CHICHESTER POP UP CYCLE SCHEME
Stage 3 Road Safety Audit
2.1.4 The Audit Team visited the site together on 22"“ September between 8am and 1pm. The weather
was dry and overcast/ sunny intervals. The road surface was dry during the site visit. There was
a steady flow of traffic and a medium flow of pedestrians and cyclists. The site visit was also
attended by West Sussex Police and‘ of West Sussex County Council.
The purpose of the scheme is to reallocate road space to cyclists to encourage more cycling trips
during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the use of segregation provided by traffic wands and other
temporary traffic management measures, signing and road markings.
The greatly discussed covid cycle lane or AKA wands of change AKA traffic jam creator was the subject of another FOI asking for a report on the safety review and consultation before removal . Here is an extract of the report with the most interesting areas highlighted. You can download the full reports and the unsafe/not fit for use sections at the end.
Due to the limited time available as set out in the grant conditions, it was not possible to undertake wider public consultation. The Traffic Management Act 2004 has been specifically amended to enable swift implementation of these emergency works. Consequently, consultation was limited to key stakeholders including, West Sussex and District/Borough Council Members; emergency services; bus operators; Freight Services and key WSCC Officers. It was expected that District and Borough Officers would undertake the necessary internal consultation with their own Members.
1.3 - F&RS, SECAMB and Police Consultation
We remain in regular contact with all three emergency services and are closely monitoring the impact on blue light services. Sussex Police have reported one incident where they were unable to pursue a blue light call due to Pop Up Scheme congestion in Chichester, when a suspect continued by foot from a moving vehicle.
Any child of the 80s will know you put a "Wor after W and a Wur after O" and lay bets on which way he would fall in the opening credits but the 2019/2020 version of Worzel allows us much more time to relive our youth and introduce the new generation to have a "slice of tea and a cup of cake" (much like the Worst Witch) .
With the Xmas 2020 episode where they try and get Nancy back to the sea from Scatterbrook farm, someone on the sofa (not me) pointed out the "errors"
So far they have apparently only done the College Lane/Oaklands/New Park road end but already people can see its failed in its job.
They are using flexible wands as lane markers, but either someone in the council is a shareholder in the wand company or there was a sale on. They have used so many you cant see the wood for the trees.
Visually while driving the wands blur into each other as they make the previous 2 lane roundabout a single lane.
Published 1907, Herman Darewski, & Chas Sheard in the USA
Now is the time for marching, Now let your hearts be gay,
Hark to the merry bugles Sounding along our way.
So let your voices ring, my boys, And take the time from me,
And I’ll sing you a song as we march along,
Of Sussex by the Sea!
For We're the men from Sussex, Sussex by the Sea.
We plough and sow and reap and mow,
And useful men are we;
And when you go to Sussex, Whoever you may be,
You may tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the Sea!
This is a formal request for a safety audit on the following bus stops.
Please find the reasons I feel that the following stops are unsafe and
require a full assessment. Any section numbers relate to the publicly available SOP
New government guidance and updates to existing ones
Courses and learning
Please find the reasons i feel that the following stops are unsafe and require a full assessment.
Yellow stop line is located mid way between kerbs on left turn junction. This means proper position provides no pavement.
The opposing stop location is not suitable distance from stop (180m away).
Parking of vehicles across from stop on double yellow lines outside lock shop cause narrow road and cause blind junction
From Neighbourhood to Cyberhood: Over a third of Neighbourhood Watch members now more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime.
Cybercrime now feels like more of a threat than physical crime for a rising number of households across England and Wales, with more people either falling victim personally, or knowing someone who has been a victim of online theft, according to research from over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members. The research, carried out in conjunction with Avast, a cybersecurity leader in the UK, found that those who believe cybercrime is less of a threat than physical crime are firmly in the minority (15%).
A few years ago there was a fatal accident in Florence Road which raised calls for a pedestrian crossing. Once the 2 crossings were built, i noticed a very odd arrangement of barriers installed to on a shared (pedestrian/cycle) path that leads up to one of those crossings. Now, my original story was going to be about desire lines and how people just go around these barriers. About how the barriers didn't make sense, and a great chance to show off a desire line demonstration video. BUT since then it has turned into an example of planning "desire" over access desire and "if no one complains it cant be wrong".
The pictures show that the views around the crossing with the barriers installed. According to the documentation these are to prevent cyclists on the shared path from colliding with people coming from behind the bush and fence.
However as the photo shows the desire line would be to the side of the barriers across the un obstructed path. If you do not want to read the FOI request documents then the emails of note:
Recently you may have read my article on how Network Rail couldnt care less.
After nearly a week with the "ticket" reopened i have had a response