Signs ‘prohibit’ cycles on a popular safe cycle route to Bury centre

Luke Dyer with one of the incorrect  cycle prohibition signs on Caie Walk cycle way. ANL-140630-133341009
Luke Dyer with one of the incorrect cycle prohibition signs on Caie Walk cycle way. ANL-140630-133341009
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Luke Dyer was baffled when he found workmen putting up ‘cycling prohibited’ signs on part of his route to work.

For the signs effectively closed a 20 yard section of the half-mile long Caie Walk cycleway in Bury St Edmunds by changing the blue cycleway signs for red bordered prohibition signs.

The correct sign ANL-140630-133446009

The correct sign ANL-140630-133446009

It meant Luke could set off on his bike from his home at the Mayfield Road end of the walk but would then have to dismount towards the Hardwick Primary School end, walk the 20 yards, then get back on his bike to cycle the rest of the way to work at Vitec Videocom.

Luke said: “The blue cycleway signs were dirty so I thought the workmen were changing them, then the bloke waived the new signs in my face.

“He was telling me I wouldn’t be able to cycle along there.

“It’s really teed off people along the walk. It’s a safe route to the town centre.”

The route is also used by children going to and from local schools and Hardwick community centre and Caie Walk is vehicle free.

But the cyclists of Bury do not have to flout the Highway Code on Caie Walk because the prohibition signs were put up by someone who did not pay attention during their driving theory test.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said its contractors had put up the wrong signs and they would be replaced immediately.

“We told them to erect the correct signs that you can cycle there and they put up the signs saying you can’t,” the spokesman said. “We’re sorry for any confusion.”

Green county councillor Mark Ereira, who campaigned for the town’s damaged and graffitied signs to be replaced, said: “There was a lot of embarrassment in the department that this was done.

“We all make mistakes but its important to recognise when you have made a mistake and own up to it.”

But he was surprised the workers given the job had not queried putting up signs that were the opposite of the existing ones over such a short distance on such a long cycle route.

“It does raise some questions about common sense,” he said.

Cllr Ereira said the signs had needed to be replaced because they were covered in graffiti.