Mark Treasure Friday 21st of October 2016
More detailed comments
While we strongly support the proposals overall, we do have a number of critical comments.
- We do not support a loading bay being placed on the cycleway itself (on Torrington Place). Parked vehicles on the cycleway will necessitate people merging into motor traffic on the road, which is neither safe, nor attractive enough for inclusive cycling.
- Several of the side roads in the scheme should have continuous (or ‘blended’) footways across them, to reinforce pedestrian priority, and encourage driver caution. (For a good London example, see either Magee Street on CS7 in Lambeth, or Bromell’s Road/The Pavement, in Clapham)
- We recommend the use of red asphalt to make the cycleways visually distinct from the road, rather than a painted surface. This is smoother to cycle on, as well as longer-lasting, requiring less maintenance.
- There is a need for greater separation at Byng Place – firstly, between pedestrians and people cycling in an eastbound direction, to reduce conflict (this is currently a ‘shared surface’, without any visual distinction between walking and cycling), and secondly, between people cycling westbound and westbound motor traffic.
- The signalised junctions require careful consideration on how to prevent turning conflicts, and to enable right turns for people cycling – in particular, at the Bedford Way, Woburn Place and Marchmont Street and Judd Street junctions, with the latter a particular ‘left hook’ risk.
- The width of the cycleways should be at least 2.5m – this is the stipulation in Transport for London’s London Cycle Design Standards for cycle flows of 800 per hour at peak.