Consultation on making cycling legal through the station subway took place in February with 73% of respondents being in favour of allowing cycling.
The proposal to revoke the prohibition on cycling was confirmed at the Traffic Management Sub-Committee in March.
The route under the railway is a key link in Reading’s cycle and walking network, which has become even more vital with the major residential development that is taking shape on Station Hill.
In fact, the Station Hill development contributed £200k for Reading Borough Council to facilitate the use of the underpass by cyclists and pedestrians.
The relevant report to the Traffic Management Sub-Committee noted that “it would not be appropriate to demark a separation of pedestrians and cyclists. Having a shared-use facility that is used responsibly should facilitate a steady flow of people in both directions and at relatively low speeds”.
To us it would at least make sense to demarcate the subway into northbound and southbound lanes or have signage requesting users to keep left.
In Recognition of the Distributors
If you are reading these words on the printed version of the CycleReading newsletter, or indeed if you have ever read the printed newsletter, this has been made possible by the unsung volunteers who distribute the newsletter across Reading and more far-flung locations.
The lynch pin for getting the newsletter into so many hands has been Ian and Celia Humphrey, who have been organising the distribution four times a year for the last quarter of a century.
Ian and Celia are now passing the baton onto new hands, and we would like to thank them for literally spreading the CycleReading news to so many for so long.
Spotted in Caversham – one of Reading’s local Councillors distributing leaflets by cargo bike.