December 04, 2006

Evidence of the popularity of the Kenilworth to Coventry cycle lane

Follow-up to Cross in 3 seconds or you're dead – cycling to Warwick University from Transversality - Robert O'Toole

To disprove She Bevan’s unfounded claim that the cycle lane is not used, consider the tracks clearly visible on this photograph taken at 8am shortly after a rain shower.

Demonstrating the volume of cycle traffic

I suspect that many of the cyclists start out early, being healthy and conscientious types. I’ve seen a wide mix of people on the path, including students. Lawrence is the only baby.

Surely with this volume of traffic crossing the junction at the top of the hill, a safer crossing is essential?

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  1. mick

    I saw a really funny sight when going into Kenilworth last week. An irate cyclist clearly got annoyed at having the bike lane blocked by the big road works signs.

    He was off his bike, picking the signs up and hurling them into the hedge.

    Good for him!

    05 Dec 2006, 17:58

  2. Robert O'Toole

    It probably just looked mildly amusing. However, bear in mind that there are no street lights on that stretch of the road. The road signs were completely invisible to cyclists at night. Imagine the scenario: a cyclist hits the road works sign, comes of their bike and into the road, a car hits the cyclist, loses control and swerves into an on-coming bus, this bus leaves the road and rolls over. Result: carnage.

    The roadworks signs had to be moved to avoid a tragedy.

    Even more worrying, one night the builders left a digger parked with its bucket hanging out across the cycle path at head height. Absolute insanity. I am amazed that no one was killed.

    Is this putting people of cycling?

    05 Dec 2006, 20:15

  3. Leighton Joskey

    Rob, you are obviously disregarding the popularity of snail racing along that stretch of the pavement.

    06 Dec 2006, 11:43

  4. Robert O'Toole

    Were the snails heading to Kenilworth or the University? If the latter, which department do they work in?

    06 Dec 2006, 14:45

  5. Pinot

    Not sure about Departments….

    06 Dec 2006, 15:56

  6. Robert O'Toole

    Yes, invisible. I have three lights on the front of my bike, including two halogen lights. Is that adequate? Reflective sign? Didn’t seem to be. Worse still, the headlights of oncoming cars (often on full beam) make forward vision even more difficult. The road sign was placed to take up half of the path.

    Why are people so prepared to quibble over fundamental safety issues? This isn’t a game. It isn’t trivial. People are being seriously injured or even killed on the roads here.

    07 Dec 2006, 14:02

  7. Robert O'Toole

    And leaving a digger parked with its bucket sticking out at head height. The stuidity is stunning.

    07 Dec 2006, 14:03

  8. meep

    Never mind the signs and plant. Every Wednesday morning, the cycle lane is littered with wheely bins on the section I use (Cannon Hill Road to A45).

    07 Dec 2006, 15:00

  9. Chris Coe

    The wheely bins may be tactical – ‘to put off would be short cutters’ using Cannon Hill road as a ‘rat run’ .
    Our once quiet lane like existance has been destroyed by high speed traffic.

    08 Dec 2006, 11:12

  10. Robert O'Toole

    But i bet the cyclists on that road are nice, quiet and polite.

    08 Dec 2006, 16:36

  11. Steve Rumsby

    The roadworks signs had to be moved to avoid a tragedy.

    Looks like this issue has made the local news

    12 Dec 2006, 23:40

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