Active travel route criticised as “ghost lane”

An analysis of the use of a cycle lane added to encourage active travel on a major road in London has shown just six people using it in six hours.

Honeypot Lane links Stanmore to Wembley and is a major route in the Harrow area. The two lane road has had one lane allocated to bikes but the Daily Telegraph says only six people used the lane in the six hours of the analysis. That’s compared to 2,400 cars, 515 vans and 206 other vehicles which used the one remaining traffic lane.

The Telegraph adds more than 1,600 residents have signed a petition for the Honeypot Lane addition “to be removed or altered in some way” amid claims that it has caused “immense chaos” following a reduction in the speed limit to 30 miles per hour.

Harrow Weald councillor Stephen Greek told the paper that cyclists are “voting with their wheels” in electing not to use the cycle lanes, which has led to a situation “without really much benefit”.

The paper adds that Portfolio Holder for Environment at Harrow Council, Cllr Varsha Parmar said the lanes have played a “pivotal role” during the pandemic. “I appreciate that car usage has increased as we begin to adapt to living in a pandemic, but we have also seen an increase of the number of cyclists using our cycle lanes – with close to 250 cyclists using the three cycle lanes on a daily basis last month. We continue to review the schemes on a monthly basis and engage with key stakeholders.”


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