would want.”

The group, who help learner cyclists master the roads, claims the new markings send the cyclists around the outside of the island and leave cyclists exposed to drivers who will not see them.

Mr Eden said: “This is lethal because drivers and cyclists will have no idea what is going on and will be left as vulnerable as can be.

“Dudley Council have history with making awful decisions when it comes to cyclists, whoever is in charge of highways can never have rode a bike, it is just a tick-box mentality which doesn’t leave room for common sense.”

“I think they have will go back to the drawing board after this mess on Long Lane, they had to remove cycle systems before.”

He added: “And what is annoying is that this all comes out of taxpayers money.“ However, the council defended the recent changes around Long Lane and claimed cyclists were now safer.

Councillor Angus Adams, cabinet member for transportation, said: "We have installed the new cycling features as a measure to address concerns following a number of recent injuries involving people on bikes. We will, however, continue to monitor how effective the new measures are in providing safer journeys for cyclists and make any alterations where necessary."

Mr Eden has attended meetings of the Dudley Cycle Forum but believes they are a waste of time.

“We come up with suggestions and explain what needs to be done across the borough but council just disagree with everything we say.”

For more information about Stourbridge Bicycle User Group visit www.stourbug.org.uk.

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8:27pm Tue 22 Feb 11

Jim of bearwood says...

“Dudley Council is to shed 800 jobs as the full impact of savage public spending cuts becomes clear”
We are often shocked at the vast numbers of people that are losing their employment / income, but what people fail to realise is it’s not only those people that are effected, take into consideration that those 800 probably have a partner, maybe a couple of children, so it’s possibly nearer 3000 people that have had their lives destroyed, but Dudley Council have a duty to make savings and to give best value to its ratepayers so I am all for making efficiency savings.
Recently I was making one of my regular journeys through the Shell Corner / Long Lane area and noticed there had been some changes made to the Shell Corner traffic island, to be honest in all the years I have been negotiating the traffic island I have never had a problem with it, but for some reason Dudley Council appear to think I have and for whatever reason they have now painted a green ring round the traffic island, I can only assume it’s to make it look prettier because I can’t think of any functional use for it being there, they have also painted several little cycles on the green circle for whatever reason, my first reaction was to bang my head against the windscreen of the car, of course I didn’t do this and just put it down to council stupidity and continued my journey.
A short while after the Shell Corner traffic island was changed I noticed that road works were being carried out at the bottom of Malt Mill Lane.
As days went on I noticed a new raised section of concrete was starting to grow at the bottom of Malt Mill Lane, my first thought was that this would clearly cause problems for any long vehicles driving from the direction of Blackheath and then attempting to turn into Malt Mill Lane, but clearly the council had to get rid of some excess money so why not waste it on another load of concrete, that would cause another obstruction for traffic using the roads in the borough, after all the Kent Road obstructions have been an overwhelming success, at peak times nothing moves on that stretch of road now.
What’s wrong with these people in the council? Hasn’t it occurred to them that had they not wasted all that money on a senseless idea of blocking up a road with concrete or painting pretty circles on roads, the money wasted could have paid the income for 4 or 5 people to remain employed instead of them being thrown on the ever increasing dole queue, can I suggest that the first people to be made unemployed should be taken from the highways planning department, who knows the money saved may mean that most of the 800 could be kept in employment.

Jim of Bearwood.
“Dudley Council is to shed 800 jobs as the full impact of savage public spending cuts becomes clear” We are often shocked at the vast numbers of people that are losing their employment / income, but what people fail to realise is it’s not only those people that are effected, take into consideration that those 800 probably have a partner, maybe a couple of children, so it’s possibly nearer 3000 people that have had their lives destroyed, but Dudley Council have a duty to make savings and to give best value to its ratepayers so I am all for making efficiency savings. Recently I was making one of my regular journeys through the Shell Corner / Long Lane area and noticed there had been some changes made to the Shell Corner traffic island, to be honest in all the years I have been negotiating the traffic island I have never had a problem with it, but for some reason Dudley Council appear to think I have and for whatever reason they have now painted a green ring round the traffic island, I can only assume it’s to make it look prettier because I can’t think of any functional use for it being there, they have also painted several little cycles on the green circle for whatever reason, my first reaction was to bang my head against the windscreen of the car, of course I didn’t do this and just put it down to council stupidity and continued my journey. A short while after the Shell Corner traffic island was changed I noticed that road works were being carried out at the bottom of Malt Mill Lane. As days went on I noticed a new raised section of concrete was starting to grow at the bottom of Malt Mill Lane, my first thought was that this would clearly cause problems for any long vehicles driving from the direction of Blackheath and then attempting to turn into Malt Mill Lane, but clearly the council had to get rid of some excess money so why not waste it on another load of concrete, that would cause another obstruction for traffic using the roads in the borough, after all the Kent Road obstructions have been an overwhelming success, at peak times nothing moves on that stretch of road now. What’s wrong with these people in the council? Hasn’t it occurred to them that had they not wasted all that money on a senseless idea of blocking up a road with concrete or painting pretty circles on roads, the money wasted could have paid the income for 4 or 5 people to remain employed instead of them being thrown on the ever increasing dole queue, can I suggest that the first people to be made unemployed should be taken from the highways planning department, who knows the money saved may mean that most of the 800 could be kept in employment. Jim of Bearwood. Jim of bearwood
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