HC Deb 22 May 1935 vol 302 cc334-5

asked the Minister of Transport whether the use of the new cycle tracks on arterial roads is optional or compulsory by cyclists; and, if compulsory, are cyclists using the main roads subject to prosecution for an infraction bf the Highways Act?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Mr. Hore-Belisha)


25. Mr. HALES

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the objection of cyclists to the new cycle tracks is owing to the said tracks being frequented by pedestrians; and whether he will take steps to secure that these tracks shall be for the exclusive use of cyclists?


A census which I recently had taken showed that over 84 per cent. of all cyclists proceeding along the section of Western Avenue, where cycle tracks have been provided, used the tracks. Signs have been erected at intervals stating that the tracks are for cyclists only.


In the absence of separate tracks for pedestrians, how is the hon. Gentleman going to deal with the problem of the pedestrians and the cyclists using the same track?

Viscountess ASTOR

Will there be any penalty on cyclists who fail to make use of these tracks, considering that a high percentage of those killed on the roads are cyclists?


I have said that 84 per cent. do, in fact, use the tracks. These are the wiser and also the predominant section of the cyclists. The question of footpaths is being taken up with the Middlesex County Council.


Is it not the case that abroad, these cyclists tracks are highly popular and greatly used?