LB Camden proposes the following in conjunction with the new Swiss Cottage academy school:
– Construct new signalised pelican crossing on Adelaide Road between Avenue Road and Winchester Road. This will be in two stages, with a large refuge island in the centre of the road.
– Remove the existing 3 Pay & Display parking bays and 2 Car Club bays located on Adelaide Road outside the Leisure Centre will need to be removed.
– Widen the footway on the south side of Adelaide Road beside the new crossing facility.
This is in conjunction with improving the pedestrian facilities and adding “countdown” at the junction of Adelaide Road with Winchester Road, where Transport for London will be upgrading the signals.
Approximate road widths would be as follows:
North side: 4m over 1 lane
South side: 6.9m, over 2 lanes
This consultation from Camden Camden Council proposes a new two-stage signalised pelican crossing on Adelaide Road between Avenue Road and Winchester Road, together with associated measures.
I am writing on behalf of Camden Cycling Campaign, the local borough group of London Cycling Campaign (LCC). We have over 600 members and represent the interests of cyclists living or working in the borough of Camden. We consulted our members by email on this issue and this response reflects the views of the membership.
We are in favour of a new signalised pedestrian crossing to help the children cross the road safely to the new school. However we are surprised that the children will be expected to wait in the middle of the road. In addition, the two-phase crossing of Adelaide Road will be difficult for cyclists to use, including any children cycling to school. A single stage crossing would have been preferable.
We’re not sure that the removal of the five parking bays is sufficient; there are usually many more vehicles parked on that side of Adelaide Road (sometimes coaches), as shown here. The plan does not show how many parking bays will remain. The danger is that any remaining parking will create a nasty “chicane” effect for east-bound cyclists approaching the central reservation.
We note that the bus stop on the south side of Adelaide Road is going to be moved towards the junction with Harley Road. Buses currently stop in the space which is going to used for the pavement widening, which means that they normally don’t block the inside traffic lane, which they will now do, also very close to the junction, which will make it difficult for cyclists heading westward from King Henry’s Road / Harley Road.
Please send us a dimensioned drawing so that we can evaluate whether there is any risk of pinch points between the central island and the extended kerb.