We welcome the extensions of the 20mph limit throughout the area, making it easier for everyone to know the speed limit in any road.
Safety scheme for Waterloo Road
The provision of an advisory cycle lane in this stretch will not help cycling from St Augustines to Angel Road as we believe that the problem comes from the stretch of clear road and traffic accelerating away from the traffic lights towards the next one. The problem with an advisory cycle lane is that vehicles will either travel in it or unexpectedly move into it when another large vehicle is travelling in the opposite direction. Also experience shows (and there is some evidence) that cars travel closer to cyclists where there is a line in the road, also cyclists are more likely to travel closer to the kerb if there is a line and thereby inviting more risky overtaking by vehicles. Overall, we do not think that this will make cycling safer along this stretch of road, some traffic calming is needed.
We welcome the extension of yellow lines improving sight lines. We also welcome the two one way cycle lanes with a kerb separating the footpath and the cycle path. We would like to see the surface and ramps improved and some thought given to pedestrian desire lines, especially around the entrance to the park. Also the space between bollards should be at least 1.5m.
We support the raised platform and two zebra crossings, because while a signalised toucan crossing has the advantage of compelling vehicles to stop by traffic lights, we think that the option of two crossings will work better within the new 20mph limit, to improve the safety of the whole junction, instead of drivers concentrating on the toucan lights. This should provide an incentive to slow down coming from St Augustines, in the stretch where there have been cycling casualties as well as offering some protection for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Waterloo Road into Shipstone Road. This option also keeps cyclists and pedestrians from being in conflict, both using narrow pavements with tight corners.
Because this crossing for cycles is on road, benefitting from the raised table, but crossing the main route for vehicles along Waterloo Road, we think that a ‘cycle path’ should be painted across the junction to Shipstone Road to alert drivers to crossing cyclists.
We welcome the replacement of the speed cushions with much more cycle-friendly sinusoidal humps and the extension of the 20mph limit. We also welcome the speed table at the junction with Elm Grove Lane and Philadelphia Lane especially as the speed humps in Catton Grove Road near these junction are too near the kerb and too steep for comfortable cycling.
We also think that there maybe a problem with commuter parking near the Angel Road junction with Waterloo Road.