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Bury St Edmunds cyclist voices concern over ‘filthy’ and 'dangerous' bike lanes




A Bury St Edmunds man has voiced concern at the danger posed by congealed leaves, pigeon droppings, sticks, litter and broken glass building up in cycle lanes in one part of the town.

Si Davey, who is a bike mechanic and a regular cyclist, said the debris was an issue in Beeton’s Way, in particular by the A14 underpass.

While Si so far has not witnessed any accidents, he still considers the lanes to be 'dangerous.'

Si Davey, a resident in Bury St Edmunds, considers the lanes to be 'dangerous'	Picture by Mark Westley
Si Davey, a resident in Bury St Edmunds, considers the lanes to be 'dangerous' Picture by Mark Westley

The area experiences heavy student traffic Monday to Friday, with three schools worth of pupils using the road.

A Suffolk County Council spokesperson said: "The recent construction works in the area and the inclement weather we have experienced has seen an increase in debris on the highway and along the pavements including the verges and cycle lanes.

"We are working with our colleagues at West Suffolk Council to establish an effective and sustainable cleansing regime in these areas to ensure this is addressed.”

There are instances where glass bottles and sticks are jutting out which could trip cyclists using the bike lanes	Photo provided by Si Davey
There are instances where glass bottles and sticks are jutting out which could trip cyclists using the bike lanes Photo provided by Si Davey

The new cycle lanes were put in on a temporary basis as part of a wider Suffolk County Council campaign to encourage active travel among residents.

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