We all know that councils of every complexion are putting more emphasis on cycling. Locally, there’s now a proposal to provide cycle routes from Frimley to Camberley. Which is good. But we do wish that the county council would get its facts right .
For years, SCC documents have shown that a cycle ‘signed advisory route’ – shown by the thin red line on this map – exists between the High Street and Park Street. For years, we’ve been pointing out that that, in reality, it doesn’t!
Here’s our argument.
The photo below establishes that there’s no cycle route eastbound at all.
The position for westbound cyclists isn’t quite so explicit. But, as our next photos show, although there’s a very worn outline of a cycle on the roadway at the start of the service road, any cyclist who relied on it would be dead within minutes. (Actually, the outline is so worn that we now realise that you can barely make it out in our photo.)
In practice, the road is little different from the zillions of other roads where cyclists have to compete with other traffic. Indeed, the service road is particularly perilous for unwary cyclists; there’s a risk that a driver from one of the row of parked cars will open their door without looking behind them. Cyclists have to stay well-away.
Calling the service road an advisory route may enable the county council to put a tick in a box. However, it’s meaningless in practice. Worse, until SCC recognises the error, it’s not going to provide any better facilities. Hard luck, cyclists!