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Earlier this year, Cambridge Cycling Campaign succeeded in winning local council support for the setting up of trial “cyclist contraflow” signs in parts of Cambridge. And as one of Darlington Cycling Campaign’s members pointed out to me today, Cycling England has been encouraging all cycling towns to make one-way streets two-way for cycling.
Here in Darlington we have already asked officers on a number of occasions to consider this. One area where this is perhaps more urgently required, however, is at the Duke Street exit of the Pedestrian Heart. Here, cyclists who leave the town centre are confronted with a particularly narrow road outside the Coop Bank, a road that is designed to be one-way for motorised traffic.
This picture shows the view from outside the town centre. This evening, on my way home from the station, I was cycling out of the town centre on this stretch when I noticed a car accelerating towards me and beeping his horn (at 8pm in the evening). He seemed in a great hurry. The reason soon became clear. He screeched to a halt before I was able to exit the narrow road into Duke Street to tell me off for cycling “the wrong way down a one way street”.