Over the next few posts I plan on taking a look at the CSH7 junctions that are first up for review by TfL. You can see the priority list for all CSH junctions here; the junctions I'll be looking at are:
Clapham Common/The Pavement
Because I actually ride through them, I know all these junctions pretty well . Unless I miss my guess, TfL don't, except through a car windscreen. They will either do a paper-based exercise, or they'll turn up in the middle of the day when traffic is quiet and there's few cyclists around. Their analysis will therefore be impoverished and compromised. But hey, some good may come of it, and some public money will get spent.
What they won't be looking at yet, and probably not ever, are the minor junctions, like, let's pick one at random, College Road. I was riding past this morning and what did I see? The aftermath of a minor crash, in which the cyclist was fortunately not seriously hurt as far as I could make out.
The solution is quite simple of course: ban turns into and out of these side-roads, and where that's not possible, minimise the traffic and eliminate the hazards of turning traffic: ensure that sightlines are good and there are safeguards to avoid the types of crash I've described. They've actually done this on most of the side-roads between South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood although this is not yet part of CSH#7.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Cycle Superhighway 7 Collision
at 2:42 PM
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Are they taking any public suggestions for other junctions to look at? I'd have hoped they look at Rookery Road as well on CS7! The gentle entry angle on there means cars can easily do it at 25-30mph. I know I've had a few near left hooks there, as have a few other helmet cam riders and I can pretty much guarantee I'll see at least one a week. Only managed to avoid an attempted LH this morning by riding in primary and refusing to budge as a car pulled up alongside me with their indicator on....ReplyDelete
The other ones all seem like fair game IMHO but as you say they really need to try riding them during the rush hour to fully understand the problems.
I used to live in Colliers Wood (before CS7 was painted) and know the area well. It's very interesting the difference the blocked in roads towards South Wimbledon make. The whole area forces you to drive a round about way to get out to the main road, we used to walk or cycle to the Savacentre even though there's massives of free parking as we could cut through to the highstreet while by car we had to do 3 sides of a square and queue in lots of traffic. Cutting off rat runs not only makes the main roads safer and reduces the traffic on residential roads, but it also reduces peoples car usage.ReplyDelete
@MarkS - good suggestion. At Rookery Road I saw a fatal crash where a motorcyclist was killed last month. Rookery Road is basically a rat-run enabling motorists to cut the corner and avoid going down to the Clapham Common junction. This end of the common is carved up by a number of such roads, making the common fragmented, noisy and less pleasant. I think they should close all the roads that cross the common. Windmill Road isn't used that much except as a car park, but there is enough fast-moving traffic along it to make it dangerous. In fact as part of the common area makeover the council talked about closing Windmill Road but didn't follow it through - probably a lot of people drive their dogs half a mile to the common and park there.ReplyDelete