Cycling infrastructure good & bad

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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby 661-Pete » 17 Jun 2019, 3:11pm

Mike Sales wrote:That is horrible. Plainly designed to set you up for a close squeeze.
Needless to say I ignore the paintwork. If at all possible, I pass bollards like that in primary position. As every safety-conscious cyclist should...
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Re: Cycling infrastructure (bike lanes are a waste of money)

Postby Vorpal » 19 Jun 2019, 8:08am

mercalia wrote:you've got to laugh?

I imagine the second one is designed to help prevent motorists from hitting the buildings, rather than any provision for cyclists. I think that the bollard is evidence that it has happened previously.
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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby JohnPit » 19 Jun 2019, 5:49pm

They have opened a nice new cycle route in South Birmingham (along the A38 Bristol Road).
Some of it is along the wide central reservation which used to be for trams.
For some reason this 2Km stretch is: "out of use during hours of darkness".
(There are about 20 signs, like this one along it).
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There is street lighting along the road.
There are lamp posts along the cycle lane which aren't yet working.
The parallel River Rea route, about 1Km away, is very dark yet it can be used at night (I do).
Why do they want cyclists to ride in the road at night instead of the much safer cycle path?
(This is my first post here - I hope I have got it right).
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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby mjr » 19 Jun 2019, 5:58pm

PushBikes or the council may know - you could try asking them?

PushBikes seem to like the lanes: http://www.pushbikes.org.uk/content/a34 ... eways-open

Cyclists in the local press don't seem happy with the lack of enforcement to keep them clear: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... s-16406245
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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby Bmblbzzz » 19 Jun 2019, 7:36pm

I suspect arse-covering until the lighting has been "activated". The Staple Hill tunnel on the Bristol-Bath path was faulty back in around 2012 and the signs warning of broken lighting are still up.

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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby horizon » 19 Jun 2019, 9:24pm

JohnPit wrote:They have opened a nice new cycle route in South Birmingham (along the A30 Bristol Road).

(This is my first post here - I hope I have got it right).


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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby brynpoeth » 20 Jun 2019, 5:58am

A38? :wink:
Might be very unpleasant at night, one would be dazzled by vehicle lights
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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby Bmblbzzz » 20 Jun 2019, 8:28am

Presumably the trees would go some way to blocking dazzle and if the lighting was working, it wouldn't be a factor anyway.

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Re: Cycling infrastructure good & bad

Postby mjr » 20 Jun 2019, 8:43am

If it is about lighting and dazzle, I'm not sure why this one has to be closed when there are plenty of two-way cycleways alongside unlit roads where anyone riding one way is getting the upsweep side of the lights of motorists going the other way. At least being in the middle, they're on the dip side of both directions of motorists.
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