It’s a pavement, but TfL still think pedestrians and cyclists are second class.

This is the scene on TfL’s fab new cycle way along the A316. They only finished it a little while ago, and it’s a classic of design for motor vehicles. This picture shows a break in the cycle path which is designed to allow fuel tankers to drive to Sainsbury’s.

By Sainsbury's, Manor Circus roundabout

You might think that such infrequent traffic would have to give way to the pedestrians and cyclists who enjoy breathing in the effluent of this dual carriageway, but TfL thinks differently.

According to TfL, this is ‘best practice’, because if you’re a pedestrian or cyclist, they’re only advisory stop lines, and most people would carry on normally. Which is indicative of the design of the whole cycle facility: not a single opportunity to put in these ‘give way to motor vehicle’ lines has been missed, even when a junction – such as above – so obviously serves so many more pedestrians and cyclists than fuel tankers ..

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3 Responses to It’s a pavement, but TfL still think pedestrians and cyclists are second class.

  1. I rode this path for the first time in ages this evening on my way home. I usually avoid it like the plague due to it’s bad design and chance myself with the queuing traffic through Richmond village, but this evening I decided to give it another try.

    My favourite part, other than the driveway to a garage that has priority over me, and the 4 or 5 dead end roads that have priority over me, and the fact it’s too narrow to pass cyclists coming the other way, my favourite part is how it vanishes at Manor Circus forcing you to either walk or jump into 3 lanes of fast moving traffic, only to reappear after the roundabout but without any way of getting to it other than hopping the curb and riding over the pavement.

    A Brompton rider who I was travelling with decided not to rejoin the cycle path after Manor Circus and instead risk it in with the 30mph dual-carriageway traffic travelling at 40mph. Fun.

  2. There’s a similar break in an off-road path in Horsham, which cedes priority to the staff car park of a small Chinese restaurant.

    I’m not sure “second class” adequately describes the low status cyclists are evidently accorded by the planners of these kinds of layout.

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