Cycle track on Great Ashby Way is on the wrong side.
Reported in the Pavements/footpaths category anonymously at 22:20, Wed 24 June 2020
Sent to Hertfordshire County Council less than a minute later
The cycle track markings are incorrect between Martins Way and Glanville Crescent Roundabout. Cyclists travelling in opposite directions round INSIDE of the bend on the designated segregated cycle track are likely to collide with one another as visibility between riders is blocked by the hedge on the inside of the bend. Remarking to put peds further from the road and cyclist closer to the road would give cyclists better forward visibility of cyclists AND pedestrians who might stray into their path. MBy swapping the markings around, cyclists can move onto the grass verge to avoid a collision whereas currently they have no-where to go if confronted by a group of peds across their path. I'm pleased to say that SBC have just trimmed back the overgrown hedge alongside the cycle track, which means that cyclists are likely to use the 'inside' track as directed by 'CYCLISTS' markings. At the southern end of the path, the 'Effective Width' (see LTN 1/12) is non-compliant due to the adjacent wooden fence. Reversing the markings will overcome both problems at low cost.
Firstly, I would like to thank Kris White of SBC for cutting back the brambles overgrowing the cycle track side of the path to avoid the possibility of eye injury for cyclists. She explained however that these incorrect markings pre-dated development of the Chrysalis Park estate and it was the installation of a new timber fence immediately alongside the cycle track edge which had exacerbated the danger by further reducing forward visibility for cyclists on the inside of the bend. It's unlikely the wooden boundary fence will ever be relocated further back from the segregated cycle and pedestrian path but amending the markings to put cyclists closer to the road and pedestrians further away from the road would immediately give better advance warning of pedestrian to bike riders with the additional benefit that if pedestrians are occupying the full width of the segregted path. cyclists will have space to ride around them to avoid a collision. This arrangement of cycle markings would currently fail Road Safety Audit, and could expose Hertfordshire County Council to an injury claim for negligence. Please note that the red marker on the map is not the correct location for this new photographs. The hazard is on the eastbound entry to the Martin's Way/Gresley Way roundabout and the cycle path shown is looking north into Great Ashby Way. Chrysalis park houses are shown on the LHS of the photo.
Posted anonymously at 20:37, Fri 24 July 2020
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