Barriers blocking shared path in Tollgate, Colchester for cyclists, wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.
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Barriers blocking shared path in Tollgate, Colchester for cyclists, wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) are preparing two planning applications for a proposed Elective Orthopaedic Centre and Northern Approach Road access at Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester. The public is invited to comment on the development proposals in a consultation between 1 March and 12 March 2021.
The detailed elements of the works involved with the Elective Orthopaedic Centre comprise:
The detailed elements of the works involved with the Northern Approach Road access comprise:
The new Northern Approach Road access point is proposed to be located to the south‐western corner of the site, and will create a clearer, more legible and direct access for staff, patients and visitors from the strategic network in line with other local hospitals in Essex, and will provide improved highway safety and environmental benefits to residents residing along Turner Road, as well as encouraging improved sustainable travel behaviours.
The consultation period will run from Monday 1 March 2021 until 5.00pm on Friday 12 March 2021.
"When Colchester council approved the plan, in about 2007, it insisted that all private motor traffic enter and leave the estate via an access on to the A134 (Cordelia Drive), near to the A12 but at the farthest point from the town centre. ...
A year ago, the developers, Mersea Homes and Countryside, decided they didn't like this arrangement and applied to scrap the bus gate. They hedged their bets and also asked to move the bus gate into their estate, giving 160 homes access to Mile End Road.
Colchester council rejected the scrapping of the bus gate but granted a temporary access for five years to be covered by a legal agreement.
The developers decided to go to appeal." (blog)
The new shared path that runs parallel to Severalls Lane has obstructive chicane barriers and cyclist dismount signs where the path crosses the drive to Whitehouse Farm.
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Barriers restrict access for people of all abilities, e.g. hand cycles, buggies for carers with disabled children, and for this that wish to cycle.
Plans for erection of cycle shelter
93 Regent Street Cambridge CB2 1AW
Erection of a two storey dwelling, with associated amenity space, parking, bin and cycle store following demolition of garage.
Land R/o 207 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7DA
There is a proposal to build 35 new homes on Sandy Lane (described by the developers as 26 'family houses' and 9 'affordable homes').
The project has a website: https://yoursay.online/sandy-lane#about-the-project
At 6pm today (23rd February 2021) there will be webinar about the development (hosted by the developers).
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21/00264/FUL: Erection of two new buildings comprising Class E(g)i/E(g)ii floorspace including ancillary accommodation/ facilities with associated plant and cycle parking for Block F2 and an Aparthotel (Class C1) with multi-storey car park for Network Rail, including car and cycle parking, for Block B2 with associated plant, hard and soft landscaping and permanent access from Devonshire Road to the Cambridge Station Car Park, utilising the existing pedestrian and cycle access, restricted to emergency access to the railway only.
Blocks B2 & F2, Devonshire Quarter, Devonshire Road, Cambridge
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Erection of new 2 bedroom 1.5 storey dwelling, associated works along with new parking/cycle parking following demolition of existing outbuildings
199-201 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7BX
The bike lanes across Marble Arch have long been chaotic and poorly marked. Confusion has been increased by the hurried COVID additions. I have found taking my 14 year old to practice learning to ride on North Carriage Drive scary.
I have heard our Chair despair on the subject before.
Specifically there are no clearly marked lanes on the Marble Arch island, through an area mobbed in Summer with visitors, and with a table tennis table on the intuitive route. But a chance has emerged - see below. Link via Westminster web-site to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Views are sought to "email@example.com by Friday 19 February
sound+fury // 1 thread
New 2 bedroom house being built close to an existing property.
21/00027/FUL | Change of use from Class C3(a) to C4 turning a 7bed dwelling to a large no 8bed HMO and 1no 2bed self-contained flat.
1 Hurrell Road Cambridge CB4 3RQ
Camden proposes the following measures:
Erection of four commercial mid-tech buildings comprising Use Class E (commercial, business and service) to provide flexible office, research and development and light industrial uses, and Use Class B8 (storage and distribution) limited to a maximum of 20% GEFA; together with car parking, cycle parking, landscaping, substation and associated infrastructure (following demolition of the existing buildings).
Trinity Hall Farm Industrial Estate, Nuffield Road, Cambridge, CB4 1TG
The Camden Square area is bounded by Camden Road, Camden Park Road-York Way, Agar Grove and St Pancras Way. Most of this area already benefits from some road closures made in the 1970s at junctions with Agar Grove (St Augustines Road, St Paul’s Crescent and Stratford Villas) and at junctions with Camden Road (Rochester Square and Cantelowes Road). But Murray Street is still used as a rat-run between Camden Road and Agar Grove.
