More than 400 people have so far signed a petition to get a road featuring two new roundabouts at Stanningley Bottom made safer.
The two mini-roundabouts were installed as part of a package of improvement works connected to the CityConnect cycle superhighway. The Leeds to Bradford stretch opened in June.
Phil Townend, who runs the Philip Nicholas Salon on Bradford Road, Stanningley, claims the roundabouts are ‘dangerous’ and has launched an online petition to get them changed. He said:
“Many people simply drive straight across at speed as if they are not there, while others do treat them as mini-roundabouts.
“This has given rise to much road rage and has also been the cause of many accidents and even more near misses since they were introduced.
“This is an area in which cyclists, school children and elderly pedestrians are particularly vulnerable as they try to use this ‘shared space’.”
Mr Townend has called for ‘rumble strips’ on the approach to them and clear signage warning people that there are two mini-roundabouts, not just one.
He also called for an electronic sign showing people their current speed, as well as fences alongside double yellow lines. He added:
“Currently, it is not unusual to see vehicles, including large vans, parked on the double yellow lines in between the two mini roundabouts, increasing the risk, confusion and danger to other road users.”
His campaign has received the support of a number of motorists and local residents.
Rebecca Crabtree said:
“I have had many a near miss on these roundabouts, mainly because you can’t see if anything is coming when you approach from Richardshaw Lane.”
Luke Bowers said:
“I’m signing because the existing roundabouts are more of a hazard than a help! It won’t be long until there is a serious accident at this location due to the poor layout here.”
And local resident Maria Thirkhil-Hobson added:
“It is a nightmare. I live just before that roundabout and no drivers are even using it is a roundabout and giving way to oncoming traffic.
“There is a zebra crossing there and if the bus stops to let people on you can’t see anyone trying to cross the road.”
The Dispatch contacted CityConnect for a comment yesterday morning but has yet to receive a response.
In May, Cycle Superhighway bosses attempted to allay residents’ and motorists’ fears over the new road layout at Stanningley Bottom.
A spokeswoman said at the time:
“The safety of the scheme has undergone a safety audit from an independent team and, following completion, a further audit will take place.
“Recommendations will be considered for implementation and further safety audits will be undertaken, 12 and 24 months post-completion – which will review any available accident data.”
The spokesperson said space is limited through Stanningley Bottom and the changes made were intended to provide a better balance between the needs of people travelling through the area, the needs of local businesses and the well-being of local people.
The cycle superhighway aims to encourage more people to take up cycling, become more active and healthier, as well as reduce pollution and congestion on roads.
The online petition can be viewed and signed here.