READING about the cost of building cycle lanes in Dorset -£800,000 for the one alongside Ham Lane, together with the ones been built as part of the new Hunger Hill roundabout layout.

Surely the cost cannot be justified against a small number of cyclists that will use them and please don't give us the usual mantra about providing alternative choices of transport, which is council speak for we want everyone to give up their cars and cycle, because it is not going to happen not now or in the future.

Who is it that insists cycle lanes must be built into any road modification scheme? Is it the local authority, county councils, central government or indeed the EU?

I wonder if anyone will step forward and let us in on the secret.

Perhaps one of our councillors can tell us where the instruction comes from to spend thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on cycle lanes.

Please let's be realistic about this. If we were starting from scratch with regard to our road network, then probably the incorporation of cycle lanes could be justified. But not now with the cost and upheaval of roadworks to build them.


Harkwood Drive, Hamworthy, Poole