Windsor Road traffic calming

This article was published in 2007, in Newsletter 73.

Cycle hostile traffic calming: a cycle bypass would have been so easy.
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The Campaign twice objected to the design of this new traffic calming when it was proposed. Our objection was ignored by the designer of the scheme, and by some Councillors on the Area Joint Committee, with only the Labour councillors agreeing with the points we made in the objection.

The eventual scheme is as cycle-hostile as we expected, as the pictures, kindly submitted by a member of the public to our on-line Photomap, show.

The problem we outlined is the way that cyclists are likely to be forced into conflict with oncoming vehicles. This design flouts the guidance in too many official publications to list here, and will lead to thoughtless drivers placing cyclists at risk by not giving way, and to cyclists appearing to be deliberately getting in the way of motorists.

Traffic calming is of course entirely appropriate for an area like this, particularly when it shuts off a rat run, with the highly desirable result of reducing traffic. However, the design could have been modified to provide a cycle bypass as we proposed, either in the centre of the road, with a very visible cycle lane provided, or at the edge of the road.

The scheme designers were clearly aware of this problem, as they initially proposed a means for cyclists to ‘hop onto the pavements’ either side of the pinch point. We objected to this, as this is exactly the sort of mixed messages that result in illegal pavement use, and such cycle bypasses are not a correct response to a fundamentally dangerous design in the first place.

Should a collision with a cyclist occur, lawyers acting for a cyclist will be very welcome to contact us or to read our letters of objection available on our website.

A separate small improvement nearby is the removal of the bollards creating pinch points on the alleyway between Windsor Road and Warwick Road.

The photographs and our letters are online at www.camcycle.org.uk/map/gallery/14/.

Martin Lucas-Smith