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.
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.
On the bottom end there is a badly, badly placed pole holding a sign for drivers, besides all the other clutter.
The second photos are beautiful bits of St Nicholas Circle.
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.
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