Southampton Cycling Campaign
Current DfT consultations.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Bus stop faces the opposite way to most others on the avenue, causes cyclists to get in the way of pedestrians (and vice versa). Either have to shuffle past people waiting and try to avoid the holly bush or go down the outside with barely any space with a chance of toppling into the road if you make a mistake.
At the bottom of the hill there is a "chicane" for motor vehicles to negotiate. Northbound traffic must give priority to southbound traffic.
The chicane is formed by an island on the northbound side of the road. This island has a bypass to the left to allow cyclists to proceed despite oncoming traffic.
After a recent resurfacing of the road the markings for the cycle lane were omitted (see picture). This means that cyclists should now give priority to southbound traffic as the markings indicate they should not use the bypass.
The side roads that access the avenue are a danger to the users of the shared path. This is especially prevalent on the northbound side in the mornings. Cars seem to have two modes:
1) stationary avenue traffic - approach at speed and hit the anchors in time not to hit the queue
2) no queue on avenue - approach at speed hoping not to have to stop. Then go for it or again hit the anchors.
In both stopping cases this blocks the crossing for the cycle/pedestrian
Ideally there would be an advance giveaway line/colored tarmac to identify the possibility of crossing bikes/pedestrians
Heading south on Crescent Road (on NCN23), as you approach the traffic lights there is the beginnings of an ASL feeder lane which simply ends without any ASL box. This junction could particularly do with one, as many large vehicles take a wide swing at the junction when turning from Canute Road, and an ASL would help to make sure everyone is aware where bikes will be.
See https://email@example.com,-1.393559,3a,75y,96.45h,56.89t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sdo7nTVlIvExjQ3aYu-2Uxw!2e0!6m1!1e1 for a Streetview image of the feeder lane
It has been brought to the attention of SCC that the time given at these traffic lights does not allow for slower moving traffic to given for slower moving traffic to exit from Nursling street onto Romsey Road.
A member of the campaign has informed Hampshire County Highways of this.
The majority of motor traffic turns right from Union Road to head north on Radcliffe Road, and vice versa. Radcliffe Road is a home zone southwards of this junction, with associated streetscaping, and NCN 23 follows the length of Radcliffe Road.
The main problem is when heading North, where some nice streetscaping prevents drivers having a good view of any traffic exiting the home zone. A lesser problem is when heading South, where motor vehicles often pull out in front of you (presumably because they think that everyone will be turning left).
The most obvious quick fix would be to put a stop sign at the end of union road.
The garage at the end of radcliffe road uses the end of this road as a car storage area, which often results in the access onto the cyclepath being obstructed.
The excellent cyclepath alongside St Mary's stadium joins onto Melbourne Street via an awkward and narrow gap which is often blocked by cars. This is annoying for regular users as well as making it harder for people to follow the NCN23.