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Help requested posted on 9th January 2020:

Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

A cyclist has queried the suitability of several pedestrian refuges we have recently installed, because of the conflict which may ensue if drivers attempt to overtake cyclists when approaching them. Is anyone aware of any research which has been conducted on this matter?

Dermot McGonigle

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Response posted on 10th January 2020 by:
Tom Hayward

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Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

I don't have any research but there is one road I cycle on and vehicles regularly go down the wrong side of a pedestrian refuge to overtake me.

I am sure it is not an uncommon problem.


Response posted on 10th January 2020 by:
Steve Cartmell

E: steven.cartmell@lancashire.gov.uk
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Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

Not aware of any research but I tend to follow the guidance from LCDS Chapter 4 section 4.4.2 which says.

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The rule-of-thumb is to avoid situations where motorised vehicles and cyclists are expected to move together through a width between 3.2 metres and 4 metres.

Where lane widths are between these two dimensions, there is uncertainty about space for overtaking and a high risk that other vehicles will seek to pass cyclists too closely thereby putting the more vulnerable road user at risk. This includes the typical lane width adopted in much UK practice of 3.65 metres. Use of this lane width should be avoided.

Traffic composition also needs to be taken into account. Where there are larger vehicles, the minimum nearside lane width for safe, comfortable overtaking should be 4.5 metres. It should also be noted that widths greater than 4 metres are preferable for most non-standard cycles because of their additional width.


Response posted on 14th January 2020 by:
David Sharp

E: david.sharp@midlothian.gov.uk
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Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

https://trl.co.uk/sites/default/files/TRL621.pdf
from 2004 reports research and various suggestions for widths to avoid


Response posted on 16th January 2020 by:
David Davies

E: DAVID.DAVIES@PACTS.ORG.UK
T: 02072227738

Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

And this earlier report from TRL.....
Cyclists at road narrowings, TRL report241, Davies, DG, Ryley, TJ,Taylor, SB,Halliday, ME 1997

A bit dated now but the issues have not changed.
https://trl.co.uk/reports/TRL241


Response posted on 16th January 2020 by:
Mark Gregory

E: mark.gregory@atkinsglobal.com
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Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

LTN 2/08 Cycle Infrastructure section 5.7 provides good advice on widths between islands.


Response posted on 24th January 2020 by:
peter.cornwell

E: peter.cornwell@homecall.co.uk
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Pedestrian Refuges & Cyclists

It can also be useful to keep plugging the education message to both drivers and cyclists that cyclists are recommended to use the Primary riding position (centre of the 'driving' line) in areas of increased danger to them - ie at refuges / junctions, to encourage drivers to wait until it is safe too overtake

See Bikeability Guidance

Pete


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