The cycle lanes on this road have been confusing people for years

The confusing road layout on Leam Lane, Gateshead, has been deliberately designed to encourage more cyclists onto the roads

Leam Lane (Photo: Google Street View)

If you drive along the B1288 in Gateshead you may be confused as to the road markings. Extra wide cycle lanes and no central line on the road seem to have been baffling road users for some time.

As part of its 'confusing roads' series, The Chronicle did some digging to find out just why Leam Lane, between the Green pub and Heworth Golf Club, had been laid out in such a way. It has been like this for some time by the looks of it, with the Google Street Map image above dating back to 2012.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.