Goverment Review of HWC
Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Portsmouth Cycle Forum:
sound+fury // 1 thread
A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Tim Atkins' death 2nd June 2017
Since accident, four other serious and unreported incidents have been brought to attention of PCF at same location
Serious RTI resulting in airlift to Southampton General Hospital and cyclist in a coma for at least a fortnight afterwards
Roundabout had been recently re-surafced but no re-design of the markings undertaken.
Does location appear on Accident hot spots?
Ian S // 1 thread
TRO Issued to install traffic calming bumps and speed restriction reminder decals.
Improvements to Eastern Road corridor that will be supported and evidenced through feasibility studies including traffic congestion and vehicle flow studies.
We will also work with Highways England to complement any work they have planned for A27
The work will include potential widening of the corridor, improvements to junctions including splays onto the A27, signage, public transportation.
The outputs will comprise improved and sustainable transport choices, improved air quality, reduced noise, travel time and congestion leading to increased productivity which in turn, supports growth of the city.
To improve the existing junction layout at London Road/London Avenue.
This would be achieved by providing a large kerbed build-out at the southern side of London Avenue and providing ‘No Entry’ markings on the carriageway along with the arrowhead directions road markings at the junction to create a single lane exit.
To improve the layout of the existing roundabout by introducing improved pedestrian movements with future consideration for cycle facilities.
This will consist of building out existing kerb lines and central islands. The effect of this style of roundabout is to force motorists to choose their final exit before entering the junction.
By reducing weaving around, and increasing the predictability of the final destination, there is a reduction in potential conflict points.
Old London Rd/London Rd Gyratory Junction - The Gyratory and London Rd/Northern Parade Junction are high cycle casualty sites (numbers 8 and 4 based on recent data) which lead into the Portsbridge Roundabout.
This scheme will provide a convenient alternative route to using all three of those junctions. Install a shared cycle route in London Rd at the junction with Curtis Mead.
This route will take cyclists around the eastern side of the gyratory on the pavement and link in with the Peronne Rd A27 bridge into Cosham.
Improved crossing facilities on London Road south of the entrance to Trafalgar School and the new University Technical College.
It is on the walking route to Gatcombe Primary school, and provides access to the southbound bus stop. There are four lanes of traffic to cross at this point which is a current School Crossing Patrol site.
Albert Road / Festing Road Junction -
Following several pedestrian casualties at this junction (recent 3 year period 01/07/13 to 30/06/16 shows a total of 4 collisions (3 serious) with 3 being pedestrians and 1 pedal cycle) improvements can be implemented to assist with the uncontrolled crossing.
These could include building out of existing kerb lines to reduce vehicle speeds entering/exiting the junction, extending the pedestrian island in length and implementing guard railing outside of the public house entrances to guide pedestrians to crossing facilities.
Provide a new safe crossing and improvements to the layout at Havant Rd/ Lower Farlington Rd.
Havant Road is very busy and is difficult to cross during peak times. The nearest safe crossing point for residents living around St. Andrew/Havant Rd is at Eastern Rd/Galt Rd junction which is a 10 minute walk each way for people with children.
Improvements to pedestrian island crossing point which has poor visibility and direction of travel for pedestrians.
To improve the layout of Elkstone Road and implement traffic calming measures to reduce Pauslgrove Traffic Calming speeds of traffic travelling through the area from its junction with Leominster Road to its junction with Allaway Avenue.
These would consist of reducing the carriageway width and implementing speed cushions and raised tables.
Cromwell Rd/Henderson Rd Roundabout has previously experienced a high level of cycle casualties.
This scheme is designed to build-out existing kerb lines and central island to create deflection, reducing approach speeds and segregate the bus lane.
Surfacing and lining could also be utilised to highlight to drivers the likelihood of cyclists on the roundabout, and consideration will be given to the implementation of a segregated cycle lane.
The recent 3 year period 01/07/13 to 30/06/16 shows 12 total (1 fatal and 6 serious) collisions, 6 of which were motorcycle collisions.
This scheme aims to improve the visibility of the entrance to the Viewpoint Car Park along Portsdown Hill Road to approaching motorists.
This will be achieved by improving the existing signage, implementing coloured surfacing to highlight the approaching junction and installing countdown markers/rumble strips on each of the approaches to the entrance to advise road users of the potential conflicting traffic manoeuvres within the vicinity.
There is a well used 'cut-through' between East Shore Way and Shore Avenue.
About a year ago, wooden barriers were placed on the path which restrict the passage of bikes generally, but non standard bikes or push chairs specifically through the access path.
This issue was reported to PCC who said they cannot do anything about it as they are on private land.
Ian S // 1 thread
Change of use from nightclub (sui generis) to halls of residence (Class C1) with 65 study/bedrooms and communal facilities, including demolition of rear part of existing building (onto Spring Gardens) and replacement by six-storey building and basement expansion with creation of external courtyard link into the adjoining Prudential Building and construction of replacement rear wall/extension at roof level (after partial demolition) to part of the front building onto Guildhall Walk (Re-submission of 16/00262/FUL)
10 Guildhall Walk Portsmouth PO1 2DD
Application reference : 17/00262/FUL
The shared path alongside Tipner Lake will be closed from April 2017 while flood defence upgrade work takes place for the next 30 months.
The proposal is to divert cyclists (and pedestrians!) along the busier Northern Parade road on a 'temporary cycle path' which has not been specified at the time of applying for planning permission application.
PCF believe that there has been no attempt to calculate the number of cyclists using the path on a daily basis, and the issues around placing them on a busy road as a diversion.
PCF would like to see a segregated on-road lane created to allow cyclists to continue to cycle safely to and from the north west gateway of the island. This could be created easily by using wands for the duration of the work.
The existing southbound shared path on the pavement is not suitable for most commuting cyclists.
Ian S // 1 thread
Continues to be an issue despite the work done to 're-design' it underwent in May 2016 which amounted to very little other than new paint layout after re-surfacing.
Continual issue of visibility on this blind corner next to a fast road and with lamp posts impeding the little space provided. Has been brought up with PCC a number of times e.g. re-siting lamp posts to other side of the road;
Adding a mirror to the lamppost on corner for some visibility
Persistent issue of drivers unaware of cycle contra flow in this section of high street. Better marking and clearer signage required.
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The most popular issues, based on the number of votes:
Portsdown Hill Road & James Callaghan drive are a set of roads along the top of Portsdown Hill that is currently used by a lot of cyclists for commuting, touring and leisure facilties due to the forts, views and open areas around it.
As such, it's a well known tourist spot to stop for a burger or take a picnic and fly a kite.
However, being on top of an exposed hill results in significant side winds which results in cyclists being blown about by gusts, and therefore all cyclists need to take primary position on this road to give them space. As a 40mph road, many drivers have significant issues with cyclists taking primary, and therefore perform many punishment/close passes.
The affect of this on cycling in the area is many
1) More people would cycle from the surrounding areas ( Waterlooville, Havant, Fareham/Lee on Solent ) to work at QA Hospital or the businesses on the hill if there were better cycle infrastructure.
2) More people would cycle from the surrounding area & to enjoy the space & views if it felt safer to get there.