South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened a public consultation on plans for a number of ‘raised table’ cycle crossings within Bradley Stoke.
The proposed crossings are part of Cycling City Route 3, which will link Parkway Station to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.
The Statement of Reasons document published by the Council explains:
These crossing points consist of a raised table section bringing the carriageway up to the footway level. This allows pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users to cross the carriageway with no change in gradient or level. It also raises the visibility and priority of vulnerable users to the same physical level as the traffic. The crossing can also help maintain the low speed of traffic within any 20mph zone.
The new crossings are to be installed at the following locations:
- Across Baileys Court Road, between its junctions with Sherbourne Avenue and Meadow Way
- Across Fiddlers Wood Lane, close to its junction with Bradley Stoke Way
- Across the access road into Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Each crossing will consist of a gentle ramped approach up to the existing level of the footway and then a flat table.
In contrast to the speed bumps used on Brook Way and other roads in the town, the raised crossings will present a ‘full carriageway width’ obstacle to road vehicles. Bus companies and ambulance services are known to have previously objected to such features on the grounds of passenger discomfort.
Residents have until Wednesday 10th March to register comments on the proposals.
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