Archway gyratory "too dangerous" for cycle superhighway

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By LiseS | Friday, March 19, 2010, 22:42

TRANSPORT for London has claimed that it is too difficult to

create a safe route for cyclists across the Archway gyratory and is planning to reroute its new "cycle

superhighway" away from the A1.  The superhighway could now be routed along Hornsey Road rather than

Holloway Road.

"The whole point of cycle

superhighways was to make London's main roads safer for cyclists, " said Greg Foxsmith, Islington Council's executive member for transport and the environment. "It

was supposed to be an opportunity to improve the most dangerous parts

of the road network."

"As a cyclist who passes through Archway every day, TfL

has now realised what we have always known: that the gyratory at

Archway is a hazard for cyclists," he added.

A TfL spokesperon said the the cycle superhighway was still in its planning stages and could still go through Archway.  "More details about the measures TfL will take to

improve safety for cyclists at this location will become available as

the proposals are firmed up," said TfL.

Cycle Superhighways are designed to be safe, fast, direct routes into central London from outer London. The first two will be opened this summer.

      

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  • Profile image for DanT20

    I thought the whole point of the cycle superhighway was to make it safe? So they are going to give up in the only place where it adds any real value?
    As a regular cyclist through the Archway giratory I can assure you that it definitely is a hazard, however in my opinion the solution is easy.
    The danger comes when you need to cross lanes, particularly as you join or exit the roundabout. If they staggered the traffic lights to give us time to get away and to make our way into the appropriate lane without having to cross oncoming buses then it could significantly safer.
    If the superhighways are only going to go where its already safe they are even less usful than I previously thought.

    By DanT20 at 16:05 on 30/03/10

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  • Profile image for stew_east

    I very much doubt that kicking the cyclists off the Archway gyratory would make the system work any better for cars, other than reduce the risk of accidents involving cyclists.

    Perhaps the only, safe, way of directing cyclists around the gyratory would be to filter them onto a cycle lane on the path, therefore incorporating them into the crossings that pedestrians use too. OK, it's not as fast as using the road, but it's the safer option for people who don't want to risk the busy lanes. It works at other locations (ie Old Street/Gt Eastern St), so why not for Archway?

    By stew_east at 13:12 on 22/03/10

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    I very much doubt that kicking the cyclists off the Archway gyratory would make the system work any better for cars, other than reduce the risk of accidents involving cyclists.

    Perhaps the only, safe, way of directing cyclists around the gyratory would be to filter them onto a cycle lane on the path, therefore incorporating them into the crossings that pedestrians use too. OK, it's not as fast as using the road, but it's the safer option for people who don't want to risk the busy lanes. It works at other locations (ie Old Street/Gt Eastern St), so why not for Archway?

    By stew_east at 13:12 on 22/03/10

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  • Profile image for vardebedian

    Everywhere is a hazard for cyclists. The roads in London were designed to accommodate foot traffic and horses. Now we're trying to cram pedestrians, cars, buses, taxis, lorries and cycles onto them at the same time and everyone's surprised there isn't room! Well, there just isn't. But no-one in authority can admit it or make sensible policies that allow for the fact that trying to fit cycles and motor vehicles onto the same road is an inherently stupid and dangerous idea, because either party, deprived of what they imagine is their "right" to use the road, will complain hysterically.

    I'm neither a cyclist nor a driver, so I have no vested interest and it's obvious to me from the vantage of the pavement or an occasional taxi that the only safe and sensible thing to do is decide one way or another that London's roads won't accommodate both cars and cycles. I don't even really mind which. But let's just kick one of them off and then the roads will work properly.

    By vardebedian at 05:27 on 20/03/10

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