Hazardous pinch-point

Dear Sir, — Access from Sydney Road in Crewe to the cycleway along the Manchester railway line has significantly improved as part of rebuilding the bridge.
The new pedestrian refuge on the road, however, has created a hazardous pinch-point for people cycling along the road and this was pointed out to the local authority during the consultations. The road narrows here to only 3.30 metres whereas the department for transport’s cycling infrastructure design guide recommends a minimum gap of four metres. 
To prevent dangerous overtaking cyclists are advised to “take the lane” and cycle through the middle of the gap. Installing a “parallel crossings” (a zebra crossings with a cycle lane directly alongside) would have avoided this conflict. — Yours faithfully,
MATTHIAS BUNTE
Cycling UK, 
Sandbach.

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