Saturday, 2 June 2018

A couple of ideas from Edinburgh...

I came across a couple of nice ideas from a recent visit to Edinburgh.

The first is some driver awareness education around advance cycle boxes.

Whilst I remain skeptical about the effectiveness of such measures the general effect of making drivers aware of cycle infrastructure is probably a good thing.

The second think I came across was a smart, well designed little booklet advertising the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.

The festival includes a really wide range of events covering more than two weeks.

It also has a really good web site.

It would be good to see something of this scale in Greater Manchester...

Sunday, 13 May 2018

More restrictions on cycling at Mediacity?

TfGM have put up new maps of the diversions around the tram works in Trafford. At first glance they might be seen as useful information, but a closer look reveals that they have included a cyclists dismount restriction on BOTH bridges across the ship canal.

Detailed map - Wider area map

Anti-cycling notices were posted on the swing bridge in August 2016, exactly 5 years after the place opened - probably to do with the time a developer has to wait before they can ask for their section 106 commitments to be removed.

However, no notices have appeared on the lifting bridge... YET!

TfGM and Peel are in the process of creating a bicycle user group - controlled by the two organisations and these maps are perhaps the first evidence that they may be trying to further restrict cycling on the site?

Manchester City Centre Road - Cyclists Dismount...

New anti-cycling signs have appeared in the city centre - this time on a road.

Yes, it seems that Manchester City Council are quite happy to have people drive along this road, but won't tolerate cycling!

The signs are on both sides of the road.

They are on the Hardman Street, at the junction with Deansgate.

Strangely, there are no similar signs at the other end of the road...

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Segregation - by wooden fence?

This small section of cycle track has been closed for months whilst contractors have been digging holes for some reason. Now the workforce has departed a wooden fence has appeared between the cycle track and the pavement.

Strangely a further fence has been built to block the route and force cycles into the road - a dual carriageway with heavy traffic. Notice how the cycle track has not been resurfaced at its original level.

So why on earth are these fences here? Are they a new infrastructure experiment or some idiotic idea hatched up by a rogue council officer or contractors trying to cut corners?

Or could this be a land ownership issue?

Answers on a postcard please...

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Oxford Street Lorry Park

Today some minor roadworks were taking place in Oxford Street.

The signage directs cycles onto the pavement against council guidelines.

The work was not blocking the cycle way, but their lorry was.

What's the point of segregated cycle tracks when they are abused like this?

Monday, 29 January 2018

Salford Cycle Forum

Salford Cycle Forum

1st February 2018, 6.00pm, Swinton Town Hall


1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Action sheet from the last meeting
3. Matters arising
4. Design principles for traffic free routes (Catriona Swanson)
5. Park and Cycle Pilot project (Rose Featherby)
6. City centre cycle connections (/Peter O’Hare/TfGM)
7. Mobike update (Pavol Gajdos)
8. Key Cycle Network Study (Rose Featherby)
9. Cycle forum future – discussion (Andy Salmon)
10. AOB
11. Future Meeting Dates – 3rd or 10th May 2018

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Village Circle Roundabout & Sir Alex Fergusion Way - Trafford

I've been seeing reports from people who cycle through the tram works at Village Circle Roundabout and Sir Alex Fergusion Way in Trafford that the area is now very dangerous for people walking and cycling.

People have reported that the traffic lights have not been working for several weeks and there has been at least one pedestrian has been knocked over and injured and driver behavior is pretty dreadful. The issue is going to be raised at Trafford Cycle Forum and complaints have been sent to TfGM and Trafford council.

I have also seen dreadful behavior by contractors in the area, parking and driving on cycle tracks and pavements is a daily occurrence.