This consultation focuses on
The rat-run reduction scheme proposes two filters:
The proposals for improving the cycle route are:
The plans involve East/West road with multiple signage for entry/exit of 20/30mph zones plus the Byway cul-de-sac.
Plan (pdf) is embedded on consultation page.
To the North of route shown in blue is existing 20mph
This forms part of the NCN77 route.
The draft document is linked right at the bottom of the consulation page, again here
Everyone benefits from sustainable transport because it means that we are:
• Keeping the air cleaner through alternative travel choices, such as walking, cycling to work, using public transport or using electric vehicles, while improving public health;
• Improving safety for travellers, especially for people with disabilities, children, older residents and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists;
1.13 In July 2019, the London Borough of Sutton declared a climate emergency, and pledged to make the borough carbon neutral. Air quality improvements and carbon reduction are byproducts of, and some of many reasons for, sustainable transport.
from section 4
Cycle mode share is low, 1.1% of all journeys and among the lowest share in London.
5.7 Essentially, more people in Sutton are choosing to use their car for journeys of less than 2km than anywhere else in London.
See Section 6 re. cycling.
6.12 The existing number of cycling trips made each year in Sutton is 7,700, out of a total in outer London of 208,200 trips.
However, there is a potential for 234,900 daily cyclable trips, which would mean that 3% of all borough journeys would be by cycle. This
figure is higher than boroughs of similar size and population such as Harrow, Merton and Richmond upon Thames.
6.13 As with walkable trips, Sutton also has the highest number of potentially cyclable trips per resident that are currently made by a motorised mode of travel22.
Appendix F : no mention of cycleways
also saw under Developer checklists:
G6g) The Council, landowners, developers, infrastructure providers and funding agencies will work together to implement the place-based projects in the Sutton Public Realm Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (adopted January 2020).
G6h) The Council, landowners, developers, infrastructure providers and funding agencies will work together to implement the Liveable Neighbourhoods schemes and to bid for and implement future schemes where possible.
An obvious link between the very well publicised and used Brierley trail and Skegby Trail is required in this plot of land to enable circular routes to be created
Northern Gateway Plots 9,10,11
All of the schemes operate timed road closures on Mondays to Fridays e.g. from 8.15am-9.15am and 3pm-4pm in term time.
In all but one of the schemes, it is stated that the restrictions will be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
Each scheme would be introduced as a trial for a maximum of 18 months with a further consultation After 12 months.
Exemptions: properties and businesses in the closed section of the affected road, emergency services, bin lorries, blue badge and pupils of the school that have a disability that prevents them from using active travel.
A few nice surprises here, marked with asterisks ***
A Healthy School Street on Croftdown Road, between the junction with Chester Road and the east side of the junction with St. Albans Road.
And close with planters and bollards the west side of the junction Croftdown Road/ St Albans Road
Consultation on Camden’s website:
Kentish Town Church of England Primary School
A Healthy School Street on Islip Street, from Frideswide Place to the junction with Hammond Street.
*** Create a permanent restriction on Hammond Street by placing planters halfway between Islip Street and Caversham Road.
Temporary widening of footway outside school. Why temporary?
Removal of some guard rails
Consultation on Camden’s website:
Christopher Hatton Primary School
1. A Healthy School Street On Mount Pleasant, between the junction with Grays Inn Road and the junction with Elm Street.
No mention of the use of ANPR cameras.
*** 2. Make permanent the trial scheme in Laystall Street north of Rosebery Avenue which implemented a mid-point closure and allowed two-way cycling.
Consultation on Camden’s website
Argyle Primary School
A Healthy School Street road on Bidborough Street, Hastings Street and Tonbridge Street.
*** The one-way systems on all three streets would remain in place, with the addition of a contraflow for cycles.
Consultation on Camden’s website
St Mary and St Pancras School
A Healthy School Street on Polygon Road between Chalton Street and Werrington Street.
Consultation on Camden’s website:
Ecole Jeanine Manuel
A Healthy School Street on the south side of Bedford Square which is one-way westbound.
from the junction with Bloomsbury Street to Adeline Place
*** Add a contraflow cycle lane to the southern side of Bedford Square
Consultation on Camden’s website:
The proposal is to made a Tiger crossing over Mansfield Road between Estelle Roads and the cut-through to Elaine Grove. This will replace the existing zebra crossing. The following supporting measures are also proposed:
The improvement of this crossing is in preparation for the extension of C6 from Kentish Town via Castle Road, Castelehaven Road and Grafton Road to reach Hampstead Heath at Savernake bridge.
