Keynsham High Street One Way System

Letter sent to Cllr Shelford (Transport), Cllr Goodman (Environment) and Keynsham Cllrs Hale, O’Brien, Organ, Gerrish, and Simmons as well as key officers.
Dear Councillors and Officers,

The attached picture was taken this morning.

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It is very clear that paint does not and will not prevent this type of behaviour that endangers residents that want to cycle.
I think there is an opportunity to ensure that the design protects all vulnerable road users while designing in good space for cycle traffic.
Vauxhall Street, London was successfully upgraded and I think the same design can be used in Keynsham High Street.
A video of the scheme is available here:
If we want to create an environment that tackles car dependency then we need to ensure that we design infrastructure that enables kids to cycle to school. Paint simply will not cut it.
Please be aware that there is a moratorium on flat “shared space” issued by the DfT (mainly due to schemes like Kingsmead Seven Dials) and that grade separation will be needed between the cycle track and the footway.
I hope that the BaNES Active Travel and Accessibility Forum (ATAF) will be heavily involved with the design and, particularly, that any concerns the RNIB raise are treated with the utmost importance.
I also want to ask that nobody is ‘surprised’ by the type of design the members of ATAF will be pushing for. It must be visibly safe for a parent to allow their 8 year old to cycle it independently. We need to enable cycling and stop just promoting cycling.
If you want to read further on this approach, please see TfL’s Vision Zero Plan https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-security/road-safety/vision-zero-for-london and why this is critical to tackling car dependency, congestion, air pollution, and getting residents walking and cycling.
I really hope this is useful.
Regards,
Adam Reynolds

 

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7 thoughts on “Keynsham High Street One Way System”

  1. Is that a Blue Badge in the car? For me this picture illustrates that the current situation is not working for either cyclists or the disabled. There should be no conflict – improved cyclepaths aid mobility scooter usage, and slowing down or removing cars make access for the disabled easier in general.

    1. THis happens multiple times every day. You will note the empty car parking space on the right of the picture. Pure laziness and given the cycle lane operates in the opposite direction to the motorised traffic it is just plain dangerous.

      1. I think we need to remember that some Blue Badge users have such poor mobility that parking on the other side of the road would be a serious problem. It may, for example, take them a long time to get out of their vehicle – with the driver’s door opening into traffic in this context. Blue Badge users can even park legally on double yellow lines because of such issues – something that they need to use responsibly of course. I therefore remain reluctant to condemn the individual concerned without further evidence.

    1. I absolutely got that Adam – I was responding to Mark. To be constructive, I would like to see something similar to the Widcombe Parade scheme in Bath, but modified to make the cycle path more distinct from the pedestrian area. For those not familiar with it, the cars are forced to weave between limited parking on both sides, thus slowing them down without the use of speed bumps, which if I understood correctly are not idea from an environmental perspective.

      1. You are, of course, free to your opinion to be honest I am not after your condemnation of the act. The facts however are that this happens multiple times each day – and in this particular example the car driver rather spritley went over to the Greggs and returned. Disabled drivers can not park on cycle paths see page 21 of this: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/638526/blue-badge-rights-responsibilities.pdf

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