Town hall owners have defended a ‘ridiculous’ junction as part of a new way of cycling after it could endanger both motorcyclists and riders.
Road layout means cars are turning from Bridge Lane to Valley Road. برہمال۔, Almost immediately hit another set of giveway lines.
Critics say this would mean an increase in rear-end shoots and put cyclists at risk, as motorcyclists cannot be expected to re-brake so quickly.
The junction is part of the Brahmal Park to A6 Mayor Challenge Fund Scheme, which was given the green light last year.
And Stock port Council leaders say the goal is to improve the lives of pedestrians and cyclists along the way – including giving them priority, including crossing side roads.
Owners say this is in line with government guidelines, which will appear in the revised Highway Code after it takes effect next year.
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One unbelievable Braham Hall resident, however, is Robert Ridley, who became a driving instructor after retiring from a 32-year career in journalism.
He told Local Democracy Reporting Service: “I live very close and he saw me as the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
“While I think there is an advance towards turning cars (priority), you didn’t even turn the length of the car before you hit the road.”
He thinks that any driver chasing another vehicle at the junction is ‘almost certainly overtaking them from behind’.
And while Mr. Ridley acknowledges that this could reflect changes to the Highway Code, his concerns about the safety of road users remain.
“I think it’s potentially dangerous and I would be surprised if there were no accidents,” he added.
Brahamhall North Councilor Linda Holt says she is aware of the concerns – and says the situation needs to be monitored.
“I am in favor of active travel, but I still have problems with the practical setting when it is not appropriate or if it can be annoying or dangerous for either party,” he said.
“The thing is, that junction in a minute, it looks like it could be difficult for cyclists as well as motorcyclists.
“I think it’s a bit ridiculous – it’s trying to find a way for different road users to share space without endangering or endangering anyone.”
County Holt says local councilors will keep an eye on things, but insists the town hall has been responsible for problems in the past.
“If things don’t work out, they need to be replaced – safety is my main concern for road users,” he added.
A Stockport Council spokesman said: “The new layout of the junction of Valley Road and Bridge Lane is part of our ‘Brahmal Park to A6’ Mayor’s Challenge Fund Scheme, which was approved by members in 2020, following consultations in the fall. 2019
“The complete scheme will improve pedestrian and cycling facilities along the route.
The new arrangement is in line with the entire ‘Brahmal Park to A6 Scheme’, which includes giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists when crossing the road.
“This is in line with the central government’s design guidelines, which will be reflected in the revised Highway Code, which will come into force in early 2022.
“To help Borough residents and motorcyclists with these new changes, we will issue guidance, provide information and engage with local residents, cyclists and road users to understand the changes.” “