Further update 11th March - Traffic Cones!
Salford council has now added measures to protect their armadillos - good old-fashioned traffic cones.
Three have been placed to try and stop vehicles damaging the armadillos,
and a further two have been placed on the section of cycle lane further up the road, presumably so that drivers can get the idea before they reach the plastic humps.
We shall see how long these last, as they haven't been secured to the road surface.
Walking back this evening I saw several motor vehicles driving over the armadillos. They clearly offer no protection or segregation whatsoever. In fact they seem to make the cycle lane far more dangerous as any driver hitting the armadillos is in danger of losing control of their vehicle rather than avoiding anybody cycling.
In this second video a police van hits the armadillos.
A new set Armadillos have been installed in Middlewood Street.
The first time they failed in under a week.
This time many more have been used, and they have been installed very differently.
Somehow I get the feeling that someone in Salford Council or TfGM is desperate to prove that these things can work.
They have now been installed parallel to the flow of the traffic, presumably in an attempt to reduce the impact of them being hit by motor vehicles.
This is unlike all the pictures on the manufacturer's web site which show them installed at an angle, though the video does show them parallel to the traffic. Perhaps they are learning as they go along...
This appears to be a brand new set, not the ones from Liverpool Street relocated.
It will have to be seen if this makes much difference.
However, I have yet to see any evidence that these things can actually segregate traffic and last for many years. At the moment they look like a desperate attempt to dispose of recycled PVC waste.
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