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It is very easy to turn up to someone else’s job and pick holes in it, especially where you don’t know the design process which led to the end product. However, when details are continually done badly, one has to wonder what is going on.
Yesterday (11th May) an impromptu outing of the London Cycle Safari took a small group of kerbnerds back to the Capital’s North-South and East-West cycleways. We had a look at the work in progress along the A201 Farringdon Street / Farringdon Road to extend CS6 towards Kings Cross.
CS6 has been fully open for some time between the Elephant & Castle and Stonecutter Street (just south of the Holborn Viaduct). The new section changes the layout from the 2-way cycleway built so far with a split into a pair of 1-way cycleways at Stonecutter Street. The work is almost complete in places;
Northbound, approaching the junction with Charterhouse Street.
We have the now-familiar floating bus stops and cycle signals which are a mix of cycle stages, early starts and 2-stage right turns. What is disappointing, however is the detailing on the kerbs. This section has nominally 45° kerbs, but as with earlier schemes such as CS2, they still have a vertical element;
So what you might say. Well, the 45° element has an upstand of about 75mm and the vertical is roughly another 25mm. This creates two risks. First, the overall height of about 100mm means anyone getting too close will catch their pedals on the kerb;
Second, the vertical element is a “wheelgrabber” which means if anyone tried to cycle off the track onto the footway, the vertical element will hold the line of the cycle tyres and throw the person off;