Mixed reaction to Nottingham cycle lane improvements

While cyclists back the £6.1m improvements to Nottingham's cycleways, but one resident believes the council needs to prioritise the roads for drivers

Castle Boulevard (Photo: Google Maps)

The announcement of an improvement in Nottingham cycle paths has been met with mixed reaction from riders and motorists.

Part of a £6.1m investment, the scheme will see a segregated cycle lane being built alongside Castle Boulevard, as well as a network of bike paths across the city.

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Like London, Nottingham will get an east-west cycle path from the university, along University Boulevard to the new cycle route on Castle Boulevard. It will also see an north-south route that will travel from Bulwell to Clifton via the city centre and City Hospital.

Hugh McClintock, from pressure group Pedals, welcomed the news, telling the Nottingham Post: "A lot of shared paths were developing 20-25 years ago and aren't fit for purpose. We'll wait for the detail, but in principle these corridors are something we are keen on and will be great for Nottingham's cyclists."

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But resident Phillip Greaves, 75, of Sherwood, did not agree that it is money well spent.

"I know it's different pots of money, but the cycle lanes shouldn't be a priority; you need to look at potholes and things instead," he told the Post.

"There are so many more motorists than cyclists."

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