Post by Bracken Van Ryssen on Feb 27, 2014 14:43:15 GMT
I think overall the forum was pretty good.
The focus on looking at highway provision was welcome, as it is a key area of cycle provision.
The idea of there being a set of design standards for B'ham has merit as well, I just hope that they are taken more as minimum standards than guidelines. The theme appeared to be an increasing awareness for the need for quality cycle provision, balanced against the short time frame and DfT regulations.
I felt the draft designs mirrored this with designs mirroring the cycle superhighway designs that have received so much bad press in London, critiqued as being little more than blue paint full of parked cars and left-turning HGVs. Like the superhighways the designs still appeared to fail to deal effectively with turning conflicts and junctions.
However, I do recognise that there are limitations on what can be done here and now, and BCC do appear to be attempting to push through changes to DfT regulations (such as the 'tiger' crossings). What I would seek to confirm with BCC is if the designs will actually progress significantly as legal barriers lift in the future.