New bike lanes created as part of a £1 billion city centre redesign have made the roads more dangerous, according to safe cycling campaigners.
The new Portland Street cycle lanes, which were supposed to make the city centre more bike-friendly, only opened three weeks ago but are already coming under fire because buses have to cut directly across them to turn into Piccadilly.
A green bike lane is also positioned right in the middle of a bus stop and narrow lane of traffic – which cyclists say causes problems as buses are parking across the bike lane. The lanes have already made a top 12 list of the country’s most dangerous cycle lanes on a biking website. Council and transport bosses say it takes time for people to get used to any major changes but they welcome feedback on the new system.
Video footage of the new road, taken by a cyclist, shows buses cutting across the lanes and parking in the bike lane.
Nick Hubble, of Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, said:
The lanes have also been highlighted as some of the most unsafe by people who use the Global Cycling Network website. One cyclist wrote:
The Portland Street revamp is a scheme by Manchester council and TfGM.
Councillor Kate Chappell, executive member for environment, said:
A TfGM spokesman said the changes will come with a period of adjustment.