A university may have installed one of the UK’s smallest cycle lanes.
At just 32-feet in length, the safety measure makes for an interesting sight on Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus.
One eagle-eyed Twitter user posted the picture shown below:
— Gareth Llewellyn (@gllewellyn74) February 7, 2018
Poole Borough Council replied to this tweet, stating that the lane had been implemented for “less confident cyclists”.
Hi Gareth, this refuge is designed so that less confident cyclists have somewhere to pull in before crossing over to the shared cycleway on the opposite side of the road. There should be a drop kerb directly opposite. Regards.
— Borough of Poole (@BoroughofPoole) February 7, 2018
The Twitter exchange has sparked a wider debate on the site about spending on cycling infrastructure in the area.
However, some users saw the funnier side:
Exclusive footage from Dorset. pic.twitter.com/dgkBdS5jyb
— Stroppycow (@Stroppycow) February 7, 2018
A Bournemouth University spokesman said: “The cycle route here is designed as a stopping point for less confident cyclists, so they are able to dismount before crossing the road.
We hope this, as a part of the extension of Gillett Road, will be a real asset to the community and improve transport routes in the area.”
The image below outlines the proposed cycle route: