Bristol

'Cheese-grater' bridge to get anti-slip surface coating

Meads Reach Bridge
Image caption Cyclists say the bridge is known as the cheese grater for both its aesthetic and skin grating qualities

An award-winning Bristol bridge which cyclists claim poses a hazard in wet weather is to be treated with an anti-slip coating.

The stainless steel Meads Reach, part of the Bristol to Bath cycle track, is perforated with 55,000 holes, earning it the nickname "the cheese-grater".

Sections of the bridge deck will be dismantled and taken away to be sprayed with a long-lasting polyurea surface.

Eco South West said it will begin the work in the next few weeks.

The £2.4m Meads Reach bridge was built in 2008 and won a Royal Institute of British Architecture award in 2009.

But cyclist Toby Bridgeman said riders using the 180ft (55m) structure were "consistently falling off their bikes" needing trips to A&E.

Mr Bridgeman set up the petition calling on Bristol City Council to force the owner to "make the bridge safe for both cyclists and pedestrians immediately".

The petition gathered more than 600 signatures during the month it was open.

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