Implement on 18 month ETO,
Change of use to large HMO (8 bed) including conversion of existing garage to make the 8th bedroom with ensuite.
189 Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JJ
21/00182/PRI03O | Prior approval for change of use of offices (Class B1(a) to 3 No. dwellinghouses (Class C3)
175-179 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8HA
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Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
There's a very poor dogleg right-angle with barriers at the entrance/exit from the West Cambridge site to Clerk Maxwell Road.
This should be turned into a wide splay with good visibility.
The river crossing across the River Dee from Chester City Centre to Handbridge is a key access route for cyclists from south of the city into the city centre, especially since the pedestrian crossing across the suspension bridge from Handbridge/Queens Park has a prohibition on cycling.
The crossing on the histroric Handbridge is controlled by traffic lights operated by inductive sensors at both ends of the bridge. The timing of these lights means that those who are slower cyclists or part of a group of cyclists sometimes do not reach the other side of the bridge before the lights have changed for the traffic in the opposite direction.
This causes an intimidatory situation, and occasionally a dangerous situation when traffic has started to cross on to the narrow bridge confronting cyclists coming in the other direction.
It would be helpful to log any incidents that people may have encountered to accumulate suitable evidence for both English Heritage (who control aspects of what can be installed on to the listed structure) and for the Highway Authroity (Cheshire West & Chester Council) to afford this a greater priority than currently.
The Council is unwilling to lengthen the delay on the lights before they change in the opposite direction (citing unjustifiable delay to traffic), and English Heritage have said that additional sensors cannot be installed into the road surface /bridge structure to delay the changing of lights due to cyclists still traversing the bridge.
The A5117 at this point has some sections of non-protected cycle lane, but they are not continuous, and they disappear at a number of pinch points. The road carries a lot of very fast moving heavy traffic, and is dangerous and unpleasant to cycle on. It would be a useful route for people travelling by bike to or from Stanlow Refinery, Cheshire Oaks, the University of Chester at Thornton Science Park, and Ince & Elton villages, but is currently only used by a tiny number of very brave and confident cyclists. This situation could be improved by making the cycle lane continuous along the whole route.
This consultation seeks to gather your views on Hackney Council’s proposals for improving the environment for cycling and walking and controlling traffic flow on Oldhill Street between Stamford Grove East and Feldman Close, including:
• a one-way system on Oldhill Street from Stamford Grove East to Feldman Close
• a School Street to make it safer and easier for children to walk and cycle to school.
The one-way system will serve to stop people driving vehicles along the footway outside Tyssen School.
For the School Street, the same section of Oldhill Street will temporarily become a pedestrian- and cycle-only zone for 45 minutes at school opening and closing times whilst maintaining access for residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists. This will tackle congestion at the school gates and improve the environment and safety for those travelling to school.
Residents and businesses who live and work on this section of Oldhill Street will be able to register for an exemption so they can still get to and from their homes and businesses by vehicle.
In Museum Street and Upper Brook Street/Northgate Street it is very dangerous to cycle. Both roads are very narrow, have lots of buses pass through and there are contraflow cycle paths. On those you are very close to the buses (both directions) even if you wait on the pavements to let them through because you are worried about accidents. Can cyclepaths go through Elm Street, Tower Street or Tower Rampart instead?
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All the sideroads between Richmond Circus and Manor Circus are a danger to cyclists on the cycleway.
There is no warning to motorists that there will be crossing cyclists and the building angles make it hard to see if anything is coming.
Turning traffic from the A316 can have an obscured view of the cycleway due to foliage.
Decrease corner radii.
Make road hump more pronounced.
Make cycle surface colour continuous across roadway.
Add markings across roadway.
Add warning signage.
Move give way lines back to before cycleway or add additional give way lines.
This is a good location for "No Entry except Cycles".
The existing Traffic Order allows cycling past the No Entry sign.
The existing "cycle bypass" over the footway, which was rarely used, has been obstructed and largely destroyed by the adjacent building site.
The simplest solution is to add a supplementary plate "Except Cycles" under the No Entry sign.
Over the past couple of years of regularly cycling between Waterbeach and Cambridge on NCN11 I have noticed that the path between Waterbeach and Baits Bite Lock is in really bad repair and is getting gradually worse. I have been in touch with the council to ask them to repair it, and they told me that as far as they are concerned the path is only a footpath, and they have no obligation to maintain it to a standard suitable for bikes. Sustrans tells me they have no responsibility for maintaining that section of the route, and that the council should be responsible for it.
