I had asked about the surface and whether there were any plans to improve it. It should, however, be noted that it has improved and become smoother through natural usage. I also asked about the barriers as they seem too narrow. Finally I asked about signposts to connect the Busway cycle track with NCN 6 which goes from the edge of Luton to Harpenden.
Here’s the response:
“In relation to the shared use path next to the busway, we are aware that
the compaction of the surface is of differing levels of quality. We are
looking into a number of issues that have been highlighted by the first
inspection of the route. The issue of the barriers is a tricky one
particularly as they were installed at the request of the Police in
particular to prevent motorcycles accessing the track next to the
busway. We are looking at alternative systems but we must find the right
balance between access for cyclists etc and prevention of unauthorised
In relation to your question about signage between the end of the
busway, I wasn’t sure if you are referring to the end of the Guideway at
New Bedford Road (NBR) or at the end of the bus only road at Kimpton
Road. If you are referring to NBR then there is no signage between there
and NCN 6. The official route for NCN6 is down Manchester Street,
through the pedestrianised area of George Street and then continuing
down Park Street. If however you are referring to Kimpton Road, Sustrans
are looking at an appropriate signage to NCN 6 in this area.
I trust that this answers your query but please do not hesitate to
I think that’s a helpful reply on the whole. Nevertheless the barriers still remain and are a nuisance for many cyclists. It seems it is a case of solving a problem before it starts, or anticipating the worst in people. This might sound a bit idealistic but I think that’s a shame i.e. assuming people will abuse it. However Luton Borough Council are correct in recognising the right balance has to be struck and it would be odd if they didn’t take on board what their Police colleagues advise.
It’s good to know that Sustrans are looking to complete signage to connect it to a nearby cycle track.
Although we live in a society where we expect everything to be delivered instantly, reality isn’t always like that and we learn to be patient instead. Some things take a while before they’re completely finished.
So there you are. A step in the right direction. Are you okay with this? Are you still angry? Please leave comments etc below.
10th December 2013: Luton Borough Council have pointed out that there always has been a problem with motorcyclists accessing Blows Downs, hence taking an “aggressive” stance with Busway barriers.