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by Pete Owens
4 Apr 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?
Replies: 86
Views: 3570

Re: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?

I don't see the problem. Just go round him, taking the lane. Carry on with your day. :) He is entitled to be there, just doing his, at times, difficult, job. and if you can’t take the lane https://twitter.com/jfparis/status/1113361405468655616?s=20 Yet another example of the problems that that are ...
by Pete Owens
1 Apr 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?
Replies: 86
Views: 3570

Re: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?

The times you are allowed to park there are shown on this sign: https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B033'02.8%22N+0%C2%B006'33.0%22W/@51.5506299,-0.1093324,3a,15y,58.7h,93.61t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sm6TgyK7xJQ66_aTPXUhKqw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48761ba02c403d65:0x28c30ee5f70a16c8!2sSal...
by Pete Owens
27 Mar 2019, 3:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A red rag to the motoring lobby
Replies: 100
Views: 6486

Re: A red rag to the motoring lobby

Presumably all those who have spent the last 20 years whinging that speed cameras are just a method of extracting cash from motorists will be loudly proclaiming their support for this technology that will bring this revenue stream to an end.
by Pete Owens
26 Mar 2019, 1:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

like this https://www.google.no/maps/@59.9217884,10.6880889,3a,75y,260.8h,66.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJkpAICRddwVXRjuIyXEQHg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Well I suppose if you start off with an 8-lane carriageway with a modest volume of traffic you can allocate 2 lanes for trams + 2 lanes for islands + 2 lane...
by Pete Owens
26 Mar 2019, 9:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

Stepping off a bus into a live traffic lane is rather different prospect to crossing half a road.
by Pete Owens
25 Mar 2019, 12:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

For a give way or roundabout it is even more important to get into the correct lane; drivers at the give way line are overwhelmingly paying attention to the road they are trying to join so are likely to fail to notice a bus or cyclist approaching from behind. In this example you can see that the gap...
by Pete Owens
25 Mar 2019, 10:24am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

And what about junctions without traffic lights? Either the bus lane becomes a left-turn lane just before every side road and then starts again, or it needs to be continuous and turning traffic has to give way to traffic in the bus lane. The first is probably safer, especially for cyclists and moto...
by Pete Owens
25 Mar 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

StephenW wrote:
What about bus lanes in the middle of the road, rather than at the kerbside?


Would make getting on and off the bus a bit exciting.
by Pete Owens
22 Mar 2019, 3:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

IMO, an underlying problem in this country is that both elected councillors and highwaymen AKA appointed officials tend to see maximisation of motor traffic capacity as the priority. This often means that provision for cyclists and buses is aimed at getting them out of the road. Indeed - almost all...
by Pete Owens
21 Mar 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

Back to the original subject of controlling lights. Basically it is not possible to provide priority for bus traffic without bus lanes. In order to gain priority, the buses need to be able to overtake the queue and for that they need a separate lane. It really is that simple. If the bus in in the ge...
by Pete Owens
21 Mar 2019, 2:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2954

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

For every problem, there is an answer that is simple, obvious and wrong... and the claim that cycleways increase collision risk depends on some very dodgy statistics. No it depends on basing policy on evidence (and a significant and longstanding body of research at that) - rather than succumbing to...
by Pete Owens
21 Mar 2019, 11:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2954

Re: Cranebridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

Since segregated cycleways are known to dramatically increase the likelihood of collisions at junctions the solution is simple:
Remove the cycleways.
by Pete Owens
20 Mar 2019, 6:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

The one I can think of which goes all the way up to the lights, outside King's Lynn Rail Station, is not available for cycling (and it's not particularly needed, with a 3.5m cycleway next to it). That is not a bus lane that is a bus lay-by - designed to keep buses from interrupting the flow of moto...
by Pete Owens
20 Mar 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus controlled traffic lights
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: Bus controlled traffic lights

As for being overtaken by buses though, my experience is different to your description. That is because in your description you overtake buses stopped at bus stops. If you do that you can end up overtaking and being overtaken by the same bus several times. If I see a bus as I'm approaching a bus st...
by Pete Owens
20 Mar 2019, 2:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lancashire's most dangerous roads for cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 2759

Re: Lancashire's most dangerous roads for cyclists

To reinforce the points others have made, the stats are meaningless unless they are based per km cycled. The A6 and A59 are both long roads that traverse the entire county. Both roads also go right through the centre of Preston so will see a significant volume of cycle commuters. These two roads alm...