Camden is consulting on improving safety for pedestrians in the vicinity of Hampstead School in Westbere Road.
See StreetView from Lichfield Road (Barnet) towards Westbere Road Camden showing Hampstead School on the left and the 20 mph sign
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Camden is consulting on improving safety for pedestrians in the vicinity of Hampstead School in Westbere Road.
See StreetView from Lichfield Road (Barnet) towards Westbere Road Camden showing Hampstead School on the left and the 20 mph sign
cycle parking is a vague 'bike storage' area handwaved in the rear garden somewhere
the plot is oddly shaped like a triangle, and it's completely unclear how the rear garden could be accessed at all.
Erection of a detached 3-bed dwelling to the side of 57 Peverel Road. 57 Peverel Road Cambridge CB5 8RN https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJ472YDXI2300 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1887/FUL
use of 'two-tier' racks in rear
Removal of front porch and side door. Bike storage to rear. 2 Cavendish Avenue Cambridge CB1 7US https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJ0EYLDXI0I00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1884/FUL
no cycle parking
Proposed new dwelling 60 High Street Trumpington Cambridge CB2 9LS https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PITMKYDXHWY00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1855/FUL
'Bike store' is just a closet, basically.
Erection of a new two storey dwelling 80 Chesterton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1ER https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PILDDZDX0BH00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1828/FUL
Hackney are consulting on their three-year LIP. Objectives and full document here: https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/streetscene/lip/
We are seeking your views to make improvements to the Bricklayers Arms roundabout, New Kent Road and Old Kent Road.
In line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach to make streets healthier, safer and more welcoming we will be realigning the roundabout to create a bus lane on the roundabout slip road which can be used by both buses and cyclists. This will aim to make the road more attractive to cyclists and improve journey times for bus services, reducing the reliance on private cars. Our proposals include:
Removing existing islands on Old Kent Road and the roundabout, and modifying the road layout to direct general traffic away from the slip road and onto the roundabout
Creating new traffic islands on the Old Kent Road, New Kent Road and the roundabout to separate the slip road from the roundabout
Creating a bus gate for buses, taxis, cycles and motorcycles to use the cut through in the traffic island to access the new segregated bus lane on the slip road
Changing the westbound bus lane on New Kent Road to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Changing the northbound bus lane on Old Kent Road to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Red line markings to change from single to double red lines on Old Kent Road and New Kent Road
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Improvements to the pedestrian environment at the front of Leeds Station.
Slightly annoying that this has not come to the Cycle Forum subgroups so this is the first I have seen of it.
It seems to me more could be done to improve connectivity with cyclepoint.
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There are a number of Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership (GCP) projects that could present opportunities for improvements to Market Square. What improvements would Camcycle suggest for safer walking and cycling?
In the consultation Camden states that they propose measures to improve the public realm and reduce bus journey times through the junction of Heath Street, East Heath Road and West Heath Road in Hampstead.
We note that buses 268 and 603 run along Heath Street through this junction.
They list the following problems:
- The staggered arrangement of East Heath Road and West Heath Road means that it is difficult to turn right or travel straight ahead when exiting West Heath Road
- pedestrians crossing the northern arm of the junction over Heath Street have to cross away from the their desire line
- southbound traffic on Heath Street is held while pedestrians cross East Heath Road
Harrow council originally proposed a segregated cycle route along Honeypot Lane / Marsh Lane, as part of the 2013 mini-Holland bid, but it was not funded. They are currently trying to build a cycle route along the Jubilee line using LIP funding. This route does not follow the direct main roads, but uses mostly minor roads, with some sections of shared footway along main roads.
The original consultation is for the scheme shown on the map above, but a more direct route using a short section of Honeypot Lane is also going being worked up.
Scheme description (From Harrow council consultation leaflet):
Stanmore Station / London Road
1.New shared use footway and Toucan Crossing. The existing footway outside Stanmore Station will be widened to incorporate a shared use footway (which allows both pedestrians and cyclists to use the footway) to start the westbound cycle route on London Road through to the junction with Merrion Avenue. This will improve cycle access to Stanmore Station, a key interchange along this route. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.
2.Raised table to provide level access to cyclists and pedestrians on Merrion Avenue at its junction with London Road. This will provide continuity to the cycle route, assist in slowing down traffic accessing Merrion Avenue and improve cycle and pedestrian safety at the junction.
