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Former mayor says “people of Reading beware” about town centre cyclists

Former mayor says "people of Reading beware" about town centre cyclists

Formal consultation to be held on permitting cycling along the full length of Broad Street A former mayor of Reading says he is against the plan to allow cycling along Broad Street, while a fellow councillor has argued that such a move would put people off visiting Reading town centre on foot.

Currently, cycling is only allowed at the eastern end of Broad Street from Cross Street, but a formal consultation proposing that cycling is permitted along its full length is to be held soon.

An informal on-line consultation at the end of last year saw 796 respondents in favour of lifting the ban, out of 1,283 responses. 448 were in favour of not allowing cycling in Broad Street at all and 39 selected no change to the current arrangements.

But Councillor Tony Jones believes Broad Street should be left to pedestrians and Get Reading (link is external) reports his view as being: “People of Reading beware.”

Jones told the Reading Borough Council traffic management committee: “Over the next three weeks or so, unless people say otherwise, the whole of Broad Street will be open to cycling.”

Another councillor, Ricky Duveen, said: “I would suggest that this is simply a bad scheme and […]

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