Tandem rider Lee Playle wants Hull to…

Tandem rider Lee Playle wants Hull to become ‘cycle capital’ like Amsterdam
2020-08-17 04:00:00
A Hull cyclist has praised council plans to create a continuous cycle network across Hull city centre. Lee Playle, 34, of Caroline Street, hopes that Hull can one day become a “cycle capital” like Amsterdam. He says that the controversial new lanes and bollards have made him feel much safer when he is out in his bike. The network will eventually cover Freetown Way, as well as commuter routes into Hull on Anlaby Road, Beverley Road, Holderness Road and Spring Bank. “Hull is a great place for cycling, you can get to the centre easily in half an hour on a bike, with great tracks take you into city centre,” said Mr Playle. “I've cycled everywhere ever since I started secondary school and as Hull is so flat, it makes it so easy to get about. Lee with his daughter Elsie Rose, aged 8, on a tandem (Image: Peter Harbour – Hull Live) “I think the new cycle lanes are great, and I certainly feel a lot safer on the roads now with the bollards being put in place on Freetown Way. “I've had far too many near misses with cars and trucks getting too close to me on my bike, so I'm happy that distance is now in place. “It's also much safer for me and my young girls when we go out on the tandem. “I really hope the improvements will make people cycle more and I would love Hull to become a cycling capital like Amsterdam.” Bollards line the controversial new cycle lane stretching from the corner of Charles Street along Freetown Way. The first phase of the £2.5m project is set to be completed on or by the week commencing August 21. Work to install pop-up cycle lanes in Spring Bank and Ferensway has been ongoing and is expected to be completed by Friday, August 28. Mr Playle, who runs Arcade Hub, says that before the bollards were installed in Freetown Way, rush hour was “daunting” and he is looking forward to the work in Spring Bank being completed. Mr Playle uses bikes as his only means of transport (Image: Peter Harbour – Hull Live) “It's so much better being away from the cars with the bollards,” he said. “I'm looking forward to Spring Bank being done, as getting about there on a bike during rush hour is quite daunting at the moment, especially when you try and overtake parked cars with parked cars then overtaking you. “I like the improvements, but can understand why people are getting upset about it though. “It does slow things down, but I think it will be better for everyone in the long run and will hopefully encourage more people to get out on their bikes.” Even though Mr Playle is all for the road improvements, he thinks that more could still be done to make Hull a better place for cyclists. “There needs to be improvements made in Hull city centre fo

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