Cycle lane segregation 'armadillos' have been blamed for causing "horror injuries in Glasgow", with locals saying the dividers are a "trip hazard".
The claims, picked up in the local press by the Glasgow Times, come from one local who suffered multiple broken bones having been sent "flying through the air" after tripping over one of the markers that separate the cycling infrastructure from the rest of the road.
Another resident suffered cracked ribs and grazes after a separate tripping incident on Wallacewell Road where the cycling infrastructure was installed in 2020 as part of a Spaces for People initiative during the Covid pandemic, and has since been made permanent.
One incident, which actually happened in 2021 but from which Bert Graham is still recovering two years later, saw one local, running for a bus, trip on an armadillo cycle lane divider and break his wrist and humerus.
"My toe caught the corner of the armadillo and I went flying through the air," the 67-year-old recalled. "The corners of the dividers are black, the same as the pavement. I was full of adrenaline and got on the bus. The driver was in shock and passengers were asking if I was alright.
"It was only the adrenaline keeping me going. It wasn't until I arrived at my partner's house that I was in agony and the pain was just shooting up my arm. I'll never forget it.
"I couldn't get anaesthetised and they had no beds because of Covid. They gave me two jags and set my wrist. One doctor was pulling this way, the other doctor was pulling the other way. It was like being back in medieval days. I can assure you, the jags didn't numb the pain, it was agony.
"They sent me to physical therapy for eight months and I still don't have full capacity, but I was lucky I fell the way I did because if I fell on the road I could be dead."
Yvonne Pollock also "tripped on the armadillo and went right down in front of it".
"I still have scars on my knees. It was scary," she said.
Responding to the incidents, Glasgow City Council said it had not been made aware of them previously, but "we are sorry to learn that members of the public have been injured while walking in their community".
"All of our cycling infrastructure is subject to a rigorous safety audit and must be completed to the satisfaction of an independent road safety engineer and road safety specialists from the police," a spokesperson said.
"All the materials we use meet approved, national standards and, as part of the audit process, we will always make improvements as necessary."
Last year Middlesbrough Council said it would continue to monitor a newly installed cycle lane with similar 'orca-style' dividers after a pensioner was left with a broken wrist and a black eye after tripping over the infrastructure.
Pedestrians were advised to use designated crossing points after the orca barriers – which, though designed to protect cyclists from motorists, came in for criticism from those who say they are not large enough to deter drivers while still being of sufficient size to be a hazard for people on bikes – left a pensioner in pain weeks after she tripped and fell over one.
Similar reports were heard a year before in Cardiff where shop owners claimed a number of pedestrians had tripped over a newly installed cycle lane, one elderly man breaking his wrist.
In April, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called an "optical illusion" cycle lane a "failed experiment" after 59 injuries were reported in a year, the "pale-coloured kerb and a pale coloured line that look exactly the same" apparently tricking pedestrians into thinking the different levels are at the same height.
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.