It seems absurd to allow the path to fall into total disrepair, but at the moment it doesn't seem like anyone recognises any obligation for its upkeep.
I am happy to go out occasionally with some secateurs and chop off the more annoying bits of greenery, but the path needs resurfacing and that feels a bit beyond me!
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of problem? Have they come across it on other sections of the NCN?
Meeting with Leeds City Council to discuss possible remedial works due to high casualty rates.
The (draft / emerging) 1Core Strategy seems to hint at a bus loop (Policy UC7) and a motor vehicle "ring road" (Policy UC9) too. It mentions pedestrian routes but there's no mention of cycle routes. See attached photo. (I didn't mark up the map, as it might become a tad too messy)
The "ring road" is just like Scott / esde84 described before http://newcycling.org/space4cycling/part2 (in comments)
The photo in the attachment is from "Newcastle Proposals Map" listed here http://onecorestrategyng-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/examination_library (not sure how long thi link will stay live, link rot may happen)
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Longstanding issue about 'optimum' design, particularly to reduce conflict caused by vehicles turning from Teviot Pl due to signal phases.
We are Transport Planning and Engineering (TP&E), the social enterprise sustainable transportation consultancy and we are actively working in co-ordination with Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
Dumfries and Galloway Council have asked us to run a Community Active Travel Street Audit in Dumfries as part of the Paths for All Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiative.
- The Council want to help local people to walk and cycle more when travelling in the town centre and connecting with existing active travel routes.
- They would like your help to identify the physical barriers to active travel, and also suggest ways to encourage more people to walk and cycle.
- The aim is to find and prioritise projects that could remove the barriers to active travel.
Would you like to walk or cycle in Dumfries more than you do now? Do you have a child in a pushchair, find walking difficult or use a wheelchair to get around? Would you like to help make the streets of Dumfries more pedestrian and cycle friendly?
We will be holding a Street Audit on Wednesday 5 December, meeting at the Stove at 10.30 am. The Street Audit will focus on the route down the High Street to the river and along to Dock Park. We are also interested in the route from St Michael’s Bridge along St Michael’s Road to the schools and hospital. You can see this in the map below.
Would you like to join us in the Street Audit? We will walk the routes which will give you the opportunity to share your views on the pavements, streets and crossings and what improvements could be made to remove barriers to getting around the area on foot and by bike. The audit will take about 2 hours of your time.
You know your local area. You know the barriers and will have ideas about what could improve it to encourage more people to walk and cycle. We need your ideas!
If you would like to help please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0141 229 5448. If you can think of anyone else who might like to be involved, please pass on the details or ask them how we can get in touch and let us know.
Also, if you would like to leave a message please follow the thread link on the right hand side of this web page listed as "Volunteers needed for Community Active Travel Street Audit - Dumfries". If you scroll to the bottom of the thread there is a section to compose a message/post. To undertake this task please ensure you are signed into cyclescape.
Holywells Park has a section of cycle route 51 running through it, linking South East Ipswich to the centre with a pleasant and safe route down to the waterfront.
During Winter, the park is closed at dusk, sometimes as early as 4, meaning that just when the roads are most dangerous (dark and wet) cyclists are forced onto steep and busy routes either along Cliff Lane or up Bishops Hill.
The closures are largely at the request of the Park Friends group. I've spoken to them, and their concerns seem to be largely about what might go on after dark. It's not clear that there is any evidence for this, nor that the current situation of locking the main gates but leaving others would do anything to deter misbehaviour.
Keeping it open as a cycle route would ensure a legitimate presence in the park, and help provide less confident cyclists in the area with a safe route to and from town.
I'd propose either locking later, or for a trial period leaving the park unlocked.
Planning application submitted to Stockport Council re. Phase 4 of the "Parklands" development at Three Acres Lane (ref. DC053394). The proposals seem to purely focus on motor transport via the A34 as the means of access/egress. CycleWilmslow have long campaigned, with support from some CycleStockport members plus CTC and Sustrans for a traffic-free route from Cheadle to Handforth. This would go through this site (there is currently a footpath which would require minimal work to upgrade to bridleway standard).
London Cycling Campaign has reorientated its policy towards a 'Go Dutch' approach.
This aims to learn from best practice abroad rather than continuing with the 'hierarchy of provision' that, in 20 years in the UK, has arguably failed to deliver meaningful change.
This is an overarching issue for conceptual discussion of this issue.
