Sunday, 5 July 2015

Bridgewater Cycleway Consultation Reply

My reply to the Bridgewater Cycleway Consultation ends 10th July.

1. Please say what you think of our proposals, telling us what you agree or disagree with and why.
If a comment relates to a specific feature or stretch, please clarify which.

Why do you only allow 10 minutes to fill out the reply?

Why don’t you allow the inclusion of diagrams and photos?

Why have you ignored the responses to the previous consultation carried out last year?

These new proposals are just as bad as before and are worse than the existing road layout for cycling.

The proposals for the Deansgate, Whitworth St West and Bridgewater Viaduct junction are so bad that they will make cycling more dangerous by creating a false sense of security.

The diagram of the junction layout is inadequate for a consultation process - it is too small to see all the details, the dimensions of the lanes are not given and the bus stops are not labeled.

Overall these proposals are simply paint on the road which time and time again have shown to be inadequate at preventing motorists from entering cycle lanes and other cycle facilities as they are not adequately enforced by Greater Manchester Police. The use of pavement for cycling is just dreadful.

Also these plans do not join up with those for the Liverpool Road, Deansgate junction, they show contradictory detail.

The cycle lanes that are proposed run straight into two bus stops - this is just stupid. The northbound bus stop is currently suspended and both could be removed.

The cycle lane drifting into the middle of two lanes southbound on Deansgate will be ignored by motorists as will the left turn only lane and motorists in the left lane will race to get onto the Bridgewater Viaduct, driving through the cycle lane as they do so.

The cycle lanes on Whitworth St West will push people turning right to the left hand side of the road making the right turn more dangerous, the right curving cycle lane across the junction is pointless and makes the junction more confusing.

The road layout in this area needs to be dramatically redesigned:-

The Bridgewater Viaduct, Deansgate and Whitworth Street West are all too wide. They serve to pump high levels of traffic into the city centre and cause rat running through the area.
  • All three roads should be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. The islands should be removed from the road and the junction turned into a simple “T” junction. Pedestrian crossings should be provided across all three arms of the T junction.
  • Fully segregated cycle tracks should be built alongside Bridgewater Viaduct in both directions with solid kerbing to prevent them being blocked by motor vehicles. These should be taken out of the existing road space to narrow the road and reduce traffic capacity. The existing pavement cycle lane is useless and should be removed.
  • Fully segregated cycle tracks should be built alongside Deansgate in both directions with solid kerning to prevent . These should be taken out of the existing road space to narrow the road and reduce traffic capacity.
  • Fully segregated cycle tracks should be built alongside Whitworth Street West in both directions with solid kerning to keep traffic out . These should be taken out of the existing road space to narrow the road and reduce the capacity for motor vehicles.
  • Traffic Lights at the junctions should only go green for one road at a time to ensure safe right turning.
  • there should be separate green phases for cycles to remove conflict with motor vehicles. This includes the cycles coming from the lower part of Deansgate.
  • Bridgewater Street should be closed to motor vehicles at the junction with Deansgate. Most of the use of this road is rat running and it makes this area more dangerous.
  • The right turn by motor vehicles from Bridgewater Viaduct into the lower part of Deansgate should be removed

2. If specific parts of the proposals could affect you, please give details and clarify which section or feature you're commenting on.

All of it - I live in the city centre and often cycle and walk through this area.

This is one of the most horrible places to walk or cycle there is far too much traffic.

3. Please add any other comments about the route as a whole or specific stretches of the proposals.

The two way cycle track that goes from the end of the Bridgewater Viaduct to the roundabout ends dangerously when heading north. This whole area needs re-engineering to reduce traffic speeds.

It would be helpful if the Council published proper layouts with dimensions.

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