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Traffic light phase too short for cyclists

Reported in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 15:49, Fri 11 October 2013

Sent to Durham County Council 1 minute later

I was cycling up Lowes Barn Bank around 8.15pm on Wednesday 9th October. There were no other vehicles on the road. As I approached the traffic lights at the junction with the A167 the lights changed from red to green. I was not going very fast (maybe 6 to 10 mph) because I was still recovering from cycling up the hill. I passed through the lights while they were still on green and I was picking up speed when I was horrified to see that the lights were beginning to change to green for traffic on the A167. A couple of cars approaching from the north which had been slowing had triggered the change of lights and were beginning to pick up speed again. I was pretty much half way across the A167 at this point. Fortunately they saw me, slowed again, and I was able to pass in front of them, but this could easily have been a serious accident if the timing had been different.

Despite the steep hill, this is a popular cycle route in to Durham from the west, and Lowes Barn Bank is intended to become part of the National Cycle Network route. The timing of the phases needs to be adjusted to give a greater time after the lights turn red before the lights change to green on the A167.

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  • In correspondence with council officer over the timing of the lights....

    Posted anonymously at 16:35, Fri 8 November 2013

  • Have not heard back from the Council for a few weeks, so I don't know whether it is being considered.

    Posted anonymously at 17:01, Fri 6 December 2013

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 14:39, Sat 4 January 2014

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 15:06, Sat 1 February 2014

  • Chased via e-mail to Council officer at start of January but no response yet.

    Posted anonymously at 15:06, Sat 1 February 2014

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:26, Mon 3 March 2014

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:37, Mon 31 March 2014

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