With car use down to levels not seen since 1955, many of Wirral’s roads have seen a dramatic increase in cyclists. The shift has brought fears for residents living on North Parade, Hoylake that the number of cyclists ignoring the one way road is an accident waiting to happen.
Nationally, the Government has announced around £2 billion to support greater measures to support cyclists and pedestrians. A local councillor is calling for North Parade to be made a priority for safety improvements for all road users.
Councillor Andrew Gardner (Hoylake & Meols) said: “The last seven weeks has seen a big increase in the number of cyclists on North Parade. Sadly, many of them do not appear to realise it is a one way road and I have received reports from more than 30 households of near misses and collisions.
“The ‘No Entry’ sign at the junction with Hoyle Road is ignored, and has been for years. The last seven weeks’ has highlighted this. We have the Lifeboat Station situated on North Parade, as well as the sailing club and community centre – when they reopen, the danger will increase further.
Councillor Gardner has written to the Director of Highways to request that improvements to the layout of the junction are brought urgently drawn up for consultation with residents and road users.
“The Secretary of State for Transport wants urgent action to improve conditions, residents of North Parade want urgent action and so do local councillors.”