3. New Parallel Pedestrian and Cyclist Crossing with shared use on adjacent footways, which would allow them to safely cross Whitchurch Lane. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.
4. Shared use footway on south side of Whitchurch Avenue between the parallel crossing and the pedestrian crossing on
This will require some widening into the adjacent green area of Stanmore Marsh to the south. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.
5. New traffic island and shared use footway to provide protection for right turning cyclists south of the junction with Wemborough Road. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.
6. Shared use footway on east side of Honeypot Lane between the pedestrian crossing at Broadcroft Avenue and Collins Avenue. The existing turning head south of Dalston Gardens will be raised to footway level to accommodate the shared use footway. A vehicle crossover will be provided, in the location of the turning head, to aid turning vehicles. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.
7. Raised table to provide level access to cyclists and pedestrians on Aldridge Avenue This will provide continuity to the cycle route, assist in slowing down traffic accessing Aldridge Avenue and improve cycle and pedestrian safety at the junction.
8. New Parallel Crossing with adjacent shared-use footway on Camrose Avenue west of Turner Road for pedestrians and cyclists to allow them to safely cross Camrose Avenue.
9. Shared use footway on Camrose Avenue between Collins Road and Turner Road. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.
10. Shared use footway on Turner Road between Camrose Avenue and the borough boundary (near Queensbury Station). This will require some footway widening into the carriageway. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway. Along with the above measures, we are proposing to provide cycle road markings and traffic signs for cyclists, pedestrians and motorised traffic at various locations along the route. These signs and road markings are necessary to inform all road users of the presence of the cyclists on the road and the cycle route.
Honeypot Lane, Wigton Gardens, Aldridge Avenue
With the amount of funding made available next financial year, we anticipate to carry out further investigation on providing a more direct cycle route through Honeypot Lane – Wigton Gardens – Aldridge Avenue. A separate public consultation will be carried out on proposed measures along these roads.
There is to be a new cycle path running W-E through the developing community garden in the Clay Farm development in Cambridge's southern fringe. It follows the line of a gas main (purple line on the plan). The garden is already split by Hobson Avenue running N-S. The cycle route crosses that road and there are four 15metre wide gaps in the hedge where the cycle route enters/exits the garden. The cycle path will probably have a chicane design at each end to slow cyclists at junction points. Here are some questions about the cycle path: * How can the design ensure safety at the Hobson Road crossing? * What should the four entrances/exits be like? * What garden features should there be along the cycle path’s route? * Should there be lighting? * What other questions occur to you about the cycle path, and what answers can you offer? This is part of a consultation intended for local residents, however I hope that someone here might be able to comment especially on the safety of the junctions where the cycle route crosses Hobson Avenue. (The cycle route also crosses the busway at the Foster Road stop, though I guess that bit is beyond the scope of the community garden's consultation.) Feel free to ask me here for clarifications, and please comment at the community garden's page below.
D&A p113 (section: Accessibility): 'Cycle storage has been minimised on the site to reflect the hotel’s use and proximity to the City Centre. We therefore show 16 spaces in alignment with the Transport Assessment.' Room with '16' cycles (unspecified arrangement) accessed from Downing Place. 5 Sheffield stands shown in front on the pavement. Planning Statement: 6.40 Downing Street will provide cycle access to 16 cycle spaces provided for staff within the site. These would be inside the building, so covered and secure, with lockers. The provision of 16 spaces is based in the cycle parking standards in the Local Plan requiring 2 space for every 5 members of staff. In this stance, with 18 staff this would require 7 cycle spaces. The additional provision will allow for flexibility to accommodate any additional demand. 6.42 Guests travelling to the site by cycle may use the dockless cycle hire schemes now available in Cambridge, including Ofo and Mobike. These schemes do not require dedicated cycle parking spaces, and could be attractive to guests arriving at Cambridge Station without heavy luggage to then cycle the 1.4km (or 0.85 miles) to the site. Didn't see much discussion about safety of the drop-off/pick-up area in front except that it 'would not block the carriageway'. ... Change of use and refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed office building (use Class B1(a) Offices to a 57 bed boutique hotel (Use Class C1) and cafe/tea room (use Class A3), in include replacement of glazed screen on the St Andrew's street facade, upgrading thermal character of the glazed roof over drill hall to create a central atrium, removal of existing northern wing to create two floors above, second floor extension to the existing southern wing; together with partial demolition and replacement new-building at the rear and associated works. Cambridge City Council Hobson House 42 - 44 St Andrews Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3AS https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIYN5ZDXHZK00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1876/FUL
