New threat to London Road Cycle Path

I have taken Bryn’s rather good email about the situation and put it here. Over 1500 people fought to have a segregated cycle lane in place, now the council want to create a shared space solution creating conflict between people walking and cycling along London Road.

Nigel Sherwin, Dick Daniels, Bryn Jones and myself have been fighting a rear guard action for months trying to get information out of the council.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. IF YOU WALK OR CYCLE ALONG LONDON ROAD THESE CHANGES MASSIVELY IMPACT YOU.

The Council have now proposed changes (see Executive Forward Plan Reference E2820) which we feel will be detrimental to  encouraging cycling and could force cyclists onto the narrowest 3 lane section of the road near the Cleveland place Junction. The foreword plan doesn’t attach the plans in the appendices, which does not seem very open form of consultation.  One has to either visit the One Stop Shop or ask for an E mail copy from the officer noted on E2820, but these are shown below along with the details in Bryn Jones’s E mail to concerned cyclists.  One major problem has been the Council’s failure to put up loading notices in the 2 loading bays thus allowing 24hour unrestricted parking since June, to detriment of both traders and residents, but this failure should not be a reason for penalising those wishing to cycle. – Nigel Sherwin

Bryn’s Email

Please act soon to object to new proposals to reduce the off-road cycle lane on the south side of London Road leading to the Cleveland Place junction!

(Last date for responses is  15th January !!)

Prior to 2004 when parking bays were first introduced the cycle lane was unrestricted.

In 2014 the ‘Gateway’ scheme proposed removing the lane completely.

In our campaign to prevent removal 1500 people signed a petition to keep the cycle path.

Eventually a compromise was agreed with BaNES whereby the lane would be retained and slightly extended in return for extra parking elsewhere and limited loading periods of 15 minutes.

Please write/email to: transportation@bathnes.gov.uk making sure you copy to:

Louise Fradd <Louise_Fradd@bathnes.gov.uk>, Andy Coles <Andy_Coles@bathnes.gov.uk>, “Anthony Clarke (Cllr)” <anthony_clarke@bathnes.gov.uk>

citing A4 London Road Redevelopment Works- Executive Forward Plan Reference E2820

Please ask for:

1) Retention of the cycle lane as a designated cycle path.

2) No parking allowed in the bays between 7am and 9am Mon-Sat.

3) Removal of pedestrian side clutter that forces people to walk into the path of cyclists.

4) Clearer demarcation of the cycle path and the footpath.

If you wish, please also make use of some or all of the information and relevant points below.

Best wishes and Happy New Year

Bryn Jones

Chair Transition Larkhall

 A4 London Road Redevelopment Works- Executive Forward Plan Reference E2820 Example Complaint letter:

I wish to object to the proposals to make the cycle path into a dual use path and to the proposal that there should be either parking and/or loading in the two bays at Walcot Terrace 24 hours a day, as set out on drawing number MPLONPRE/TRO/4. The reasons for objection are as follows:

  1. The completed Gateway Project work identifies one path for cyclists and one for pedestrians, although this is currently far from being adequately marked. The proposed design for  “Dual Use” is likely to cause conflict between pedestrians and cyclists; increasing the likelihood of accidents between them.
  2. The design of the two traffic sign posts forces pedestrians into the cycle path,  made worse by an advertising A board often under one of the signs.
  3. The original proposals (as approved ‘Gateway scheme’, Ackerman drawing AIS060/02/01 rev.03) restricted the times of the two loading bays, keeping them  clear of vehicles in morning and evening peak hours for people to cycle. Under the current proposals vehicles can use both these bays at any time thus forcing cyclists into the path of pedestrians.
  4. Vehicles parked in the bays will dissuade some cyclists from using the pavement level cycle lane, making them travel instead on this heavily trafficked London Road at its narrowest part near to a very busy junction, with dangerous  HGVs. Others will use the cycle lane but will have to cycle around the parked vehicle on the main pavement as there is no safe alternative.
  5. The proposals contradict agreed Council policy in Getting Around Bath Transport Strategy: ‘That cycling be promoted through better cycling routes with appropriate infrastructure where needed, building a cycling culture for people of all abilities’. Policy GABP5 (see also GABP1, GABA7, GABAA8 & GABA9and section 3.6)
  6. The new proposals in E2820 are likely to adversely impact on safety for both cyclists and pedestrians and would normally be subject to an independent Safety Audit. It is not clear whether this has been done for the works completed in 2015. Please inform me when the safety audit will be done, or, if it has been ruled out, the reason for this decision.
  7. Air pollution problem on London Road has long exceeded WHO and EU limits. As the council has stated that the current 2.6% cycling level, if increased to 8% would reduce congestion by 16%. Why prioritise four parking/loading spaces over the health and well being of travellers and residents by making it harder to cycle?
  8. Can you give assurances that at no point in the future will the police prosecute cyclists for pavement cycling on this section?

 

Details of the proposed changes are shown below:

PDFS of the drawings MPLONPRE-TRO-3 MPLONPRE-TRO-4

Parking bay issues are as follows:

  • One parking bay to be unlimited residents parking 7pm-7am.
  • One parking bay will allow loading for up to one hour; the other for half an hour anytime 7am to 7pm . (The parking bay, with the 1hour restriction, is also the one at the narrowest section of the pavement.)

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 13.11.36

The on pavement cycle path is being replaced by a shared pavement:

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 13.12.06

There are also traffic signs which force pedestrians into the cycle lane:

The  current design does not designate the cycle path clearly to pedestrians and cyclists.

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