On 06/11/2012 12:23, Theo Markettos wrote:
> Queen's Road/Silver St/Sidgwick Avenue, on the other hand...
At the east and west approaches to those lights (I haven't checked the
other two), there are notices saying "Cyclists please dismount". Why?
It adds nothing to safety (I have not seen any driver, even the
craziest, attempt to go through that intersection as it is at present at
more than cycling speed), and hugely inconveniences cyclists and
pedestrians to no purpose whatever.
Actually, of course, everyone is ignoring the notices, even people like
me who conscientiously stop at traffic lights, and no harm is being
done, except for reinforcing the habit of ignoring notices.
Who is responsible for such things - the City, the contractors, the Gas
Board? They could do with being reminded that cyclists are road users
too and that closing a road to them needs a real safety justification,
not a knee-jerk reaction.
For those who haven't been there recently (don't) there are now four-way
lights perhaps 10 yards or more from the actual junction on each
approach road. Each road is limited to half its width. The process of
getting through is slow but much safer than it was when there was just
one hole in the road - as long as you stay on your bike!