Bridge Street cycle lane bid rejected

Plans for a cycle lane in Bridge Street have been rejected
Plans for a cycle lane in Bridge Street have been rejected
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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.”

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