Neighbours furious at ‘eyesore’ red paint on road to keep cyclists safe

Residents are furious at tarmac that has been painted red in front of their driveways as part of a council's plan to improve cycle facilities.

The red areas are meant to alert cyclists where there are driveways to keep them safe.

But several homeowners on Low Lane, Acklam, are less than impressed with the paintwork.

Frances Jackson, 83, believes the cycle route isn’t safe for her and other residents, Teesside Live reports.

She said: "The point is, as soon as we go out there, we are not used to looking for bikes. So I think it’s a bit dangerous for the bike track to be here, I really do. We go out and you can get knocked over very easily.

"I feel sorry for them, the bike lot, but not everybody uses the route. It’s only the really young ones who go up and down, but they don’t abuse it or anything."

Frances is also not a fan of the red tarmac, she added: "It’s just a mess, it’s an eyesore."

Gerry and Tony Butterfield, a married couple who also live on the road, think that the new paint job has taken away from the road's character.

Gerry, 76, said: "It’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut, putting huge slabs of bright red. Cyclists will know there are drives coming out because there are houses there."

While Tony, 76, added: "It’s gone from tarmac city to toy town. The road has lost its character with the grass verges gone. It used to have a character of its own but it’s gone now.

"It’s awful, why couldn’t they have done it green, even that wouldn’t have been so bad."

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Residents are also angry at the fact they don't believe the cycle path is being used.

Tony added: "I think I have seen, five at the most, using it, they just stay on the road. It’s not worth it for them, they have to go to the traffic lights and change the side of the road. Cyclists don’t want to do that.

"We do get a lot of, almost semi-professional cyclists in their lycra, they do come down on a Sunday. Perhaps ten together, but they don’t use the lane."

However, Kenneth Spragg, who also lives on Low Lane, says he was pleased to see the red tarmac and feels the road looks tidier without the grass verges.

A Middlesbrough Council spokesperson added: The red surfacing is designed to highlight potential conflict locations on the cycle route, and remind all users to approach with caution.

“These have been sited further away from the drive entrances than the existing footway to provide more space for improved visibility of faster moving users

“This cycle route part of a wider Council drive to create a cohesive network, enabling as many people as possible to undertake sustainable journeys.

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