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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 12:58

Florence Road, desire lines, speeding cyclists and the fatality.

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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:

One design query re the Western side of the Southern crossing. Is there anything physical to inhibit a cyclist having a clear run up the path N of the Careline site to the crossing point ( e.g. a cyclist accelerating to “catch the light”)? Could there therefore be an issue with encouraging fast moving bicycles across the Western side Florence Road pavement with their eyes fixed on the crossing rather than on what might be moving S along the pavement? Even though these are designed to be pedestrian crossings,some cyclists tend to take whatever opportunities that may be presented to them. Regards
Thank you for such a swift response. With regards to your query below we have looked further into this and as the shared cycleway is only available on the western side we are unable to make it a Toucan crossing so some cyclists may well behave as you describe. Unfortunately this is difficult to mitigate due to human nature but we can install corduroy paving either side of the crossing which tells the cyclist that area is no longer a cycle way and to dismount in order to cross. Whilst this won’t necessarily stop a cyclist from accelerating toward a green man, it will hopefully at least negate any sense of encouragement to do so
I was rather more thinking of some form of chicane barrier to interrupt the Eastward movement of cyclists approaching the blind corner caused by the allotment fencing and vegetation
 I had misunderstood and thought you were referring to cyclist along the noticed cycle path. The stretch you refer to is not ‘officially’ a cycle path but it also doesn’t really indicate that it is not a cycle path so with that in mind we shall indeed include a set of chicane barriers to ensure any cyclist do slow down when approaching the crossing.If you are happy with this I shall amend the drawing and prepare it for consultation

Now to the crunch, in the FOI I asked about the Access component of this as I could find no mention of any surveys being done, and the only Risk Assessments were to do with the actual construction and the "speeding cyclists".

If you note the cyclists have a clear run to the crossing by going right of the chicane anyway. The FOI response on clarification was.

Equality Impact Assessments - as there were no objections raised a Delegated Officer Report was not required and therefore an EIA was not submitted.

So and EAI was not done as a matter of course ?

and for the video!


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DeSire lines are not just for humans - the proper path goes down then up

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