almost 3 years ago
What do you think about plans for this pop-up cycle lane?
Do you have any comments to make about this scheme?
I'm a cyclist, fiercely supportive of segregated cycle lanes, and I use Bradford Street twice daily.
This popup has made my cycle to work no more or less safe. Down hill going into town I have a segregated lane on the safe bits of the road and I'm left to the jungle on every junction. That's no help at all.
On my way home, going up the hill/away from the city, I have to cross in front of oncoming traffic to access the bike lane, the intersections are now a nightmare as I am on the wrong side of the road at every junction, and every minor road I cross is a heart-in-mouth as im on the "wrong" side of the road for all traffic emerging from the minor road onto Bradford Street. It was safer before the lane was installed! That's really unusual!
If there's not enough space for a segregated lane on both side of Bradford Strert, tuen it should be on the uphill side and one way: there is already a good bike & bus lane on High Street Deritend that runs parallel, and cyclists dont need so much help on downhill sections where they can get up to the speed of the general traffic flow.
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After cycling this route, I was generally impressed at the ability to cycle in a largely protected area. This is a very important route and should be retained and made permanent. I do however have some concerns that should be addressed as the trial continues and is made permanent.
The route is overall lacking clear signposting at key junctions, especially where cycles are expected to use the pavement and pedestrian crossings. If shared pavements are to be continued for certain sections, the possibility of segregation from pedestrians and/or widening of the pavement should be addressed. I felt especially that the shared pavements were inadequate and CYCLOPS style signallised junctions should be used if the route is made permanent, which would give bikes separate lanes and light phases. Sections of on-road cycle lanes with light segregation work well, and the possibility of more cycle lanes and tracks should be considered.
Overall this route should be kept and improved for easy use by all levels of cyclists.
about 3 years ago
For a street of low usage by both pedestrians and cyclists the provision made is grossly excessive, to the extent that it makes two-way traffic of large vehicles impossible in parts. It represents wasted resources.
As said by so many others, nice idea, but poorly designed. This cycle lane is dangerous. Bradford Street is a fast downhill stretch for cyclists going to work. This lane is obstructed by dangerously steep bumps, that will buckle a wheel or throw a rider off. So I did what others are doing and joined the now narrow single lane for motor vehicles. The idea of a cycle lane is to enable travel on a par with or faster than a car. Please consult cyclists when designing cycle lanes.
This is very dangerous and impractical for cyclists to use. I tried it today, as the first time I cycled into the city centre since finishing my job there in August. There are steep ramps along it that are totally unsuitable for road bikes, and would buckle wheels or throw the rider off. It was difficult to ride over them at all. Bradford Street is a steep fast hill, so now to cycle down it one has to enter the narrow traffic lane, sharing it with cars. So what this has done is to reduce the safe previous road width and force cyclists into the car lane. Please consult cyclists when designing cycle lanes.