London Road- A BaNES First

London Road has been a long running saga and although the design is poor particularly by keeping polluting cars close to pedestrians and honestly if we had the money, I’d start with fixing the junctions either side, ANYWAY, good things are happening with the installation of Orcas and wands to protect the cycle lane. The build out is being reshaped to allow you to continue through it.

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Work has started today and will be complete in the next couple of weeks.

It’s good to see protected cycle lanes being built using orcas

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PS: London Road still needs a redesign with an east protected cycle lane but for now this is really good to see.

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One thought on “London Road- A BaNES First”

  1. Adam, I’d agree with your sentiments: welcome the positive, don’t give up on the negative. The Highway Engineers presumably realise that for every cyclist coming into Bath from the East there is likely to be one leaving Bath the same day. But with two lanes for traffic coming in and only one for traffic headed East, cycling out of Bath along the London Road is a particularly hazardous exercise, with three stretches each with their different lack of concern for cyclists.
    First, the stretch From the Cleveland Bridge junction to the Morrison’s traffic lights has been made very unfriendly to cyclists since the engineers found space for a giant central reservation treescape as you approach the Esso garage, leaving no space for a cyclist to pass stationery traffic. Presumably the Engineers expect cyclists to stop behind the vehicle in front of them, inhaling the exhaust.
    Secondly, from Morrison’s to the traffic light T-junction with the old A46, traffic leaving Bath now backs up the London Road far more than it ever did, endangering cyclists all the way because there is no cycle space. This hazardous stretch of road ends in an advanced stop line (ASL) at the lights, with a painted white bicycle in a box. This sanctuary would be most welcome if there were a safe way to get to the ASL by overtaking stationery vehicular traffic. I have never managed to get there past backing up traffic due to the lack of space.
    Finally, you are faced with the climb up to the roundabout meeting the new A46 and Batheaston bypass. This was always an unpleasant stretch of road for cycling, having to inhale copious exhaust from two lanes of heavy traffic ascending the hill. Now it must also be one of the most dangerous stretches of road for cyclists in the Bath area: this three-lane highway has been altered to give one lane for traffic going up and two lanes for the vehicles descending towards Bath – the opposite of what I thought was standard practice: to allow a lane for overtaking slow vehicles (or cyclists) on steep hills. Cyclists must rely on drivers of large vehicles being patient and not trying to overtake them if there is oncoming traffic – there simply is not room. I regularly experience vehicles close enough to cause a wobble from their slipstream. The uneven road surface on this stretch is additionally unhelpful.

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