Tuesday, June 1, 2010
A217 Reigate Ave, St Dunstan's Hill
Now here's a real find. A segregated cycle path, and one that runs for a considerable distance!
The A217 is a busy road with dual carriageways, four lanes and a 40MPH speed limit. In short, not the kind of road that you would cycle on unless you were brave.
Luckily, there's a segregated cycle path that runs more or less continuously from the St Helier Roundabout to the Cheam Road junction.
...because the path needs to avoid the bus shelter (above).
Unfortunately, the cycle path seems to end at Cheam Road. If you continue along the A217, called Belmont Rise at this point, there seem to be odd fragments of segregated cycle path, but it's not clear what you're supposed to do between the fragments.
As I said earlier, it's a shame cyclists aren't more in evidence on this route. I took these pics on a weekday lunchtime, so it could be that during commuting hours the route is better-used. But this is a rare gem in cycle infrastructure. Cycling has the same woefully-low modal share in Sutton as most of the rest of outer London, because the safe infrastructure you see here isn't in evidence on 99% of routes. This is despite the efforts of Smarter Travel Sutton, which I've blogged about already here .
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