Reading Bridge Cycle Lanes – 12 June 2020

The new north and southbound cycle lanes across Reading Bridge are temporary measures brought in as part of a wider Council scheme, funded by Central Government as a part of the Covid-19 response, to provide more options for cyclists and pedestrians at a time when social distancing remains in place and severe restrictions remain on public transport.

These are advisory lanes. We would always urge all road users to be aware of other people’s movements, particularly where advisory signs are in place. All road schemes are designed with the safety of road users in mind and this new road layout is fully compliant with national safety and design standards.

In an ideal world there would be enough road space to make them mandatory, but that is not the case at Reading Bridge.  The change of layout makes the best use of the limited road space available within the regulations, and it is worth noting a traffic lane has been removed to accommodate the new cycle lanes.

The Council considered reducing pavement widths, but this would have reduced space for pedestrians trying to socially distance at this time. It would also have taken much longer to implement. Installing kerbs or posts would have further reduced the width of lanes for cyclists.

It is important to emphasise the lanes are a temporary measure in response to the on-going social distancing guidelines. The Council was clear it would monitor their success and consult widely before opting to make them permanent in the future, and we welcome all feedback.