Surrey withdraws dangerous cycle path following barrage of complaints

Cycle lane, Epsom Road, Leatherhead

Following complaints from the Mole Valley Cycling Forum that a new cycling facility was unsafe, Surrey County Council say they are  withdrawing the cycle path on Epsom Road, Leatherhead,  while planners and designers go back to the drawing board.

The 300-metre long two-way path on the pavement was featured on this website. In places it was  too narrow for even one bike width and resembled a slalom course, with  its 18 lampposts, traffic lights, railings and no waiting signs cyclists had to weave around.

Planners completely ignored government guidelines which advise a width of between 1.5 and 2 metres - for a one-way path! And this was intended as two-way!

When the council acted to widen the path to at best one metre wide, they used a slippery paint to obliterate the original white line, which sparked further outrage.

Phillip Darnton, chairman of Cycling England, the government body promoting cycling demonstration towns, described the Epsom Road facility as a "wonderful example of a piece of nonsense."

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "In response to comments received from local cyclists we are temporarily withdrawing the cycling facility while we review the design and implementation of the cycle path. To this purpose we will be obliterating the existing lining in the immediate future and returning the path solely to a footway for the use of pedestrians only."

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.