No plan to update Crawley cycle lanes
THE county council has no plans to improve the town's cycle paths despite growing tension between cyclists and pedestrians.
The News told last week how pensioners in Three Bridges were increasingly concerned about their safety on footpaths as cyclists often speed along them.
Cyclists have since been in touch to say that inadequate cycle paths and aggressive drivers on the roads often force them on to the footpaths.
However, West Sussex County Council says only one small section of the town's 41 kilometres of cycle paths, in Tilgate Drive, is earmarked for improvement.
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And it is so far down the list of priorities it is likely to be years before this work is completed.
Peter Smith, a Labour councillor for Ifield, said the problems would not go away until better infrastructure was in place.
Mr Smith, who is also a cycling campaigner, said: "The problem is that people can't tell where the cycle paths are.
"Many times the county council has just put some white lines down and designated it a cycle path.
"We don't support people cycling illegally on footpaths but we do need to see better infrastructure for cyclists to stop them doing it."
The News reported in January that borough councillor Ken Trussell had requested £25,000 from the borough council's budget to fund some improvements.
However, the money will not pay for the upkeep of cycle paths but is geared towards encouraging more people to cycle.
Despite being allocated, the money has still not been spent.
But Mr Trussell said plans were beginning to take shape.
He said: "Cycle paths are very clearly a county council responsibility so there is very little we can do. I'm hoping what we can do will encourage people to cycle safely and make sure they know where they can cycle.
"We have some ideas for what the £25,000 will be spent on. We are looking at building cycle racks around the town and we want to create maps which show people where there are complete cycle routes.
"That way they will know how to get from one part of the town to another using designated cycle paths and without cycling illegally on footpaths."