The shortest cycle path in the UK is just 8 feet (2.5 metres) long.

(That’s about the length of two pedal cycles. You can see this wonder of the modern world on the Ridgeway in Plymouth. 

Plymouth council insist that it is there to save cyclists’ lives.

A spokesperson said: “The red area marks where the off-road pedestrian and cycle route ends and cyclists join traffic.

“It is designed to alert motorists to cyclists joining the road, as well as give cyclists the space to do so safely.”

And if you think this is a one-off, think again.  There’s one in Wales – on a road in Cardiff, that is one inch longer. It makes me proud to be British.)