Can anyone make sense of this?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Armegatron, 7 May 2010.

  1. Armegatron

    Armegatron Active Member

  2. Hmmmm

    I'm confused as to where the left turn arrow actually is?

    TECHNICALLY......would it be legal to continue through a red light if the junction was clear since it looks possible (just) to cross the "give way" lines of the cycle lane in front of the solid stop line of the traffic light?
  3. OP

    Armegatron Active Member

    The left turn arrow is on the left hand traffic light. The traffic light on the right is green (straight) and right arrow. The whole lot all go on at the same time though and they have used the arrows to indicate that nothing (should) be coming towards them as they are the only traffic with a green. I think that makes sense, although reading it back Im not sure ;)
  4. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

    That's weird signals then. Not at all standard !
  5. rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    Contact the council & ask them to clarify.

    TBH, it looks like another piece of bad planning.
  6. quidditys_shore

    quidditys_shore Senior Member

    ahhhhh marton crossroads ;)

    i think it'd be easier to wait for the lights to go red then move into the cycle part (& for that sign to be removed!)

    why do you need to go right? off for a picnic at stewarts park?! :smile:
  7. OP

    Armegatron Active Member

    Im normally nipping along at a fair speed down to hill towards the lights so I never bother with the cycle lane & just move with the traffic, it was just last time sat in the ASL I noticed it didnt have any filter for a bike to enter it and then notced the sign. Looked at the councils website and it looks like they are going to do some work all the way up Marton road.

    Bit to windy for a pinic though :smile:
  8. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    It looks like the cycle lane is an add-on that doesn't fit, designed by someone who doesn't cycle. Bit like a motorway junction designed by a cyclist who doesn't drive?
  9. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Bit like Blackfriars Bridge you mean.
  10. OP

    Armegatron Active Member

    Reply from Middlesbrough Council:

    I received an email from our contact centre this morning from yourself with regard to the ASL at Marton/Ladgate lane cross Roads. I have had a look on google maps Street view, and from my own knowledge can confirm that the sign that you refer to is not related to the ASL.

    The sign here relates to the left-hand turn lane for vehicles on Stokesley Road. If there are pedestrians using the pelican crossing on Ladgate Lane (crossing from near the petrol station towards Marton Manor), a sensor stops the traffic flowing left until the road is clear for vehicles to use. Hence the 'wait here for left turn arrow' sign.

    The off carriage cycle path along Stokesley Road ends with a give way sign into the ASL at the traffic lights. Cyclists must only enter the ASL if it is clear to do so, hence the give way markings. The ASL is in place to allow cyclists to get in front of the waiting traffic at the lights, not when the traffic is flowing. The ASL helps to perform manoeuvres such as the right turn onto Ladgate lane as you suggest. If the traffic is not flowing, cyclists can get into the ASL and position themselves in anticipation of the lights changing and the manoeuvre to be completed when the traffic lights allow so.

    I hope that this has helped to clear up any confusion, however if you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact myself via email or the address/phone number below.


  11. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    No legal way to get into the ASL whilst on the road.
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