Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Could this be the world's shortest cycle lane?!

Located by the riverside, leading down to Wapping Street in South Shields, I wasn't sure where you could go or could have come from?!!


Anonymous Doug Ridgway said...

I have just read your blogspot about the "shortest cycle lane' on Wapping Street that according to you leads nowhere.
If you taken the trouble to look around you or research further you would have found that found that this cycle lane is part of one of the longest continuously signed cycle routes in the UK, namely Hadrian’s Cycleway - National Cycle Route 72.
This cycle route runs between Arbeia - South Shields and Ravenglass in Cumbria and is 174 miles in length, traversing the whole length of Hadrian’s Frontier - World Heritage Site and is the ONLY such route to be wholly within a World Heritage Site in Europe. This route is now the second most popular long distance tourist cycle route in the UK and attracts thousands of visitors not only from the UK but from all over the World, thus bring much needed tourism money into the region.
From your blog it appears you are not aware of this although you live in South Shields as I do.
For more information on this route log please on to my website.

Re short cycle lane at Wapping Street.
Had you taken the time to study this junction you would observe other short green cycle lanes with a solid white edge line in the opposite direction - up to the Give Way line at the junction of River Drive and up River Drive to j/w Mile End Road.
These short lanes are used to indicate sections of the highway where vehicles other than cycles are not permitted to enter or obstruct giving greater safety to cyclists at these points.
Cycle routes are not indicated continuously by such green lanes ONLY in areas where conflicts can occur.

I trust you will give equal emphasise to the short bus lanes in the borough - same of which are shorter than a bus.

As your party leader is well renowned for using his bicycle to ride to Westminster I find your comments to be contrary to your parties aspirations on sustainable transport.

8:14 am  
Blogger Karen Allen said...

I am actually a very keen cyclist, as is David Cameron (as you point out) as is Boris Johnson and many other members of the Conservative Party. I really enjoy cycling down the coastline and often take the ferry across the Tyne to continue my journey along the beautiful North East coastline.

I certainly did not mean to cause any offense by my blog post. I was aware that small part of cycle track is part of the Hadrian route. While cycling one day a fellow cyclist pointed out the lane next to Wapping St to me and my post was meant to be nothing more than light hearted in its nature.

Encouraging cycling will be a major priority for a future Conservative Government.

Conservatives would change the culture of highways planning to push the concerns of cyclists much higher up the agenda of the professionals who manage our roads. By encouraging DfT officials to “think cyclist” we would aim to spread that mentality, far and wide, to those officials and councillors who are responsible for managing roads, with the goal of making cycling a safer and more attractive transport option – and helping the future of road racing itself.

5:21 pm  

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