The County Council, as part of the Cycle City Ambition 2 grant to improve cycling provision along the Yellow Pedalway, plans to make the roundabout at Catton Grove Road smaller. It also plans wider, shared use pavements around the roundabout creating ‘tiger crossings’ on each road, then making the cyclist fight for their place back into the traffic on the other side. The whole length of Catton Grove Road would be 20mph up to Angel Road.
Do you use this junction? What do you think of the plans? Norwich Cycling Campaign thinks that it could increase the speed of traffic crossing the roundabout, create conflicts with pedestrians and make yet another situation where cycles are allowed on what is effectively pavement for pedestrians. We believe cycle commuters will not see the point of using this shared pavement so will more likely stay on the carriageway to cross the junction, diminishing the purpose of investment for cycling as a real transport alternative for all.
Pedestrian crossings are needed, but has the 20mph zone and speed cushions recently installed already help to improve the area for walking and cycling? Will this be again a waste of cycling money?
We measured the cars contravening the bus gate on Catton Grove Road banning vehicles into the city except, buses, taxis and cycles from 7.30am until 9.00am. Between 8.22 and 9.02am 192 cars ignored this ban. Just a bit of enforcement would lower the risk to cyclists at peak time in the mornings without an expensive rebuilding of the roundabout.
If the roundabout is to be rebuilt, we would like to to see quality cycling infrastructure in the shape of ‘dutch style’ roundabout where cyclists have separate space and priority over the crossings.
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