Make Avon Crescent safe for pedestrians, cyclists and runners
My idea is to completely close off Avon Crescent (which comprises part of The Harbourside Walk) to all motor traffic. The alternative route at this end of the Harbour is through Underfall Yard, but Underfall Yard closes at dusk when many runners and cyclists are circumnavigating the Harbour. It is also closed sometimes during the day for health and safety reasons, as it is a working boatyard.
Why the contribution is important
There is a Metrobus planning proposal to make Avon Crescent one way to motor vehicles, but the motor traffic lane will run adjacent to a narrow walkway. Pedestrians, parents with buggies, runners and cyclists will continue to have to dodge each other (and lamposts) by entering the motor traffic lane. There are proposals to 'psychologically' calm traffic, but many are sceptical that these will work as Avon Crescent is such an entrenched 'rat run'.
Under the current planning proposal, pedestrians disembarking Metrobus at The Create Centre, and cyclists/runners using the proposed new passage under the Cumberland Road bridge (currently a boat storage area) will have to try to cross Avon Crescent without the benefit of anything like a 'pelican' or signalled crossing. The simple solution to all the safety issues and cost of 'traffic calming' would be to close Avon Crescent to motor traffic so that the heritage crescent can be appreciated properly as part of our historic docks.
At the moment Avon Crescent is closed to motor traffic due to flooding, and the traffic seems to be flowing quite freely. Avon Crescent should be for pedestrians, cyclists and runners (after all it is part of 'The Harbourside Walk'. The Cumberland Road parallel with it should be for motor traffic, with the lane behind that for the new Metrobuses.
by user385140 on January 05, 2014 at 12:29PM