Cycle Streets With 15mph Limit And No Overtaking
New Cycle Streets Could Cut Road Casualties
The Government is considering introducing cycle streets where cars cannot overtake bikes or exceed fifteen miles per-hour. This proposal – that has been revealed via the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions consultation document – could be implemented in cities such as London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Oxford. Routes would be lightly trafficked with a high number of cyclists. The purpose of the initiative is to reduce the number of cyclists killed and injured. The typical figure is more than one-hundred deaths per-annum and nineteen thousand injuries. As such, motorists that flout the rules could be fined one-hundred pounds and receive penalty points. The latter could increase the cost of motor insurance, etc. This initiative – which is described in the consultation document as “bold” - mimics similar concepts in Holland and Germany which ensure cyclists receive priority over cars.
Further Proposals To Make Cycling In The United Kingdom Safer
The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions document has revealed other concepts to make riding safer. They relate to traffic signs, road markings, etc. and include:
- Cycle safety mirrors (trixi mirrors).
- 'No Entry Except Cycles' signing.
- Cycle filter signals.
- Use of a red cycle aspect on cycle-only traffic lights.
- Cycle route branding - for example, wider national use of Transport for London's Cycle Superhighways branding and the new Quietways signing.
- Larger Advanced Stop Lines to provide more capacity for cyclists.
- New road markings to help indicate cycle routes through junctions.
- Wider cycle lane markings.
- The use of the square white elephant's footprints markings to indicate the route for cyclists through a traffic signal controlled junction.
- Greater flexibility in designing twenty miles per-hour zones and limits.
- Advanced Stop Lines covering only part of the width of the road - for example, across one lane only.
- Removing the requirement for signs indicating off-road cycle routes to be lit.
- Allowing smaller signs for off-road cycle route.
- Allowing zig-zag markings at pedestrian crossings to be offset from the kerb by up to two metre, to allow cycle lanes to continue through the controlled area.
- Where pedestrian zone signs include the 'no motor vehicles' sign, the zone will be referred to as a 'pedestrian and cycle zone'. This will help people's understanding of the difference between the 'no vehicles' and 'no motor vehicles' signs.