New separated cycle lanes that are part of a vision to help more people leave the car at home for short journeys in and around Bath have opened at A4 Upper Bristol Road today (November 25).
New types of bus stops not seen before in the city have also come into use which operate by the cycle lane running between the bus stop and the pavement.
Pedestrians have priority at the bus stops and people using the cycle lane must stop to allow bus passengers to get on or off the bus. A video explaining how the bus stops work can be viewed here
Crossing points for pedestrians have also been improved with new continuous footways introduced along the route.
A continuous footway is a relatively new method of giving people priority over vehicles where side roads join main roads, to improve safety. Kerbs and tactile paving are removed to give the appearance that the pavement continues across the entrance of the side road. There are also ‘give way’ lines to show drivers they have to give way to people crossing.
The new measures are part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s active travel scheme to make it safer and more convenient to walk, wheel and cycle in this part of the city.
Road users are asked to note that the cycle lane section opposite Marlborough Lane is not yet open due to hoarding for a retirement development currently in place in the road.
The council will also notify residents of a date in the new year when some drainage works to resolve minor flooding issues in the new cycle lane will be carried out, which will require a section of the lane to be closed temporarily. These were intended to be carried out as part of the original works, however unexpected underground conditions have required a new design to fix the drainage issues. Should heavy rain fall before these drainage works are carried out, the new cycle lane may need to close temporarily.
The pedestrian refuge island at the Charlotte Street and Monmouth Place junction will also be completed in the new year on dates to be confirmed.
For more information on how to use the new bus stops and continuous footways visit bathnes.gov.uk/upperbristolroad-works
Continuous footways reinforce rule 170 of the Highway Code which states that drivers should give way to pedestrians crossing when turning into or out of side roads. Together with reducing the speed limit to 20mph, the aim of continuous footways is to improve visibility and safety and reduce the likelihood of accidents.