In response to criticisms of the Earley peripheral and the A 329 cycleways Wokingham has installed, I have investigated and taken them up with the Council.
I was worried about possible conflict between pedestrians and cycles along the A 329 route, as the cycleway diverts cycles from the old highway to the pavement at several points along its route, usually where there is a pedestrian crossing point or pinch point on the highway. I am pleased to report that when I went on two occasions to see if there were problems there was no such difficulty.
On the first occasion I drove from Wokingham to Reading along the full stretch of the A 329. I saw two cyclists. One was a young man on a racing bike who appeared to be out for sport cycling, riding very fast. He chose to ride in the vehicle lane, not the cycleway. The second was a more elderly man who chose to ride on the pavement at a slow speed, so any pedestrian could see he was on the pavement all the time and adjust their route accordingly.
On the second occasion I drove from central Wokingham to Winnersh triangle along the A 329. I saw no cyclists at all. (mid morning)
The main criticisms to me have been the cost and the lack of use of these facilities. I am waiting for a reply to my enquiries about why the Council undertook these schemes, how the moving onto and off the pavement will be handled, and what they think the use levels are and are likely to be in the future.