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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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.