London's new cycle tracks
Campaigning by members of LCC's specialist engineering group has produced a new design of segregation optimised for cycling. For the motorist the kerb looks as unfriendly as before and they tend to stay out...
...but for the cyclist the wedge shape means more space to pedal, overtake (with the camber optimised for this) and if need be to leave the track where there is an obstruction, as there is here at the end while construction works continue. It gives about 0.5m space for no extra cost or size as not only can you ride directly next to the partition without your pedals hitting it, you can actually ride on. As you can see the surfacing is not yet finished.
Close-up of the separating wedge on Bunhill Row, which can either have concrete or tiles in the middle.
The new junction is a massive improvement on the old one (see next photos). No one has absolute priority so everyone slows down to about 10mph when going through the junction. It's very safe as a result. This is more a continental priority to the right system than a roundabout as junction is so small.
How it was before: the cycle route did not have priority over the other residential road at a difficult dog-leg junction. Worse still, the cycle lanes were in the wrong place as cyclists turning right should not be on the left side of the road.
Just down the road, the cycle route (running from the bridge up the hill ahead) has been given greater priority with this new roundabout. While it's a bit bigger, drivers still stay at slow speeds.
A busier road and this time two mini-roundabouts turn what would be a difficult right then left turn into something easy for cyclists. It's too large to have it all raised on a table but the raised zebra crossing force all traffic to adopt appropriate speeds.
It's always green for cycles in York! A cycle lane continues on the left side of the stopped car allowing cycles to proceed through the arch. Motor vehicles must wait for the signals to change to go round. This traffic signal requires special authorisation from the DfT because it's still not an officially approved design.
Pavement bay parking in Camden keeps vehicles loading and parking off the main carriageway during the week while it becomes a pavement for pedestrians during the busy weekend market. By narrowing the road down it reduces the temptation to speed and allows cycles to stay in the same position without having to keep on overtaking parked vehicles while being squeezed by other vehicles overtaking.
Proposed cycle stand for historic parts of the City. A bar in the middle could be added to make it easier to lock the cycle to the stand.
Attractive covered cycle parking in an historic part of Worcester