Fantastic Cycle Lane Design!

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by thomas, 21 Apr 2010.

  1. In the Rotherham area: Cycle Lane = Road Narrowing Method.

    Meadowbank Road - Wider islands, wider hash markings, cycle lane in one direction only.

    Brampton Bierlow - Wider islands, road humps, bus laybys filled in (so the bus blocks the lane), cycle lanes less than 100m long. I'll not mention the £47,000.00 bit of metal plate they call a sculpture!

    To me a cycle lane is a waste of paint, designed to further restrict cyclists as legitimate road users. As a road user I demand the same rights and considerations regardless of whether I'm riding my bike or driving my 200bhp coupe.
    It's up to those who don't experience both sides to learn how to work with the other or take the bus (and block the road at every Rotherham bus stop).
     
  2. steve30

    steve30 Über Member

    Nigel-YZ1, regarding cycle lanes in Rotherham, I'd say Broom Lane is the worst one. Ever since it was painted in the early part of the last decade (2002 ish?), there have always been cars parked in it, making it unusable.

    I believe that was part of some 'Traffic Calming Measures', which included spikey bits of pavement and bus stops opposite each other.

    The one on High Street in Maltby isn't much better either as it is quite thin and is very close to parked cars.
     
  3. orbiter

    orbiter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    That's the whole point of the 'advisory' cycle lane. They work excellently on minor roads in Holland. And they help teach drivers how much space they should give to bikes.
     
  4. Riverman

    Riverman Über Member

    Location:
    Sur de Inglaterra
  5. AnotherEye

    AnotherEye Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North London
    No lane for cyclists coming in the other direction?
     
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I think the wide cycle lane is for slow-moving cyclists going uphill. Hopefully, the cyclists coming down the hill would be travelling at nearer the speed of the traffic.
     
  7. matthew

    matthew Senior Member

    No it is spot on, if there is no cyclist you are allowed to drive in it, but if there is a cyclist using the lane you must use the oncoming lane to perform a safe overtake.
     
  8. DavieB

    DavieB MIA

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Is that the same rule for the blue boxes in front of the stopline for cars?
     
  9. AnotherEye

    AnotherEye Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North London
    No, even if there are no cyclists in the 'boxes', motor vehicles should not stop ahead of the main stop line (I think the fine is 60 pounds, bring it on). There are circumstances whereby they are exempt (Lights change when they are in that position and unsafe to move forward?).
     
  10. OK until a bus is at the bus stop! Then you are out into the traffic.
     
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