Cyclist says 'safety measures' have scared him from road

By David tucker

Published 13/02/2016 | 00:00

Last week's 'Wexford People' story highlighting the issue.
Last week's 'Wexford People' story highlighting the issue.

A CYCLIST from Rosslare said that so-called road safety measures being made on the road into Wexford are so dangerous that he will no longer ride his bike along it.

The council is in the process of building a series of islands along the R730 past Celtic Linen as part of a 60 km/h traffic calming zone, however, critics of the scheme say some of the traffic lanes are now so narrow that there is no room for a bicycle and a car to travel safely in the same direction, particularly towards Wexford. 'There is a traffic calming zone in Oilgate which is fine and one of Barntown which is fine, but this one is terribly dangerous. As a cyclist I am now scared to used it. It's supposed to be the opposite, to make the road safer, but they have narrowed the lanes so much I will no longer use it,' said the man, who asked not to be identified. Former Mayor Cllr George Lawlor, who has received a number of complaints about the roads project, said he had asked the council's engineers to take a closer look at it. Motorists and some local residents have criticised the traffic calming measures with one questioning why they were being brought in. 'Does the council have money to burn.. I don't recall anyone complaining about speeding cars or overtaking on the road, so why are they doing it?' said the woman, who asked not to be identified.

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