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POLL: Should cyclists be allowed in car-free town centre?

Do you think people should be allowed to ride bicycles in Northbrook Street and Market Place when a 24-hour car ban is enforced in Newbury town centre from Monday, June 1?

Andy Murrill

Andy Murrill


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Should cyclists be allowed in car-free town centre?



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  • Bored of registering

    28/05/2020 - 12:54

    What is the safe cycling route alternative from say St Johns to Waitrose? (For a road bike, not a mountain bike or bike OK off road/paths) I'll wait....


    • NewburyLad

      28/05/2020 - 18:42

      Dead easy. As you just said St Johns I assume you can start St Johns Roundabout (with the handy green cycle lanes painted on it) Newton Road, Blackboys Bridge, Bartholomew Street. Then a choice. Straight on Bartholomew Street until the start of the pedestrian zone where you can dismount and walk, over the bridge, along Northbrook Street to the end of the pedestrian zone where you can get back on the bike, The Broadway, Oxford Street, Oxford Road, and into Waitrose. If you don't want to do the walking bit, turn right in Bartholomew Street, into Market Street, Cheap Street, Bear Lane, Wharf Road, over the bridge, Parkway, Park Street then resume as above from The Broadway. You're welcome.


  • Neil1

    28/05/2020 - 07:22

    Whatever the outcome of this survey, Northbrook Street forms part of the 82 mile Sustrans Route 4 Kennet & Avon Cycle Route, so it is difficult to see how you can ban cyclists from the town centre and still maintain continuity of this piece of the National Cycle Network.


    • NewburyLad

      28/05/2020 - 12:53

      The ONLY bit of Route 4 on Northbrook Street is where it emerges from Northcroft Lane by Cotes to disappear down the footpath by the side of the closed Pastie shop. A distance of 29 yards. Are you seriously trying to suggest that the pedestrianisation of Northbrook Street disrupts the continuity of the NCL-4 ? Ironically, I double-checked the views on Google Earth to measure the distance and what do I find - a cyclist jumping the red traffic light to go over the little bridge, and cycling on the "pavement" part and not the road, and cycling against the traffic! An absolute perfect reason why the council is right to try and ban cyclists from cycling in the pedestrian area. Wish I could post a screenshot! Oh and in case it is hard to understand, cyclists should of course dismount at the start of the pedestrian zone and walk, getting back on their bikes when at the end of the zone.


  • Lynus

    27/05/2020 - 18:19

    Share with care. Cyclists should slow down. Pedestrians should be more alert.


  • NbyLad

    27/05/2020 - 12:43

    Banning cyclists from travelling through the town will discourage cyclists from coming into town and going to the shops, promote cycle use enabling them to use areas in the town, make the areas safe and all will be OK!!


    • NewburyLad

      27/05/2020 - 13:00

      Couldn't you think of a better username. As for your comment - what utter rubbish. Are you referring to cyclists who just want to cycle through the town, or are you referring to cyclists who want to cycle into town. If they want to go from one side of the town to the other, then there is nothing them from doing what cars do - use the roads and the cycle lanes that are to the sides of the roads. If they want to just come into town to go to the shops, this is what they do, they cycle along the roads and cycle lanes up to the point where the pedestrianisation begins. They apply the brake, stop, get off and then walk to the shop they want, locking the bike to the nearest bike stand. When they have done their shopping, they get their bike and walk in the direction they want until they reach the end of the pedestrian zone then they can mount their bike and cycle off. It really isn't a difficult concept to understand and follow.


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