Cycle lanes can make roads more dangerous

11.34 | 11 September 2009 |

Cycle lanes can make roads more dangerous for cyclists because they encourage motorists to drive closer when overtaking bicycles, according to a Times Online news report.

The Times report says that a new study shows that drivers give cyclists a wider berth on roads where there is no lane because they assume that they should share the road and make more allowance for the risk of wobbles.

The study, by Leeds and Bolton universities, suggests that reducing the speed and volume of traffic would be more effective in improving cycle safety than narrow cycle lanes.

Click here to read the full Times Online news report.


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