A 20mph limit and traffic calming measures have been proposed to improve safety on this Haverstock Hill. The proposed measures include:
– By the junction with Belsize Avenue replace pelican with zebra, widen right turn lane
– By Belsize Park Underground Station, widen footway and replace pelican with zebra
– By the junction with Antrim Grove introduce right turn lane
– By the junction with England’s lane, install island and right turn lane
– By the junction with Steele’s Road, install right turn lane and add more parking
– By the junction with Prince of Wales Road, widen right turn lane and add more parkin
– On Haverstock Hill Introduce a 20mph limit across the length of Haverstock Hill, from the junction with Adelaide Road up to the junction with Belsize Lane. This will be implemented through minimal measures (i.e. signs, line markings, etc) as a low cost solution
We are pleased that you intend to implement a 20 mph limit in Haverstock Hill, as the lowering of speeds is one of the best ways of making a street safer for cyclists and pedestrians. However, we would be happier to see a few measures intended to enforce this limit, particularly down hill.
We note that the speed limit will apply only from the junction with Adelaide Road up to the junction with Belsize Lane. We urge you to apply the limit to the entire street (including Rosslyn Hill). During the rush hour, most traffic is only averaging 20 mph on Rosslyn Hill anyway and it is outside of these times that the 20 mph restriction is required.
We agree with conversion of the two Pelicans to Zebras as the latter allow pedestrians to cross without much delay. Their presence should also make other road users more aware and careful, possibly helping to enforce the speed limit.
We also agree with the footway build out opposite Belsize Park station.
We are concerned about the right turn lanes for entry into England’s Lane, Antrim Grove and Steele’s Road: given the road width they will push cars going straight to the left, conflicting with bicycles going fast downhill. At present when a car needs to turn right it generally blocks the lane leaving no space for another car to overtake from the left and leaving cyclists to do so safely. This existing situation may also help to reduce speed in the road.
We do not agree with an overall increase in car parking. In fact, the introduction of a shared us bay just encourages more people to drive to the area instead of using more sustainable transport modes.
Only one pelican (at Aspern Grove) converted to zebra.
They are going ahead with introducing right turn lanes England’s Lane, Antrim Grove and Steele’s Road even though we objected. Works start 13 Feb 2012.