Over the 18 months since the new tracks opened in Royal College Street, the armadillos have deteriorated, becoming rather grey and lacking visibility and some have become dislodged.
Camden Council tells us that Cyclehoop has agreed to supply new armadillos for the whole street free of charge because the bolts they supplied were not the right ones and the white reflective bands were not installed properly and have become badly faded and difficult to see at night.
This work will require a three day closure starting on Monday 16th February with northbound side first. Note 26th February: they have all been replaced without bothering anyone and look good.
As we all know, careless drivers have run into some of the planters. Camden will introduce the following measures to discourage this carelessness:
– a solid white line on the outside of the planters to help highlight the line of planters and to discourage parking and encroachment;
– reflective bollards at the start and end of every line of planters to increase protection of the most vulnerable planters;
In addition, further temporary protection in the section adjacent to National Grid works to benefit both pedestrians and cyclists
Some new planters are on order to improve the northern end of the northbound track. In the meantime, water-filled barriers will be used as a temporary measure.