June 6th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/06/06 16:38:00 - Whinge: Jane Coston Cycle Bridge
I'm very much in favour of the Jane Coston Cycle Bridge; it makes my life much easier. But at the Cambridge end I find it very inconvenient. To the right here is a picture of the route I end up taking around it, which is less than optimal!

Walking through it, I start off coming down the bridge, usually freewheeling at a reasonable speed. At this point I have to start thinking about the end of the bridge. As you can see it curves off to the left, so even if I didn't know what I do I'd probably want to start decelerating.

Once I'm a little way around the corner the situation at the end of the bridge becomes clearer (in fact the actual bridge section pretty closely mirrors the Milton end), with some of the badly designed tactile paving that I've complained about before, and then some bollards. Being me, with my frequently stated preferences about this sort of paving, I duck left so as to run over the more convenient pedestrian bit.

Next we reach the bollards themselves. This is the first point where we notice the lowered curb on the right-hand side, which is the route that I want to take. At this stage it's probably too late for someone unused to the route to go right here. I, on the other hand, am slipping back across the central divide between the paired bollards and frantically signaling right in case there's another cyclist behind me. It's not uncommon for other cyclists, who haven't decelerated on the downwards section, to come past at this stage, around the outside of the bollards and straight onto the road going towards the city. I haven't yet had a collision with one, but I've had some very near misses. I almost got hit by one while taking the photos, as well.

The next shot shows approximately what I see as I come out between the bollards. In practice I'll usually be pointing at about where that car is and have to put some effort in to pull right into the turn-off that you can see behind the railings. Plus watch out for cars that haven't noticed the new 30mph speed limit on the road.

A view of the entire junction [from the back of the car on the previous shot]

A top-down view of the bottom of the bridge [unfortunately the lowered kerb is only just visible on the right-hand-side].
Current Mood: [mood icon] whingy
Entry Tags: photos, rant

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userinfo mobbsy
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2005/06/06 16:20:27
Er... so your problem is that you want to make a sharp turn across a road and you choose to take a route that allows you to do it at more speed, but with a greater risk of collision?

You could just slow down at the bottom?
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userinfo senji
2005/06/06 16:28:47
I'm already going at about 3mph when I hit the bottom. If you come off straight then you have to do a large U-shaped turn across the entirety of the road in order to come back at the turn-off (which isn't really a turn off at all any more). That or practically stop the bike at the bottom of the bridge and attempt a very tight turn at that stage (which increases the length of time that fast-moving cyclists coming down the bridge can run into me).

And that's not even beginning to consider the fact that running across the tactile paving at a shallow angle is dangerous in damp weather (particularly at lower speeds where you have less momentum) (see previous article) which means that you have to make an approximately 220-degree turn in the 1.5m or so after the bottom of the bridge.
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userinfo mobbsy
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2005/06/06 16:42:48
I'm surprised that you need to take such a route to round the bollards if you're going that slowly. I'll have to try it for myself tomorrow.

I assumed that the problem with fast-moving cyclists coming past you was that you were weaving across their path, rather than sitting in a position to turn right at the lowered kerb. (Speaking as somebody who always goes straight forward onto the road coming off that bridge).
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userinfo mobbsy
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2005/06/07 14:21:47
I tried it, I didn't find a need to move off the cycle path, or even over to the left-hand-side of it. There's enough room to swing round after the dropped kerb, and the driveway is angled to make that a sensible path.
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userinfo ilanin
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2005/06/06 17:45:56 - You were expecting me to say this, weren't you?
Walking through it, I start off coming down the bridge, usually freewheeling at a reasonable speed.


Aha! So now you admit that you have wheels on the end of your legs instead of feet!
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userinfo ewx
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2005/06/06 18:00:22 - Re: You were expecting me to say this, weren't you?
There should be more of that sort of thing.
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userinfo sarabian
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2005/06/07 10:52:56
I like the incidental images in the pictures - the skid marks on the road (where cars have had to do a fast stop to avoid right turning bikes) and the shopping trolley (that failed to make any turn whatsoever and crashed into the hedge)
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