A dangerous junction in Headingley is to be closed to motorists after being labelled the “single worst cyclist injury site” in the city.
Council workers are currently making the junction from Headingley Lane into Bainbrigge Road, in Headingley, no entry to motorists after determining that “radical action” is needed to combat the accident hotspot.
According to council correspondence, of the 19 collisions at the junction in the last five years, 15 have involved right-turn accidents where a cyclist has been injured. Two of the remaining collisions have also involved cyclists – all making it the single worst location in Leeds for cyclist injury-causing accidents. Bosses now hope to eliminate the main risk factor by preventing drivers from turning into Bainbrigge Road – and hope to see a “rapid and lasting impact” on the cyclist casualty rate at the site.
But local resident Simon Baurley said he feared the move will cause traffic chaos to motorists.
The 51-year-old, of Bainbrigge Road, said: “It is used very frequently by motorists and there is nowhere else for cars to go. It is something that might cure one problem but will cause more problems. It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.”
He said other safety measures – such as improving the box junction markings and larger signs – could be installed instead.
He added: “One small sign warning cyclists of the danger at the moment appears to be twisted round so cyclists can’t even see it.”
A spokesman for Leeds City Council said officers would speak to Mr Baurley to discuss the situation. He said: “This location has the worst cyclist injury record in the city and that is why we are introducing a scheme to prevent entry to Bainbrigge Road from Headingley Lane to address this problem.”
The work was due to start this week.