Musings on Leicester’s cycling infrastructure

I’ve been looking at cycling infrastructure in Leicester closely recently, especially as I prepare a ride to show it to visitors on Saturday.  The theme of the ride keeps coming back to:  “This is great…GAH I nearly died!”  Here are some photos that demonstrate some problems.  As campaigners we always say that if one piece of the route doesn’t work, the whole route doesn’t work.  Often that is at a junction, and these are very good examples.

The first photos are a lovely stretch of Southgates. 

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Until, at the top end the kerb cuts are placed to dump you into crossing motor traffic; neither of you can see and the priority feels unclear while riding. 

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On the bottom end there is a badly, badly placed pole holding a sign for drivers, besides all the other clutter.

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The second photos are beautiful bits of St Nicholas Circle. 

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Beautiful right up until a blind corner sweeps you into unsuspecting pedestrians and a sharp turn to a crossing.  We fought this design for the crossing, and now that it’s been built, it’s clear why we wanted it changed.

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For concept, 10 out of 10; for execution…if one part fails, it all fails.  This is why we keep at it, keep celebrating the vision, and keep working to insist the details match that vision.

Elizabeth Barner, LCCG

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  1. One of the busiest cycle lanes is the one into the university through Victoria Park, and the crossing into it from Queen’s Road is the most ridiculous design ever. Pedestrians cross at the lights on the left hand side, and cyclists join the path on the right hand side. So far, so good. But then the footpath moves to the right hand side of the cycle path, so all the cyclists and pedestrians have to cross over each other’s lane – the ludicrousness of it is shown by the pedestrian walkway lines painted over the cycle path to show people where they’re supposed to go. Then at the university end of it, cyclists usually want to turn right to continue along Route 63, which again means crossing the pedestrian path (many of whom want to go straight ahead into the university). When they built this path, why didn’t they just put the cycle path on the right hand side (from the perspective of going towards the uni) and the pedestrian path on the left? Then the two streams would never need to cross.