Cycling Cities infrastructure evening

This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 127.

Photo: Greater Manchester County Council
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7 June 2016

Camcycle’s June monthly meeting saw Mike Davies, Cycling Projects team leader at Cambrigeshire County Council, along with his counterparts Korak Van Turl (Transport for London), Andy Middleton (Birmingham city council) and Dominic Smith (Transport for Greater Manchester), discuss projects and proposals for improvements in cycling infrastructure.

Highlights included lower-down traffic signals at cyclist’s eye level in London, Birmingham’s council give-away of 4,000 bikes to people from deprived communities and Greater Manchester’s construction of the largest application of light segregation in the UK, 2.6 miles of protected arterial cycle lanes using ‘Armadillos’.

These low-profile cycle lane delineators are used in hundreds of major towns and cities across Europe and America as a relatively quick and cheap way of creating light segregation. Made from recycled tyres, they are safer for cyclists in the event of a crash, whilst also minimising damage to the underside of a vehicle when driven over, accidently or in an emergency. They are bolted into the ground and spaced out so that cyclists can enter or exit the cycle lanes as needed.

Dominic Smith explained that, in the Greater Manchester scheme, narrow protective islands, or ‘splitter islands’, are positioned at the beginning of each section of light segregation and at regular intervals along them. Made from pre-cast rubber and each with two 0.8m high poles, these provide a visible line of sight for general traffic. These islands define a 0.4m ‘buffer zone’ at the centre of which are the Armadillos, placed in an in-line arrangement following the alignment of the splitter island poles.

Sarah Rodger

Further information on the Manchester scheme including cycle lane width and road markings: