THE dangers of a popular pedestrian route will be solved by the introduction of a new cycle path, a politician has said.
Work is due to start on a dedicated cycle route along the Chester Road pavement from Glendale Avenue in Sandycroft to Queensferry.
Flintshire councillor David Wisinger, who has long campaigned for a path along the popular route, has welcomed the news.
He said residents had been complaining about the situation for more than three years.
The Queensferry representative said heavy industrial traffic on the very narrow road meant those travelling by bicycle were too scared to use it. Instead, he said, cyclists rode on the pedestrian pavement.
Cllr Wisinger said most of the problems happened on the busy stretch between the 2 Sisters chicken factory and the
“It’s very busy because of the staff cycling to and from work,” he said.
Cllr Wisinger added that mothers and children walking to school were frequently in danger and pensioners had been ‘frightened to death they’ll be knocked over’.
“They have to step out of the way and keep looking around and watching,” he said, “it’s very dangerous because of the speed.”
Cllr Wisinger said he could understand cyclists not wanting to use the road.
“They don’t want to risk their lives,” he said. “The government’s trying to encourage people to use their bikes and here we’ve got people using them but they’ve got no cycle path and the road’s a danger. I wouldn’t go along that road on a bike.”
Until now, Cllr Wisinger said there had never been any money available for the work. But he said all that had changed now the Welsh Government had allocated money for cycle paths.
“Because we’ve been on the list for so long, we were lucky enough to get it done,” he said.
Work on the path is due to start this month and is expected to be completed in 18 weeks.