Essentially, Stotfold has gained a cycle symbol in the middle of the road and all the car drivers, and a cyclist who lives in that street, can't work out why it's there. They think the workmen have made a mistake.
Britain's streets are littered with parked cars, and as a cyclist, to get round them you have to merge with traffic going twice your speed. You have to be so assertive to move out or you get stuck, or illegally take to the pavement.
The secondary problem is the door-zone. Cycle too close to the parked car and you risk crashing into an opening door. When I last researched, two English cyclists had been killed in the first two months of this year as a result of dooring.
So, it's obviously a message to drivers that cyclists need to be there (with that current road design).
Back in Cottenham ...
Closer to home, there are cycle symbols all over the place. Some in Histon and the ones I asked for in Cottenham.
Before the symbols, I would be close-passed every other day, and tooted or arm waved at every other week. After the symbols went in the abuse is almost non-existent.
The painted symbols have rather cheaply solved one problem, but of course they are no replacement for a real solution to cycling in rush hour traffic, of which a third has been measured speeding on Histon Road, Cottenham.
A road designed with cyclists in mind shouldn't need a painted cycle symbol, but its become a cheap way to re-educate drivers while we work out how to retro-fit cyclists back into our existing streets.