Motorist parking on Bradford’s brand new cycle route have been condemned for their actions of blatantly blocking the new cycle superhighway with their vehicles despite the fact that the cycle route is not officially open yet.
The flagship 23k City Connect cycle superhighway, dubbed as the ‘highway to health’ when it was announced, links up Bradford and Leeds with a segregated lane that runs from east Leeds to the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford city centre.
Local residents as well as local councillors claim claim the route has been reduced to little more than an expensive car park despite it being a clearly-marked mandatory cycle lane. On the two-lane track in Dick Lane, Thornbury, and at other locations in Bradford Moor, motorists have been parking their cars, much to the annoyance of locals.
The first CS1 stretch of the superhighway between Leeds and Bradford will be officially opened in the week beginning 20th June, followed by the second stage, CS2, that runs between Seacroft and Leeds during July this year.
With the official opening of the route fast approaching, CityConnect are working with traffic enforcement teams from both cities and will be embarking on a parking crackdown along the route before the opening. Local residents who have voiced concerns over the parking will be glad to hear that the illegal parking will be addressed very soon.
John Day, resident of Dick Lane, Thornbury, told local press, “They would not leave their car in the first lane of a motorway? Bradford Council need to enforce penalty notices for parking on it. Drivers are breaching it all of the time. They are just not respectful at all. It’s dangerous. I’m worried about an accident. What’s the purpose of it? It’s just annoying. It is defeating the purpose. It is clearly for a cycle lane.”
Mr Day went on to comment further: “There are a few cars doing it every day. There are double yellow lines down there so people are parking on the cycle lane. It’s a bike lane for bikes, not a parking bay to leave your car.”
CityConnect became aware of people using the cycle route as a parking area and understand how frustrated local residents have become. The company will be installing no parking signs along the lanes shortly, followed by other enforcements to deter motorist from using the route to park their cars.
The £29m superhighway has been jointly funded by the Department for Transport, Bradford and Leeds councils and transport authority Metro. Two highway traffic authorities will be enforcing the new ‘no-parking’ restrictions once the signage is in place and will notify local residents and businesses before enforcement will start so they have plenty of notice to cease parking on the cycle route.
A CityConnect spokesman said “We will be publicising a date to begin enforcement as soon as possible.”