The Ranty Highwayman)
FRIDAY, 30 MARCH 2018
I’ve been grappling with an issue of what we can do where a cycle route in a quiet network of back streets meets a busy urban mixed-use A-road.
There is a real-world site I have in mind, but I won’t name it as it is too close to work. However, this doesn’t matter as the geometry is more important that location and it has been good to flex my brain on the issue.
The main road in question is a typical long-distance single carriageway A-road which was never planned as such and so ends up connecting a series of shopping centres with housing between each; plus the occasional school and community facility. In fact, these mixed-use streets are everywhere and often end up being the de-facto long-distance road network.
The existing layout is shown above. The main road runs east-west and carries around 20,400 vehicles per day (over 24-hours), with 17,500 of them being cars. There are (unsurprisingly) 200 people per day cycling, 500 bus/ coach movements and the rest various sizes of HGV.