Camden Council proposes a speed table across Agar Grove between Murray Street and the entry to the Agar Camley Link. This is intended to facilitate access to and from the link.
The existing zebra crossing will be moved onto the speed table from east of the estate road.
Further east, between Murray Street and St Paul’s Crescent, two sets of speed cushions will be removed. They will be replaced by pedestrian islands.
We’ll need to check the width of the gaps between pedestrian islands and kerb.
We were promised that cycle route signage for the Agar-camley link would be installed as part of this package. It isn’t mentioned in the consultation, but that’s probably because signs can be put up without consulting. But we need to remind them.
CCC is pleased that Camden Council is at last proposing a scheme to enable cyclists to enter the northern end of the Agar-Camley link without having to
bump up a kerb. A speed table is a good simple solution, however it would be more effective if it were to stretch across the entrance to Murray Street.
Position of the table relative to entry to the Agar-Camley link
The consultation drawing fails to show the details of the entry to the Agar-Camley link. A
blow-up would have been appreciated. It is essential that the entry to the Agar-Camley link be well clear of the east-facing ramp. Please supply us with a detailed scaled drawing.
The drawing shows cycle logos at other points in Agar Grove. However it is essential to show logos between the entry to the Agar-Camley link and Murray Street to warn motorists of the existence of cycle traffic.
The Agar-Camley link requires signage for southbound cyclists on Route 6 and on Agar Grove. It requires northbound signage from Goodsway to the bottom of the link. Our proposals for signage (which we have already given to Camden Council) form page 2 of this letter.
Several people in response to this consultation and in earlier discussions have criticised the metal barriers at the top and bottom of the Agar-Camley link. Two people have said that they use an alternative route to avoid having to pass the barriers. Since the Agar-Camley link was built as a cycle facility, convenience of cyclists should be paramount. Three rows of railings really is excessive. Here are some suggestions:
- it is redundant to have barriers at top and bottom: one set would prevent all motorcycle traffic.
- the remaining barrier should be simplified either by removal of the two lower fences or by putting them further apart.
These should be designed so that cyclists are not squeezed. See London Cycling Design Standards (Section 3.6.4).