Trowbridge residents and cyclists have been left unimpressed by the Hilperton Rd cycle lane scheme.

The cycle lane has proved to be unpopular among cyclists, Jason Gunn said he was excited to see the council put invest in cycle paths but when on his weekend ride was left unimpressed.

“I would say something is better than nothing and as an experienced cyclist it’s not going to stop me using a road if it has or doesn’t have a cycle path,” he said.

“However, for encouraging people to cycle more it does very little and offers next to no safety improvements.”

Ashley Hutchinson of the Trowbridge Cycling Club said the general consensus among members was that any investment in cycling infrastructure is good, however on ‘the other end of the scale it’s a waste of time and money, unfortunately’.

He added that the club and other cyclists were not consulted on scheme and that it was concerning the cycle lane ‘ends before the road’.

Mr Hutchinson said: “One meter you’re protected by a solid white line and the next meter you’re not.”

Cllr Edward Kirk said that while he is grateful to the council for making improvements from the painted lines, he remains concerned about the posts and their visibility.

He said: “The new signage will certainly help and make motorists aware of the cycle lane.”

“If cyclists remain concerned there remain other dedicated cycle routes across town.”

Cllr Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways, said: “A road safety auditor has independently assessed the safety of the scheme, and as a result we are adding additional road markings and relocating the first cycle defender to improve safety for both cyclists and motorists.

“Our contractors are also installing further signage later this week to complete the scheme.

“However, we use the roads, we all need to be alert to what is happening around us at all times, including changes to the road layout on our everyday routes.

“Drivers of motor vehicles have a particular responsibility to protect more vulnerable road users such as cyclists from harm, so please pay attention when approaching cycle lanes.”

Wiltshire Council said they have received three complaints about the pop up scheme, which is part of a £227,000 DfT funding scheme to link the town centres with homes and workplaces.