Camden Council proposes measures to allow contraflow cycling in Huntley Street.
It is proposed to have a docking station on Huntley Street, at the Torrington Place end. This will be assisted by a cycle access gap at Torrington Place, enabling cyclists to legally enter Huntley Street at this end, and complemented by allowing two-way cycling along Huntley Street up to University Street where cyclists can continue their journey.
We are very pleased that at last, two-way cycling will be available in Huntley Street. On its own, this will be very useful for accessing the surrounding area. But Huntley Street also forms part of the variation on Route 0 between Howland Street and Torrington Place proposed in the Link 30 CRISP Report. This variation will remove the necessity to cross Tottenham Court Road at the junction of Torrington Place.
We discussed the detailed design with Joanna Alker who kindly provided us with drawings in May. We appreciate the opportunity to look at detailed drwaings in advance. Following a site visit we think the design will work fine. It will be a bit narrow at the Torrington Place end once the build-outs for the cycle hire are in, but we don’t see any remedy for that, and traffic flows are quite low so it should be acceptable.
Having the marked cycle lane past the cycle hire build outs should make oncoming vehicles aware that cyclists have a right to be there, though in general we have mixed feelings about the utility of marked lanes.