Plans to increase cycle parking provision from 6 to 62 as part of works to refurbish. Outer 'courtyard' facing Gonville Place will be enclosed by a fence creating an area with 20 Sheffield stands. The remaining spaces will be provided by double-stackers next to the car park in the interior courtyard. ... Change of use from mixed A2/B1 use to B1 offices, and external works including alterations to elevations and erection of boundary treatment. Lloyds TSB Lloyds House 95 - 97 Regent Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1BQ https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIUXQXDXHXP00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1862/FUL
I read on the Regent's Park Cyclists Facebook page that Thames Water will be closing Gloucester Gate for water mains replacement, starting January 2019, ending June 2019. They are requiring cyclists to dismount and use the footway. The Friends of Regents Park have expressed fears of cyclists unwilling to dismount, and the attendant danger to footway users. Justin Mckie will be asking Thames to provide a way for cyclists. If it is anything like the works on Park Village East this autumn, there was plenty of space to provide a small passage for cyclists it was just a lack of cooperation from Thames Water than prevented it. I contacted them directly, they replied but refused to help. If anyone has any influence at Thames Water/HS2/Camden it might be worth following this up. This is a massive desire line for daily cycling and will be a large inconvenience for six months. On the plus side, it will be interesting to monitor motor traffic levels in the park with Gloucester Gate closed.
Westminster council are doing two important things at the moment. There is a consultation on "Oxford Street District" here: https://osd.london The other thing WCC are doing is going to close Riding House Street with the Camden boundary at the junction of Cleveland Street by installing bollards across the road. The street has already been closed for over a year and it has had no negative impact. Camden have already done this at Fitzroy Square and Warren Street and it has been very positive. We need to do more of the same. The issue of through traffic -- including Torrington Place -- needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. All areas of Fitzrovia are above the legal limit for NO2, except for Crabtree Fields open space. (Sample readings: 55 µg/m3 - legal limit is 40 µg/m3. NO2 pollution on Oxford Street east is 66 µg/m3 & on Euston Road it is 84 µg/m3.) Camden has so far refused to entertain the two road closures I have suggested - Torrington Place and Goodge Place. I am now going to suggest the following road closures to Camden and Westminster to make Fitzrovia "access only". Close Goodge Street at Westminster boundary at junction with Goodge Place; close New Cavendish Street at the junction with Cleveland Street, and finally close Clipstone Street at the junction with Cleveland Street (this would also require Cleveland Street to be one-way north bound). I believe it will not impact on access to all streets by motor vehicles for deliveries and drop-offs, etc. But it will eliminate entirely motor through traffic across the Camden/Westminster border and mitigate the effect of Gower Street northbound traffic turning into Torrington Place. This would also cut down on traffic along Grafton Way which also a victim of WEP.
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The new cycle lanes on Arbury Road are great but I'm worried the asphalt height hasn't been done to a tight enough tolerance. In places the step from the road up the kerb to the cycle path is quite large, so I'm reluctant to move over from the road to the cycle lane until I reach a flat part. I may be being over-cautious but I've had bad experiences in the past with falling off and bucked wheels from riding up kerbs at too shallow an angle, and I'm reluctant to experiment too hard! Does anyone know what the tolerance is meant to be, and whether it has been met here?
Not clear that there is an explicit consultation for this. LIP link attached. Discussion thread added. level. This is known as a Local Implementation Plan. A Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is a statutory document prepared under Section 145 of the GLA Act. It represents a borough’s own transport strategy and is reviewed on an annual basis. This is the third LIP prepared by Havering and it aligns with the MTS published in March 2018 for the period up to 2041. The draft LIP explains how the borough will implement the transport elements of the draft London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and other relevant Mayoral strategies. The draft LIP also takes into account Havering’s own plans and strategies, particularly the Havering Local Plan submitted in March 2018, and sets out the long term vision for transport in Havering up to 2041. The Council is undertaking a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public, local businesses and other interested parties. Responses will be taken into account when drafting the final LIP3 document to be submitted to TfL in early 2019. please email the Transportation Planning team: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
We’re planning what improvements we’d like to make to transport in the borough for future decades and would like your views. We’ve recently published our draft ‘Local Implementation Plan’ which sets out our ambitions and plans for improving the transport network and making it more environmentally friendly. “We want to make this the greenest borough in Britain,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment. “This plan sets out ways we hope to improve air quality, reduce congestion, encourage more walking and cycling and promote the use of public transport and electric vehicles. “It also sets out how we can make our transport grow and be more efficient in the future.”
