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Cyclist mocks new narrow bicycle lane saying ‘my shoulders are wider’



Several cyclist have slammed the new cycle lane painted on Reading Bridge which is barely wide enough to fit in. The freshly-marked lane at Reading Bridge, has prompted ridicule & accusations of wasting taxpayer’s money from the local cycling community.

One angry man offered a ‘handy tip’ to those who re-painted the lines, blasting: ‘If you can’t fit the bike picture in the lane, it’s not wide enough.

Twitter user Oli said: ‘’Cycle lanes’ painted onto Reading bridge. Very narrow (handlebar width 50cm). How anyone could think this makes people on bicycles feel safer is baffling. Total waste of money and effort. To enable people to cycle we need protected infrastructure’

‘It is so terrible that it actively encourages drivers to closely pass as drivers wil assume that is all the space people on bikes need. ’

An investigation by Reading West can reveal that the hastily installed lanes measure are just 1.12 metre wide from the boundary line of the lane to the gutter of the sidewalk, well short of national recommended guidelines which is 2 metres by the Department for Transport, Institution of Highways and Transportation, CTC, DoT, etc.

1.12 meters

In an statement Reading Borough council said “In an ideal world there would be enough road space to make them mandatory, but that is not the case at Reading Bridge. The change of layout makes the best use of the limited road space available within the regulations, and it is worth noting a traffic lane has been removed to accommodate the new cycle lanes.”

“The Council considered reducing pavement widths, but this would have reduced space for pedestrians trying to socially distance at this time. It would also have taken much longer to implement. Installing kerbs or posts would have further reduced the width of lanes for cyclists.”

A council member that didn’t want to be named told us that, “Legally it’s not a bike lane as per National guidelines, It’s really an interim measure given the widths available on that bridge.” said the council member.

Aidan a Reading cyclist told us this morning, “It’s not the standard of what we expect for bike lanes” said Aidan. “I don’t really think there’s a place for painted bike lanes that are a metre wide.”

Whether it’s a legal bike lane or simply a “space for cyclists,” Aidan says the council should never have painted lanes that are below standard. 

In reality, this bike lane is too narrow to be considered a bike lane at all. It is putting bikers in danger. This puts cyclists just inches away from fast moving vehicles, causing cars to frequently veer into the median to avoid hitting cyclists using the marked lanes.

Recommended cycle lane widths from published guidance

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Reading’s Christmas lights 2020




Reading’s Christmas lights come on from Saturday 21 November. The centrepiece is a dazzling natural Christmas tree in Broad Street. Across the town centre there are over 400,000 twinkling lights, making Reading one of the largest displays in the south east.

The lead up to Christmas officially begins in Reading this weekend as the lights are switched on around the town.

Important Notice Reading, like the rest of England, is currently operating under new national COVID-related restrictions from 5 November – 2 December. This means that people MUST:-
  • Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  • Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  • Close certain businesses and venues
These restrictions mean that it is not possible to visit Reading for the time being. We hope to be able to welcome you in December and throughout 2021. Please enjoy the information on these pages to help you plan a future visit and check back regularly to see if the situation has changed.

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Don’t be daft – we don’t need to ban fireworks





Some of your happiest memories when I was a child were at family or school fireworks displays. Freezing cold, eating jacket potatoes, sparklers in hands and ‘oo-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’ over the pretty explosions which lit up the inky, night sky.

Whether you called it Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night, November 5 was one of the few times each year we got together with family and friends.

Now you are older, with a rescue dog, cat or a child who has always been sensitive to loud noises, you are less keen on the night.

Especially as it no longer lasts just one evening but fireworks can generally be heard from now until January. But an outright ban, or even allowing them only at official events is nonsense.

At the moment, thosands of people have signed a petition to ban fireworks in public – which means the government will have to respond.

I won’t call these people fun police or killjoys as some people have, I can see why they want to put restrictions on fireworks displays.

As they say themselves, they ’cause alarm, distress and anxiety to many people and animals’.

What is needed instead though is better education on the danger of fireworks, tougher penalties for those misusing them and police cracking down on those who flout the rules, particularly those who give/sell them to under 18s.

If organising a garden display, just be a considerate human being.

Make sure your neighbours are aware, perhaps even invite them over.

It’s easy to let people know – most of us are on social media and there are plenty of local noticeboards you can post on to let people know if you plan to let fireworks off for a lengthy amount of time.

If not, knock a few doors, particularly if you have elderly neighbours and those with children or pets.

Choose low noise or quiet fireworks (yes, they do exist) as well as follow safety advice and take precautions before setting them off.

And don’t be a git and let them off past 11pm.

If we all followed these general rules it would probably help a lot.

Banning things rarely has the desired effect and will only mean that a ‘black market’ will open up which will make it even more dangerous and fireworks more likely to fall into the hands of youngsters and those who would act irresponsibly.

People point to the environmental damage caused by fireworks – perhaps then a green tax should be introduced to pay towards offsetting the damage caused?

And there are plenty of things which are more dangerous and/or cause more environmental damage than fireworks such as cars, dairy farming – should we also ban them?

We all have to live with things which annoy or upset us but we can’t go around and ban everything that upsets someone.

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Sixth Oxford Road shop faces alcohol licence review




The police crackdown on newsagents and off licences in Oxford Road, Reading has continued, with a sixth store now facing a licence review.

Willis & Short Newsagents at 341 Oxford Road West Reading is the latest shop to be added to the list of off licences under review in the town.

As all other shops, Thames Valley Police (TVP) submitted this application for review in order to address the failure of the premises licence holder to promote the licensing objectives via their insufficient measures to ensure due diligence and full reasonably expected compliance of their licence conditions.

So far five Oxford Road shops are currently having their licences reviewed by Reading Borough Council:
Anrish News, no. 102
Today’s Express, no. 107
I&R Convenience, no. 202
Butts Convenience Store, no. 205
K B Superstores, no. 337

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