Distressed residents slam council for spending thousands on ‘world’s shortest cycle lane’ which is just 8 feet long
- White trail leads cyclists onto the sidewalk in Birmingham city center
- Residents have dubbed it “ridiculous” and a “waste of taxpayers’ money”.
- Birmingham City Council claims it is not a cycle lane but a “guidance” for cyclists
Birmingham residents have reprimanded the council for spending thousands on the “world’s shortest cycle lane”, which takes less than a second to travel.
The white section is just 8 feet long and features a curved rectangle with bicycles and an arrow on the left, directing riders to the pedestrian sidewalk.
The bizarre road marking was featured on a new paved road in the city centre, Corporation Street, and is intended to help cyclists make their way around the city during the Commonwealth Games.
Birmingham City Council claims it is not a cycle lane but a “guidance” for cyclists due to the tram tracks in Bull Street.
A new road in Birmingham has been described as “the world’s shortest cycle lane”.
He said that the scheme is still under construction and road signs will be installed later.
However, bike riders have termed the marking as “totally pointless” and a “waste of taxpayers’ money”.
Ryan Evans, a 32-year-old shop worker from Edgbaston, said: “It’s ridiculous.
“I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that the cycle lane is about 8 feet long or the way it directs cyclists to a sidewalk where people will be walking.
“Not only is it completely pointless, but it is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“At a time when Birmingham must promote itself through the Commonwealth Games, the Council turns us into laughter again.”
Dad-off Graham Robertson, 50, who cycles from his home in Digbeth to work as an IT consultant in the city centre, said: “I am amazed.
“I cycle through the city every day and I’ve always thought that better cycle lanes are needed, but this isn’t it.
“How the hell is painting the world’s shortest bicycle lane going to help anyway? Hesitant.”
Birmingham City Council insisted that the painted section of the road, which resembles a cycle lane, is actually a “guidance” for cyclists.
Graham Young posted on Twitter: “Pint-Size: After a year of disruption on Corporation Street, has the world’s smallest cycling lane pop up on Corporation Street in front of the JD Weatherpoon pub The Square Peg?”
Birmingham City Council said it was not a cycle lane but a “guidance” for cyclists.
A spokesman said: “These are not cycle lanes, but guidance for cyclists to leave and disembark the carriageway.
“Various track alignments within the Bull Street Corporation Street Delta Junction mean it is not safe for cyclists to cross these.
“Since the plan is still under construction, road markings have been put in place before the signing and with the temporary stand down of the City Center Metro works during the Commonwealth Games, this unfinished section is not currently open for use.”