Priority over side roads

This article was published in 2003, in Newsletter 47.

A subgroup of interested members has started the process of creating a new position paper provisionally called Priority over side roads which will describe best and worst practice. This will cover our views on how best to cater for cyclists when crossing side roads, whether on segregated off-road cycle tracks, pavement-area tracks such as shared-use paths, or on-road cycle lanes.

Our position papers (which are available on request or on the website) are an attempt to summarise the views of the Campaign in an accessible and concise format, so that we don’t have to keep repeating ourselves in consultations to which we respond – that’s the theory, at least! Interestingly, the draft of the County Council’s new Design Guide (described in this article) mentions our position papers in its appendix of items used in the drafting process, which is encouraging.

priority markings
Getting rid of this kind of arrangement is long overdue.

As well as dovetailing with general issues about how best to provide for cyclists, the paper will also discuss types of provision for cyclists not as yet used in Cambridge but which are common on the Continent, such as partially-segregated ‘hybrid’ cycle lanes, which are on-road but segregated from other traffic by some sort of physical dividing line which then disappears at crossings. We will be investigating whether such provision might be applicable to Cambridge and what the pros and cons of this might be.

Two meetings of the subgroup have been held, and more will be held in the coming months, following the production of a draft in late April. Meetings will be listed on our website, or contact us if you’d like to be notified of the next date.

The following position papers are also in the pipeline:

  • Obstructions
  • Exceptions at traffic lights
  • Traffic calming
  • Responsible, legal cycling.

Again, input or help from members would be extremely welcome. Please do come along to any subgroup meetings if you’re interested.

Martin Lucas-Smith