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Station Road in Histon seems to have a large, and in my view inappropriate amount of through traffic. I assume the majority of the traffic is attempting to avoid the traffic lights and the Green and shave some time of their drive through Histon. There is a large amount of foot and cycle traffic along this road, as the direct route between two schools with many parents having children at both (infant and junior). The foot paths are very narrow and the amount of traffic makes cycling (espcially with children) intimidating. I think the situation (for people on bikes and foot at least) could very cheaply be massively improved by blocking Station road to through traffic, restoring thee road to what it should be, a quiet residential street. I suppose this would lead to some traffic jams, at least at first until people get used to it. I've recently spoken to several people, mostly other parents, who have similar opinions. Does anyone have a view on a good way forward in terms of campaigning on this? I wondered about trying to set up a petition, which I could circulate amount parents to try and show that there could be significant support for this. Or course there may also be significant backlash.... Or should I try and talk to the parish council first. Any thoughts welcome. I've suggested this to the parish council several times (as have other parents I discover) but nothing has yet happened (I've not even had a reply...)
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Alert: Fen Road Milton to be closed for resurfacing Friday 14th Dec. As there's no pavement, it will be totally closed even to pedestrians. However, given the terrible state of the road, one day's pain will be more than worth it.
Proposals for a new community park and affordable housing on Milton Road, Impington.
Is there a way of persuading the council that they should not be having bin collections or road sweeping on major roads around the city, which also act as major bike routes, bus routes, car commuter routes so are deeply congested during "rush hour" at silly times, ie during the same "rush hour"? Yesterday, it was a bin lorry wending its way down Hills Road at 8.45am; a danger to cyclists and the bin men themselves as well as causing a big queue. Today it was a road sweeper doing Maids Causeway which is a bus route at 8.30am, also causing a big queue. Both these roads will be significantly less busy come 9am. It's not just bad for cyclists but everyone. There are plenty of quieter roads in the city that can be attended to between about 8 and 9am, so why choose to do stuff on what I'd call the trunk roads of the city, holding up all the buses and making it horrible for cyclists. It's a lack of joined up thinking in my opinion.
Hackney council says: Hackney Council is working with Islington Council and Transport for London (TfL) to make improvements to the Cycle Superhighway Route 1 (CS1) on Balls Pond Road. In February 2015 TfL in partnership with Hackney Council consulted on the CS1 route which included two options for Balls Pond Road: an option for advisory cycle lanes on each side of the road and an option for a two-way segregated cycle track. A positive response to the consultation was received showing overall support for the segregated two-way cycle track along Balls Pond Road. In autumn 2015 a second consultation was held by TfL in partnership with Hackney Council on a motor traffic reduction scheme in the De Beauvoir area to assist users of the CS1 route. We are now seeking your views on measures required to implement the segregated two-way cycle track along Balls Pond Road between the junctions of Culford Road and Kingsbury Road. These measures would complete the route, safely connecting the two halves of the CS1.
