Thursday 10am: A bid to build a cycle lane in Bridge Street in Peterborough has been heavily rejected by councillors.
At a full meeting of Peterborough City Council at the town hall last night (9 October), a motion was put forward by Cllr Darren Fower (Werrington, Lib Dem) for a cycle lane in the busy city centre street.
However, when the motion was put to a vote, 46 councillors voted against the idea, with only four in favour.
The issue has been a hot topic in Peterborough in recent months after council leader Marco Cereste called for a ban on cycling in the city centre after his son was nearly hit by a cyclist in Bridge Street.
Cllr Fower told the meeting that he had collected a petition of “hundreds of signatures” from people in favour of a cycle lane in Bridge Street.
Cllr Fower said: “The majority of people are in favour of this.
“This is about looking at safety issues. It is a common sense solution to a self-created problem.”
Council leader Marco Cereste said the idea was unworkable due to the large volume of shoppers who walk across Bridge Street.
Cllr Cereste added: “We would have to spend thousands of pounds taking down the trees in the street.”
Cllr Keith Sharp (North, Indp) said: “We are coming up with strange ideas these days, I laughed when I saw this.
“I’ve always wondered where Narnia was - it’s sitting a few rows in front of me.”