Watch moment drivers block a cycle route leaving riders frustrated – but who’s in the wrong?

A VIDEO shows the moment drivers block a cycle route, leaving riders completely frustrated.

Local cyclists in Bristol claim that a cycling lane has become “totally pointless” due to vehicles parking on it.


A video shows the moment drivers block a cycle route, leaving riders frustratedCredit: Twitter @philsturgeon
Later this year, as part of two projects to upgrade walking and cycling, the temporary lane will be modified


Later this year, as part of two projects to upgrade walking and cycling, the temporary lane will be modifiedCredit: Twitter @philsturgeon

In a video uploaded to Twitter, Phil Sturgeon explained how vehicles are blocking the route along “one of the busiest roads in central Bristol – the Hill up Park Row.”

Phil Sturgeon said on the video: “This is a bike lane. On one end, you have a car with the magic hazards lights on; on the other, you have another car with the magic hazards on.

“And a van just pulling in to block it even more.”

Phill Surgeon said to that there is a car park 20 metres away behind the parade of shops, and he believes that the cycle line is “intermittent and already confusing” even without drivers parking over the wands, “adding to that confusion and causing conflict.”

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Rob Bryher, another local rider, said: “I’ve never been able to use this short stretch of ‘cycle infrastructure’ without it being blocked, forcing us back into traffic, or having cars drive straight towards me into it on the wrong side of the road.”

But later this year, the temporary lane will undergo improvements as part of two walking and cycling projects.

Ian Pond of the Bristol Cycling Campaign said to Bristol Live that the work would not be finished before February 2024.

“The cycling provision on Park Row, originally installed as part of the Covid measures in 2020, is poor quality, intermittent and urgently needs to be improved.

“It’s good to see that there is an approved, high-quality and comprehensive plan to dramatically enhance the cycling and walking domain along this road. We all look forward to its completion.”

Builders were scheduled to start work at the end of this year, according to a council update in January. At the time, head of city transport Adam Crowther said: “I cycled up and down Park Row a lot when it first went in, checking on the traffic.

“It’s a little bit tired now, it has been parked all over, and those little plastic bollards can work — but they need to work in the right environment.

“This scheme will put hard starts and finishes to a lot of those cycle lanes, so it feels more like a cycle lane rather than someone’s just putting a cone in the middle of the road that you can drive over if you want to.

“The traffic signals will be replaced, the bus stops will be upgraded, and there’ll be better pavements.

“It’s a big, ambitious scheme, and it’ll be impressive when we get to a finalised permanent scheme.”

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