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From Leeds City Council RE: Declaration of a Public Bridleway at Red Hall at the south western end of the ELOR Leeds City Council is considering making a declaration to record the currently permissive bridleway between the Ring Road, Shadwell and Winn Moor Lane (around the perimeter of Leeds City Council’s Red Hall Site) as a Definitive Bridleway and record it on the Definitive Map and Statement. I have enclosed a map of the proposed bridleway shown with a solid pink line with cross bars. The section to be dedicated would be between A and B and it will have a recorded width of three metres. The ends of this existing permissive bridleway are to be diverted and improved by the East Leeds Orbital Road and have been included in the Side Roads Order which will enable them to also be recorded on the Definitive Map and Statement. I have attached a map showing the East Leeds Orbital Road, the existing permissive bridleway and the alteration that have been included in the Side Roads Order. The East Leeds Orbital Road will also extend the existing permissive bridleway east by providing a public bridleway along its north/ eastern boundary all the way to Barnbow Lane where it will connect to the existing bridleway network and the new/ diverted bridleways within The Springs retail and leisure development. A shared use footway/ bridleway will continue from the western end of the permissive bridleway along the side of the Ring Road/ A6120 to Leeds Bridleway No. 104. The claimed footpath across Red Hall Fields from the permissive bridleway to Red Hall Lane has been partially diverted by the Side Roads Order for the East Leeds Orbital Road with a bridge provided over the road. A decision will be taken to divert or dedicate the footpath on the south side of East Leeds Orbital Road will be made when future proposals for this land are decided. A Definitive Map Modification Order Application has been made for the claimed footpath that connects between the permissive bridleway and Winn Moor Lane and this is currently being investigated although a decision has not been made. I would be grateful to receive any comments that you may have regarding the declaration of the permissive bridleway as a public bridleway within four weeks of the date of this letter, so that they may be taken into consideration. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
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The current layout of the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Winchester road and Vermont close forces cyclists out of the cycle lane and into the flow of traffic. This is a risky maneuver and relies on the patience of the car driver behind the cyclist. A possible solution would be to be extend the cycle lane through the chicane, with give way markings so that pedestrians have right of way.
Southampton Cycling Campaign has received many reports of local cyclists having accidents on the cycle path outside the Dominos Pizza outlet at the southern end of The Avenue. A recent incident was reported in the Southampton Echo, http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10475081.Cyclist_hurt_in_road_crash/
There is a loading bay in the cycle contraflow cycle lane, which means that the cycle lane is blocked for cyclists as soon as a vehicle is parked there. This means that cyclists have to pull out into the path of oncoming buses, thus making the NCN route unsuitable to young children or inexperienced cyclists.
Disused railway tracks on St Peters Dock provide short section of road surface that is dangerous to traverse from East to West by bike. If you are avoiding crossing the tracks then you are forced into oncoming traffic. If you cross the tracks, you are then potentially trapped between parked cars and the railway tracks, which can be dangerous. The tracks are very slippery when wet or icy, and sections are often hidden underwater because there is poor drainage after heavy rain. Ideally the tracks are totally removed, or the surface covered with concrete or tarmac.
Redesign of Grey Street to remove the danger of cars reversing (blind) out parking bays into middle of the road.
Here is an ambitious plan for a Bicycle Boulevard from Shoreditch to Fitzrovia, along Old Street, Clerkenwell Road and Theobalds Road, open only to bicycles, buses and motor traffic for local access only. a. It is now the most cycled route in London, showing that it is the desired EW route. b. It is of variable width, therefore trying to accommodate bikes, buses, and through traffic in a consistent and safe way is impossible. In other words, a compromise will be a botch job. c. There will not be mixing of buses and bicycles: bicycles will have a dedicated two way cycle lane on the South side of the street. d. The Boulevard stops being a mega- EW-rat-run. Motor traffic will have to use Pentonville/City Road. More details here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yw9mkHhGZaVBKYJs6FxyhC1Z4nNYVl-IFH-aR1ScK9U/pub?start=false#slide=id.p
We have a tandem which fits in all the spaces on trains in Scotland (as far as I know), but we are prohibited from taking it on any except the East Coast line trains. I've been writing to various officials - elected and otherwise - and contributed to the recent review of the Scotrail franchise, but am not getting much joy. No one seems to think it is a big deal. But, for my family, with 2 kids aged 5 and 1, and no car, if we don't go by tandem and train, we can't go anywhere much. The tandem is not a luxury but a practical transport solution. Does anyone else want to join in and make this more than a one-woman issue? (another related issue: even once the kids can ride their own bikes, we won't be able to use trains much since most only allow 2 reservations).
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The A2 is a hostile environment for cycling. Cyclists should be directed away from using the A2 towards existing safe alternatives (e.g. RCR16) and the current A2 cycle signs should be removed.
Proposed route along the rail corridor through Cambridge, part of which is in the Cambridge Local Plan.
