Harrow council is proposing to convert a semi-circle at the junction of Alexandra Avenue, Treganna Avenue and Arundel Drive to one-way operation. Unfortunately there will be no exemption to the one-way system for cyclists, meaning that some cycle routes joining or leaving the Alexandra Avenue cycle track will become long and circuitous.
There are no proposed improvements to the Alexandra Avenue cycle track itself, which suffers from poor surfacing and lack of priority over side roads.
Harrow Cyclists response
We officially objected to this scheme.
Retaining two-way cycle access is recommend in current guidelines and would be safe. We believe that local improvements to the Alexandra Avenue cycle track should be included in this scheme.
The council is going ahead with the scheme as planned, with no modifications. Their response:
I am writing to inform you that your objection has been considered by the Traffic and Highway Asset Service Manager in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Crime & Community Safety and has been set aside.
They did not explain the rationale for the changes, so we emailed them again on 9 Feb 2017:
Thank you for your response. However, we are still unclear as to the justification for the works presented. We believe they will degrade the already poor provision for cycling in this area and contravene Harrow’s Cycling Strategy, the public health policy and the London Cycling Design Standard.Exemption of cyclists from new one way restriction:The London Cycling Design Standard states that cyclists should be exempt from one way restrictions unless it is unsafe. This is a minor road which is wide enough for contraflow cycling, which is permitted in similar situations in other boroughs (which have a much better cycling safety record than Harrow). If safety was a serious concern, a segregated contraflow cycle lane could be built.
Cycle track priority over side roads:A poor design feature of the cycle track when it was originally built was that it did not have priority over side roads, thus making cycling inconvenient and dangerous. The London Cycling Design Standard states that cycle tracks should have priority over side roads. Best practice would be for the track to be slewed gently away from the junction by a car length, which there is space to do here.
Please could you explain Harrow Council’s justification for these two aspects of the scheme.