Lewes Road Consultation

18 May 2012

Joyce Edmond-Smith
Campaigns Officer

10 May 2012

Mr. Robin Reed
Brighton & Hove City Council
Transport Initiatives,
Kings House
Hove

Lewes Road Consultation

Dear Robin Reed
Thank you for the very helpful explanation of the proposals for the Lewes Road and the Vogue Gyratory. As we agreed, I am writing to you direct on behalf of the Brighton and Hove Clarion Cycling Club. The following comments relate to the sections.

Section 1 – The Level to the Vogue Gyratory :
We welcome the loading restrictions on Lewes Road and the use of CCTV cameras for improved enforcement, as well as the removal of the traffic lights near Aberdeen Road and unnecessary street furniture. We agree that this will improve the situation for cyclists. However: – We note that enforcement must be thorough; presently parking in the cycle lanes makes them actually dangerous to cyclists who have to swerve out. Access on to the cycle lane from Franklin Road, Hartington Road etc. is made difficult by the density of traffic. We suggest that this be looked at. We also feel that this section of the A270 would benefit from inclusion in the 20-mile limit proposed for the city.

We welcome the phased traffic lights from Upper Lewes Road. However, as I pointed out there remains a concern with the traffic lights on Lewes Road leading on to the Gyratory. These are situated on an ascent which means, after stopping, cyclists have to draw away on the ascent, competing with cars wanting to get away quickly. Advance cycle boxes have proved very useful in parts of the city and it would seem that, because of the ascent at the traffic lights, one would be of great advantage here. I hope therefore that this can be considered.

Section 2 – The Vogue Gyratory (Sainsbury’s)
We note the proposals for new 2m wide cycle lane on the north bound carriageway. We welcome a dedicated cycle lane, although some members have questioned siting it alongside the Sainsbury’s store rather than through the middle as was proposed initially some years ago, which could obviate the problems below.

Whilst noting your explanation of the difficulties of altering the Sainsbury site, we are concerned with the access and egress of cars from Sainsbury’s thus crossing the cycle lane. We would therefore ask that every effort is made to ensure that cars exit slowly and have sight lines to ensure they can see cyclists advancing. Signs to the effect “Beware Cyclists” should also be prominent. We would also suggest that this aspect is monitored regularly.

We welcome the cycle priority and phased car traffic lights enabling cyclists to continue safely onto the Lewes Road cycle lane. We would urge that due attention is given to the timing of these lights so that cyclists are not held up unduly whilst cars are allowed through.

Section 3 – Vogue Gyratory to Coldean Lane
We welcome the improvements at Saunders Park junction and the proposals to remove parking bays between the Vogue Gyratory and Natal Road.

With regard to the option for either shared cyclists and bus lane or separate bus/cycle lane, we would support the option for separate bus cycle lanes as in Option 2 Q. 2 . Together with the reduction of the speed limit we would see one lane for cars as a useful way to encourage modal shift.

Section 4 – Coldean Lane to A27 Bypass (Falmer)
The further cycle network improvements referred to in the consultation document have not been accessible on the website. These comments refer therefore only to the proposals in the consultation document. In general it would seem that the changes will improve safety.

We welcome the widening of the shared path from Coldean Lane. It would also be useful if it were made clearer that this is a shared path.

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News

8 May 2012

Dear fellow members and friends 

This bulletin is a good deal earlier than usual because of the cancellation of the ride planned for Sunday 6th May.

In response to the last newsletter I received this very encouraging email from our old friend (and former Clarion CC National Treasurer), Peter Roscoe:

Simply Wonderful

Have you arrived in heaven and don’t know you are there?

Peter

I think that’s putting it a bit high, Peter, but as the old Joni Mitchell song has it, you often “don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. Let’s hope that’s not how we end up feeling about the NHS. But thanks, Peter and keep in touch.

I’ve had a few positive responses to my idea of avoiding the problems of coinciding with the London to Brighton BHF bike ride in June by moving to the Saturday just for that occasion so – subject to trains being OK – we’ll go ahead, which gives me the opportunity to get that Centurion Way/Dell Quay/Chichester Harbour/Chichester canal ride into the programme.

Joyce has been investigating the plans for improvements to the Lewes Road cycle lanes (consultation ends on 25 May). She has visited one of the exhibitions about it and had a useful consultation with one of the officials. She’ll be reporting soon. Still plenty of time to let her know what you think at edmondsmith@yahoo.co.uk

You can get details of the plans at www.brighton/hove.gov.ul/lewesroad and there are still two exhibitions/information sessions before the closing date:

Friday 11 May, 1–9, St Martins Church Hall (Wagner Hall), Lewes Road

Tuesday 15 May, 8–12, The Level (outside)

Ian