I've visited Riverside to Waterbeach with William Rayner of county cycling team. He's revising signage here and providing it along the St Ives corridor, with the old NCN 51 being renamed Regional Route 24 (blue patch). We've decided finally to continue to sign NCN 11 from Riverside Bridge to Waterbeach Station, and he's looking at suitable (hopefully temporary) wording to advise to follow NCN 51 to Bottisham for destinations beyond Waterbeach, which will hopefully eliminate misrouting those from outside the area. Our inspection of existing signs showed that only one new signboard was provided on completion 5 years ago of Riverside Bridge. Signboards still send people via Green Dragon. Sustrans considers signage is an important part of any route project. The intention is to sign Milton Country Park as a destination, not as part of the route, removing route signs within the park, and probably retaining Coles Road as the signed route through the village, though it would be much preferable to have improvements past the shops and the village green, pubs etc. Retaining the route to Waterbeach as NCN will help keep the gap in people's awareness. I am planning to contact again the landowner of the missing link between Bottisham Lock and Fen Road, Lode with a suggestion for a low-level route, southeast side of the Bottisham Lode floodbank which is the route of the public footpath, where signs forbid cycling. It might be considered more visually acceptable. All parish councils are for the route, including the one of which he is a member.
Surface, drainage and width issues. Planned for upgrade as part of CEC 'family network' No details/dates. Was an issue 5 years ago (and before) http://cyclingedinburgh.info/2007/01/18/drowned-bike
Six inch high ridge near left side of north bound lane on the south side of the bridge forces cyclists too close to the kerb or into the path of motor vehicles. Issue reported via CTC pothole reporting site. Resurfacing required.
While some painted "cycle lane" does exist northbound, there is woefully little provision for cyclists considering the huge number that use this section of road each day, a large number of whom are those who work at the General Hospital and other nearby health centres. Southbound cyclists have no real provision of space at all, save a graduated stopline, where cars turning right often try to pass right-turning cycles on the inside. Dale road itself is extremely narrow by winchester road, with almost no pavement space for pedestrians. Cyclists heading northbound on Winchester road must beat traffic off the line at Dale road to get to the painted centre of Winchester road. North of the traffic light at The Range, the cycle lane is almost non-existent, placing cyclists between 2 lanes of heavy traffic, and cyclists have to stop and wait in this dangerous area in order to turn right onto Wilton road. Furthermore, the road surface, especially at this part of Winchester road, is currently deplorable.
There is a campaign for a cycle route between Bar Hill and Cambridge, also connecting Dry Drayton, Madingley and Coton to North-West Cambridge. Currently cycle provision for these villages is poor. Bar Hill has lower rates of cycling than other villages that are closer to Cambridge. The campaign site is: http://www.bhddmadcycle.com/
Garratt Lane at Earlsfield station sucks massively for cyclists, and is a jarring interruption to the Wandle Trail (Sustrans route 20). It would be great to extend the riverside path underneath the railway to avoid this dangerous stretch of road.
Is this really the best that Edinburgh can do for the flagship national cycle network route 1 to get it to cross Clerk Street? You have to go through a pile of bins, on to the pavement to get round a barrier and then try and judge it right to cross the road, or use the nearby pedestrian crossing.
Motorised vehicles currently use the rat run through Milner Street to avoid the fraffic lights at Grove Lane/ St Helens St. This is part of NCN 41 , any extra traffic passing through here detracts from the cycling experience and is negative for residents. Cyclist comments are needed now !
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The Fountain Roundabout is a major barrier to cycling around New Malden. It's a large, multi-lane roundabout with no cycling facilities (and poor pedestrian crossing provision too). Lying just to the south of New Malden High Street it's key to unlocking short journeys by bike to the town centre.
The surface of this path is awful. It is very pot-holed, and it creates issues for cycles and pushchairs. And for people with visual impairments, it creates hazards as well. It also needs the white lines changing/removing to avoid further serious injury - Someone has told me that they saw someone slip on the line and break their hip. The white lines are raised and have been repainted - they are slippy for cycle wheels. There is also concern that the white lines would be slippy for pedestrians when wet.
