A new cycle lane in Huddersfield has got people baffled.
Sweeping changes in Ramsden Street and High Street have seen the introduction of the controversial bus gates .
But they have also included a 100m cycle lane - a bright green cycle lane which appears to go nowhere and goes in the wrong direction.
Passers-by say council workers appear to have installed it the wrong way as it goes against the one-way traffic, but Kirklees Council insists it is right and is a safety measure for our two-wheeled friends.
The snazzy new lane begins at the junction of Corporation Street and Ramsden Street, close to Huddersfield Town Hall , and runs uphill for less than 100 metres to the Albion Street junction.
But shoppers expressed their confusion at the contra-flow lane, which suddenly cuts off for no reason next to the Albion Street junction, leaving cyclists nowhere to go.
Passer-by Robert Wilkinson, 64, said the lane looked “silly” and could be “potentially dangerous”.
Robert, of Fixby , said: “It looks a bit out of place.
“I don’t understand why it would just stop like that; where are you supposed to go if you’re cycling?
“There are cars pulling out and the road is already quite narrow.”
Shopper Margaret Davies, 71, of Dalton , said: “Why bother spending the money on just one alone?
“Isn’t the point of cycle lanes to have them everywhere to make it safer? I’d love to know how much the council spent on it.”
The introduction of the cycle lane comes three months after bus gates were announced in town, which have been criticised by motorists and taxi drivers. They mean large parts of the town centre are no longer accessible to car or van drivers.
A Kirklees spokesperson said: “The cycle lane is uphill and is meant to be a contraflow cycle lane to enable cyclists to get from the market area to the Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
“Vehicles will not be allowed to turn right from High Street onto Albion Street as Albion Street at that point is exit only.
“In other words, traffic from Albion Street will have to give way to cyclists coming uphill in the new cycle lane and as they are on their right, will be able to see them clearly.
“Unfortunately, due to the recent bad weather, the road markings in this area have not yet been completed but will be finished as soon as the weather permits.”