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Priority workshop

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Presentation on priority for cycling, for the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain AGM in Leicester, 2015

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Priority workshop

  1. 1. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain 1) What forms of priority can we give cycling already?
  2. 2. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Side roads
  3. 3. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain What is important to get right? • Clear visual priority • Certainty • Continuity of cycleway (no kerb lines, tactile paving, etc) • Different colour? • Markings • Geometry • Limited turning movements for motor traffic
  4. 4. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain A Dutch example with all these properties
  5. 5. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain No space for 'set back' distance - • Continuity still important • Two-way cycling not advisable • Track should be at raised level • Tight geometry for turning traffic • Restrict motor traffic movements – one-way on entry/exit (and combine with filtered permeability) • Or – close altogether •
  6. 6. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Another Dutch example
  7. 7. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Combining with continuous footway would help (but can we get it right?)
  8. 8. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Avoid at all costs - mixed messages!
  9. 9. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain What's gone wrong here?
  10. 10. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Priority at major junctions - roundabouts
  11. 11. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Priority at major junctions – roundabouts Can we do this? Should we do this?
  12. 12. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Technically possible.
  13. 13. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain … But unpromising/uncertain efforts so far ('tiger' crossing?)
  14. 14. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain And better to leave safety in the hands of the person cycling at roundabouts anyway?
  15. 15. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Non-priority roundabout • Priority for motor traffic • But bi-directional paths, allowing shortest route around roundabout (or bypassing it entirely) • Single lane crossings, with adequate refuge • Good sightlines
  16. 16. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Priority at signalised junctions Separation of turning movements with signals
  17. 17. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain But what if there's 'no space'? Simultaneous green?
  18. 18. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Do we need a rule change to allow ped/cycle crossings ahead on green, with a turning green for motor traffic? • Would make junctions more efficient • But needs to be designed for carefully, with Dutch 'set back' approach
  19. 19. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain But if even Dutch drivers need to be warned, is this something that's advisable in Britain (straight away?)
  20. 20. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain But... many existing ways we can design priority for cycling. Why isn't it happening? • Lack of confidence? • Technical knowledge? • No (or limited) guidance? • Genuine legal problems? • Something else? 'British culture'?
  21. 21. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain What (if anything) needs to change? What would be helpful? Rule changes? Cycling (and walking) ahead on green being given priority over turning traffic on green? Simplified (changed?) road markings? Sharks teeth? Elephants footprints?
  22. 22. Cycling Embassy of Great Britain Finally... This isn't just about cycling. Priority benefits walking too. Visual priority for crossing side streets. Also can increase amount of crossing time given to walking at signalised junctions.

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