This contraflow infrastructure is hazardous for several reasons: the path is very narrow - realistically around 0.5m wide, the cyclists is riding in the gutter, at risk of being doored and catching wing mirrors. What caught me out was a vehicle travelling North and turned right to access an entrance. Our sight lines were blocked by parked vehicles in parking bays to the right of the cycle path. Until this situation is addressed cyclists will continue to be vulnerable along this section of the road.
The A14 is a very hostile, dangerous road for cycling. Improvements to it, as well as broader changes to the national framework for cyclist crossings of major roads, are needed.
The cycle path crosses the soutbound exit from the M53 at Cheshire Oaks. The exit is light controlled for traffic as they enter the roundabout. This provides a safe time for cyclists to ride across the sliproad. However the lights are not visible to cyclist on the path and there is no light provided to advise cyclists when they can cross. This makes it very difficult and dangerous for cyclists to know when they can safely cross. This would require no physical change to the road layout simply a new light to show cyclists when to cross.
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Transport for London's public consultation on Cycle Superhighway 1 is open from 16 February to 29 March. The LCC office has set up this thread to facilitate discussion of the proposals. https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs1
I have serious concerns about the safety of this portion of the bike path; arising from its recent re-design. Recently my 10 year old son was in a very close “near-miss” with a car turning off the A316 into Bicester Road; and I believe many more similar incidents are likely occurring. Eventually someone will be seriously hurt or killed on it. However, the improvement in the track leads cyclists to feel more confident in using it – giving a false sense of security. In particular: • The segregated track makes it particularly appealing for inexperienced and more vulnerable cyclists (such as kids). • This track design leads to an increase in the cyclists speed. • The smooth/quick nature of the track leads inexperienced cyclists to believe that THEY HAVE RIGHT OF WAY across side roads. • There are no markings on the roads to tell drivers coming in or out of side roads that cyclists could be on the track crossing their path. • There is a particular challenge for EASTBOUND cyclists. To avoid stopping at every side road, when on the track travelling Eastbound (as per red arrow on photo) approaching roads such as Bicester road, the cyclist has to simultaneously (a) check to their FRONT/LEFT side to see if a car is exiting the side road (b) check BEHIND them on their REAR/ RIGHT hand side to see if a car is about to swing off the A316 into the side road (usually at speed) - (as per orange arrow on photo). This is a hard combination to perform – looking 180 degrees opposite directions at the same time. If you are an inexperienced cyclist, on an apparently safe track, it is very likely that you will not realise you have to be this vigilant and not check adequately for cars. Hence, my boy rode across Bicester road from the east and was very nearly hit by a car turning off the A316. (Note that travelling from the west is somewhat easier as both the vehicles turning in from the A316 and those turning out from the side roads are in your front field of vision). My suggestions for improving this situation are: (1) Clearly mark the bike track across the side roads so cars are aware there are cyclists approaching from the side. (2) Ideally, give cyclists priority across the side roads; so making cars slow to a halt and making it more intuitive for cyclists. (3) To facilitate this, would require some stopping space for traffic coming on/off the A316 to after the bike track crossing At roads such as Bicester road the bike track could be curved to the south by about 2m before crossing the side road – this curve in the track would (a) naturally slow cyclists down as they approach the side road (b) would provide vehicles moving onto the A316 a decent gap so they can separate the concerns of first negotiating the bike track then focus on getting on the A316; (c) for vehicles coming off the A316 the additional space would give them space to stop and give way to cyclists.
Proposal To investigate options to provide a safe, continuous route from St James Barton Roundabout to the top of Park Street. Rationale Marlborough Street/Upper Maudlin Street/Perry Road/Park Row (known as the Scope Route) is the most desirable route for cyclists from the east of the city to the University, the Triangle, Clifton etc but is heavily trafficked with little cycle provision. Research has identified three key perceptions that deter people from taking up cycling: lack of personal safety; inconvenience; poor image. Experience from countries in northern Europe shows conclusively that in order for cycling to become a mass activity attracting all ages and abilities these perceptions have to be tackled and potential cyclists must believe they will feel safe, valued and normal. Facilities are needed that form a coherent network, separate cyclists from fast, high volume traffic and offer them a high degree of priority and convenience both on main routes and local roads. The purpose of Bristol's 'Design Cycling' work programme is to create a network and that is convenient, safe and provides speedy access all over the city. A network which a 12 year old would feel comfortable using. Part of the 2013 Bristol City Council LSTF proposals.