The currently signed cycle route between the Railway station and seafront is proposed to get some physical adjustments to make the cycle route better. Unfortunately nearly all of the cycle route is mixed traffic running along through route residential streets with cycle symbols drawn on the carriageway. However there are new parallel crossings proposed and a section of bi-directional cycle track.
Most of the route is of poor quality, where removal of parking could of resulted in a bi-directional segregated cycle route, instead the option to retaining parking and mixing traffic was chosen instead.
The plans are open for consultation from the 16th August to the 24th September if you wish to make your comments.
Some sections have been removed if there is nothing of interest to note.
Lack of segregation from motor vehicles
Most of the route shares space with motor vehicles, segregation is possible along the route by removing parking bays on one side of the road. Where there are cycle lanes they are only advisory and usually 1.5m wide.
Turning pockets that are usable for all vehicles show the cycle symbol which may cause confusion. Also around Meads road it is only 1m wide which is not sufficient at all and could be wider since they are narrowing the carriageway here.
Dismount outside station
Having to dismount to use the route outside the station isn’t great. It is possible to remove one of the lanes on Terminus road and provide a bi-directional 3m lane instead.
Widening the Highway at Wilmington Square
The bi-directional cycle track at Wilmington Square removing about 1m of the square could be avoided by either removing the parking, or by making the track one-way as a contraflow with cycles using the main carriageway in the other direction.
Parallel crossing on King Edward’s Parade
The parallel crossing has a narrow cycle crossing part which could cause issues for cyclists travelling in opposite directions. Could be widened to be sufficient width. Also zig zag markings overlap marked parking bays.
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