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Cycle Lane Hours

#CycleHoursBeta

Status: IN ALPHA (exploring)

Current Status: Active

Project Stage(s): Concept

Live Trial Location(s): Pending > Onsite > Removed 

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(Why are trials removed?)

CHALLENGE:

Many/most cycle lanes in the city (including -andatory ones) are only 07.00-19.00, Monday-Saturday. (Many also have further hours during the day during which they cease to operate - eg as per the main photo.)

This means that they stop being cycle lanes precisely when...

  • it's darker and therefore less safe to cycle,

  • there's less traffic, and so traffic speeds will naturally be faster (emptier roads),

  • less experienced cyclists will be out and about - eg people out cycling for leisure or families cycling together during evenings or on Sundays.

It also means that people driving become used to often driving into or parking on cycle lanes. This complicates and blurs the understanding of when it's OK to do so, and also lowers the perception of how we view cycling and safety of people cycling in the city in general. 

It's unclear why there's suddenly a need for more parking 19.00-07.00 Monday-Saturday and on Sundays which is precisely when we've otherwise identified as being 'off-peak' for traffic volumes. So is there simply displacement of parking from paid spaces to free spaces during these periods?

Having a rule which changes according to times and days also complicates parking restrictions, requiring additional understanding on the part of the driver parking. For example cars parking overnight are clamped the next morning as the space becomes a cycle lane again. If the presumption is that people may need to park outside their home in the evening, it's unclear why there's an assumption that they also wouldn't need to park there between 07.00-19.00.

PROPOSITION:

[Should cycle lane hours reflect the 'anytime' nature of cycling? Trial not yet designed.]

DESCRIPTION:

[Trial not yet designed.]

OUTCOMES:

[Trial not yet complete.]

DECISION:

[Trial not yet complete.]

NEXT STEPS:

[Trial not yet complete.]

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