Re-design of Cycle Lanes
Many of Bristol's cycle lanes are important additions to the streetscape, allowing cyclists to get in front of traffic at junctions and to avoid contact with vehicles on busy roads.
As is well known, these lanes are frequently blocked by cars and vans driving or parking in the lanes. Whilst this may be for a short time, this can cause severe inconvenience and danger as cyclists swerve into the main traffic lane to avoid such blockages.
In the current financial climate, a simple re-design of the exisiting lanes would act as a cost-efficient 'soft' measure to significantly deter motorists from entering the lane.
I propose the installation of rumble strips or 'french style ridges' as recently proposed by Transport for London - see page 13, 'the Mayors Vision for Cycling in London' in certain key cycle lanes.
As an example, the northbound cycle lane on Stokes Croft road allows cyclists to bypass a busy section, and the width has recently been increased to around 1.5 metres following a re-surfacing. However, it is frequently and indesriminately parked in by cars in the evenings, forcing cyclists to swerve in the main traffic lane and avoid hazards such as opening doors and people walking around the car.
However, care should be taken to ensure that the lanes subjected to rumble strips or similar are of sufficient width, as evidence shows that narrow lanes can impede cycle safety.
Why the contribution is important
Certain cycle lanes along key commutor routes provide clear incentives for cycling against driving, and offer safer filter lanes to improve safety at junctions.
Improving the safety of cycle lanes with soft measures, along with the reassurance that cycle lanes are less likely to be blocked, should encourage more cycling amongst a wider demographic, including the young and elderly whilst reducing journey times and inconvenice both for cyclist and motorists.
by user608137 on November 28, 2013 at 10:47PM