A friend of mine had a head-on collision with an invisible , un-lit cyclist on the DNA trail about 2 months ago. The end of his handlebar went through his face, breaking his jaw and many facial bones, and he also had serious damage to his hip and leg. He was in hospital for about 2 months, and was very nearly paralyzed. As many of you know, the trail is narrow and very dark at night, when many people are coming home from the Adenbrookes campus. I am trying to persuade the County Council to make the path wider (there is a total of 17 feet on either side) and have it lighted with overhead lighting (solar powered ones are commercially available). Please let your County Council person know, and also please consider signing the petition at:
I really want to reduce the chances that others will be injured on this heavily used path
The traffic lights at Eagle Street were timed such that travelling eastbound you would always get caught at the second set unless you were extremely fast setting off. After discussions with the council and it brought up at the Sustainability Forum by Cllr Smart, it was fixed to increase the length of time that those lights were green, and was great as you always knew you could get through the second set of lights without having to wait unless you just went through the earlier ones just before they went red.
However over the past few days the signal timing has changed back to the older timing where the probability of getting through the second set is virtually nil. In an ideal world they would be phased such that the first set would go green, then the second set would go green several seconds later at the point where you would be arriving at them, rather than having them change to green almost at the same time.
I use Scotland road as a lower NOx route. and its easier to join than going on the ring road side of Heathfield primary.
Problem arises from vehicles waiting for the Nottingham Rd & ring road junction at the futurist blocking visibility of the junction. Makes it harder to turn and increases the threat.
Suggested solution: Keep clear markings across the junction.
If agreeable will email KM about it.
Providing a cycle-friendly surface on the path from Meadlands Drive to the road serving the German School and the Polo Club would improve cycling access to Strathmore and Russell Schools and help provide a better quiet route from Meadlands Drive area towards Richmond - providing more/better options for avoiding the busy Petersham Road.
This planning application is a revised version of a previous application that would have infilled the disused railway beneath Buttermilk lane bridge, preventing the disused railway becoming a vital new greenway between Bolsover and Poolsbrook country Park (extending the existing Stockley Trail)
The revised application has changed from infill to ramps, but this forces an unnecessary road crossing, when an underpass is perfectly feasible
please object on this basis if you are able . our campaign has created a Facebook page called "build the Stockley Extension"
Application reference : 18/00178/FUL
Ham Gate Avenue: As you cycle past parked vehicles which narrow the road by almost half you are trapped in a long tunnel. Impatient motorists who want to enter from the other end do so and simply drive at you forcing you practically into the gutter or off the road completely. Would it be ever possible to ban parking on this avenue and limit the speed to 20mph as it is in the park?
Note - there is a shared use segregated track alongside the road here (part of NCN 4) but it is frequently too narrow to cope with the volumes of cyclists and pedestrians; it is overhung with low tree branches and the surface is poor.
The route on the east side of the A167 past Crossgate Moor and Framwellgate Moor crosses a number of roundabouts. The cycle-path leads you across the roads very close to the roundabout, via the central refuge in the middle of the road. Some of these roads have two lane entry to the roundabout. Crossing both lanes at once is tricky as you have to have an eye on whether the traffic is about to move out onto the roundabout. If you have a longer vehicle, such as a bus, waiting, then the route to the refuge is blocked. There are no road markings to warn motorists that cyclists might be expected.
The route is probably going to be improved as part of the Great North Cycleway. If these roundabouts are to be made safe enough for children to use, major alterations will be required. (The route goes past Durham Johnston School so should be available to children.) The route should cross further from the mouth of the roundabout, preferably on a different-coloured surface, maybe raised.
There are some evil short grey posts on the busway cycleway that are really hard to see in the dark. I have heard of a number of people hitting them with disastrous consequences
There is a fairly good cycle lanes from Kingston towards Richmond up until you reach the Richmond Council border where Richmond Road (A307) turns into the Upper Ham Road (A307) and eventually Petersham Road (A307). At traffic lights along this route there are reserved areas for cyclists but along the roads there is nothing to remind drivers that cyclists share the road especially when the road narrows after Sandy Lane through Petersham. The road surface here is terrible and the speed bumps are pointless because some driver sprint between the bumps.
The best solution would be to remove the cyclists from this route altogether by upgrading the Thames Path to create a proper cycle path along the River Thames towards Richmond that currently stops at Teddington Lock. If a cycle/foot bridge linking Ham with Twickenham was built over Eel Pie along this route it would create an obvious link for those want to reach Twickenham.
St Peter's Dock on the National Cycle Route 51 just north of Stoke Bridge has a really poor surface which collects water, also the old rails that are no longer used and no longer connect to the rest of the rail network are a hazard for cyclists and ideally should be removed.