City Cycle Forum
Infrastructure sub-group meeting
on 7 February at Aldersley Leisure centre.
from WCC Â– Road safety Â– John Partridge and Peter Rollings
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Urban
Traffic Control Â– Bob Willis
on Wheels Â– the Davids Â– Holman, Nicholson and Wilson
Â– Mike Blackstone
guest Â– David Dansky of Cycle Training UK.
Cycling in London.
Dansky spoke about the key changes in London
cycling and how these had come about. Peter confirmed that his recent ride in London was much more
pleasant than he had expected. The congestion charge and fears from terrorist
attacks have helped boost cycling with a >50% increase since the Mayor
started his terms of office. The Mayor of London is in charge of Transport for London (TfL) . TfL worked
with the experts Â– the 5000 members of the London Cycle Campaign to map all the
routes riders actually use. The real cyclists mapped their routes along the
many quieter streets that run parallel to the busy ones and how they thread
there way through traffic-calmed areas. This survey was used to create the free
London Cycle Maps and to influence where TfL did engineering. Routes are more
important than infrastructure as far as TfL is concerned. So all traffic light
junctions on a route will have received Advanced Stop Lines (ASLÂ’s) but some
cycle lanes may have been removed because they made the route worse for riders.
is also promoting cycling with widespread huge poster and billboard campaigns.
London School of Cycling and the local authorities are part of the picture
because hundreds of people are taking cycle training each year. More
Bikeability training means more able riders leading to TfL engineers designing
for vehicular cycling.Â Lots of lessons
here for Wolverhampton and ideas for the Black
Country Core Strategy.
more information on cycling in London
see - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles/projects/lcn.shtml
London Cycling Campaign Â–
Cycle Design Standards http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles/company/standards.shtmlÂ Junctions including ASLs are in chapter 5
Partridge introduced Bob Willis head of Urban Traffic Control (UTC) at WCC. Bob
is responsible for the hundreds of traffic lights and pedestrian / cyclist
crossings in Wolverhampton (plus some in Dudley)
and their automatic control.
lights. These lights beside Beatties are well known among local riders for not
changing for cyclists. Bob said they are Â‘actuated on demandÂ’ 24-7. Peter
Rollings is to take part in a witnessed test with a member of UTC staff. Bob is
willing to repair or fine tune the signals. Action PR and UTC staff
Blackstone said that the Sun Street / Wednesfield
Road right turn signals appeared to change for
riders Â– a good thing considering all the postal deliveries by bike. Bob said
that these had been fine tuned.
bus gate was discussed.
presented a Wolves on Wheels report on the bus gate and suggestions for
changing it such that the traffic signals change for cyclists. The report is at
(Document Archive Â– Wolves on Wheels reports)
cyclistsÂ’ push button on a right turn bus lane in Kettering found favour with theÂ meeting. Bob said that this could be
incorporated in 4 to 8 weeks after the meeting.
was made to the forest of guard railing for pedestrians in relation the
recommendations in the draft Manual for Streets section 10.27.
lights at A449 / Springfield
junction. DH said these were not changing for cyclists leaving Goodrich who
then had to wait for a car to arrive at the Springfield Lane lights opposite to
trigger the junction. Bob said he would investigate.
asked that cyclists report any traffic light problems to him. Detectors of any
sort age, drift out of calibration and sometimes fail. So any observations are
Debate on Advanced Stop Lines (ASLÂ’s)
Cycle Friendly Infrastructure, Lancashire the
CyclistsÂ’ County page 120 and TAL 8/93Â http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/tal/cyclefacilities/advancedstoplines
Partridge asked when are ASLÂ’s a good idea. The cyclists replied - almost
always a good idea. They are a small number of them dotted round Wolverhampton but insufficient in number for motorists to
take notice, bearing in mind how infrequently the general population reads
newer editions of the Highway Code.Â Bob
Willis said that there can be capacity and clearance times issues arising from
adding an ASL to each arm of a junction. The debate moved onto the design of
Filter Lanes. These allow a rider access to the ASL and a passage over the
first stop line and into the reservoir of the ASL. Some older ASLÂ’s donÂ’t have
a filter lane, others have a nearside lane on the left of queuing traffic and
the better designs at multi-lane junctions use a filter lane between lanes. The
latter gets the rider into a better position for a safer turning manoeuvre.
Filter Lanes are a DfT requirement. David Dansky said Transport for London are doing without
filter lanes and being creative instead e.g. using a dotted line where cyclists
are expected the motor vehicle stop line into the ASL reservoir. DH noted that
the idea of an ASL comes from the Netherlands where the cyclists have
their own signals and get a green a few seconds ahead of the cars.
asked WoWcc and WCC highways to conceive a cycle route along a secondary road
(with spare capacity at junctions) where all the traffic light junctions would
get ASLÂ’s. Deadline end of February. Action
Wolves on Wheels and Highway engineers
Scrutiny Panel into Cycling Â– Programme of Works.
plugged street programme is in work with the term consultants. 4 out of 5 road
plugs in the programme have a through-cycling design.
route in Finchfield. The desire for a route connecting schools with Bantock Park does not lead to any obvious route
alignments. A survey ride is needed in the presence of the consultant. Action PR to organise ride
schools received cycle parking in 2006. There will be more in 2007 where the
school has a School Travel Plan.
Rollings is organising the installation of cycle parking in front of the main
entrance to the civic centre. This is a long and protracted process with many
committees having a say. Prestige location. Important message to everyone about
cycling in WÂ’ton.
traffic calmed streets to be converted to 20 mph Â in 2007 including Nine Elms Lane which is linked to
FowlerÂ’s Park (through road for cycling). The remainder of traffic calmed
streets are to change to 20mph in 2008.
Zones. Poets Corner in Fordhouses is a successful Home Zone. In truth JP said
the Â£1.5 million pound budget stretched to do a third of the project that WCC
had hoped to do. The residents wanted new front walls to their properties and
this used up a lot of the money.Â No
matter because the results are excellent Â– from sink estate to waiting list for
tenancies. The next possible Home Zones are all no-through road streets off the
A459 Dudley Road
in Blakenhall (e.g. Arthur Street,
Elm Farm Road)
because of the grants available in the ABCD area.
Wooden ramp at Wildside Activity Centre.
ramp forms a part of National Cycle Network route 81 cross-city braid. In wet
conditions the surface becomes really slippery. DH said that the wood
preservative in the ramp surface and water combine to make it like a skating
rink. JP handed round a report from his colleague Lawrence Key. Mr Key thought
the problem was due to mud being brought onto the surface (?!) and an annual
application of anti-slip decking treatment would solve the problem.Â In any event, as the council will not accept
liability for the ramp they built when WAC was part of the council and had not
asked to put the NCN route over it, the board of directors of WAC are going to
fit padlocked gates to the ramp. The Davids pressed JP and PR to sign an
alternative route. The Cross City
Route is closed before it has opened! What a
on Stafford Road
is being marked out and consultation on parking enforcement is about to kick
Date of the next cycle forum is 18 April 2007