Safety improvements planned for University Road

Safety improvements planned for University Road

Safety improvements planned for University Road

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SAFETY improvements and a new cycle route are being proposed for a road at the University of York.

City of York Council, in partnership with the university , wants to carry out the works in University Road to help make the area more accessible and safer for students and residents.

If approved at a Cabinet Member decision session on August 7, the proposed cycle path will extend along the northern side of the road between Siwards Way and Innovation Way roundabouts.

The safety improvements, in the vicinity of the bus stops near the Morrell Library, include off-road shared cycle/pedestrian facilities through the bus stop area.

There would also be crossing improvements incorporating two raised speed table crossings and two pairs of speed cushions within a 20mph Zone to maintain low traffic speeds, with removal of existing central islands.

The eastbound bus stop would be re-located to a position just to the west of Morrell Way and two new stepped accesses would be constructed to Morrell Library, one providing more direct access to the overhead footbridge from Market Square and another from Morrell Way, with the existing steps removed.

The work, expected to take place during August and September, prior to the start of the new academic year, follows consultation with councillors, Heslington Parish Council, students and other interested parties.

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11:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

BL2 says...

Here we go again. Raised cushions / humps / whatever won't improve safety! They just damage vehicles.
Here we go again. Raised cushions / humps / whatever won't improve safety! They just damage vehicles. BL2
  • Score: 57

1:20pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Shared use isn't very safe either.
Shared use isn't very safe either. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 20

1:36pm Thu 31 Jul 14

yorkiemum says...

It's a shame they can't finish the cycle path running down the side of the A1237 I've seen cyclists taking their lives in their hands trying to cross the road after finding it going nowhere!!!
It's a shame they can't finish the cycle path running down the side of the A1237 I've seen cyclists taking their lives in their hands trying to cross the road after finding it going nowhere!!! yorkiemum
  • Score: 12

1:47pm Thu 31 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Great, can't wait - not!
Great, can't wait - not! MrsHoney
  • Score: 5

8:42pm Thu 31 Jul 14

munkey_mac says...

Lets hope the Uni fund this from their bulging pockets as the Council apparently have financial issues. While your at it, open up the restrictive silly one way junction at field lane that causes morning tailbacks to Grimston Bar and do away with the accident or road rage waiting to happen chicanes on Main street.
Lets hope the Uni fund this from their bulging pockets as the Council apparently have financial issues. While your at it, open up the restrictive silly one way junction at field lane that causes morning tailbacks to Grimston Bar and do away with the accident or road rage waiting to happen chicanes on Main street. munkey_mac
  • Score: 5

2:12am Fri 1 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Shared use isn't very safe either.
As has been shown outside the Minster
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Shared use isn't very safe either.[/p][/quote]As has been shown outside the Minster Magicman!
  • Score: -5

2:16am Fri 1 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Some parts of this I can't understand... the idea is to have an off-road cycle route on the North side of the road, so if you've been cycling on the road you will find the cycle route appears just as you are about to go downhill - surely it'd make more sense to have the off-road cycle route on the other side of the route so that when you're trying to cycle *uphill* you haven't got a line of cars up your trumpet unable to overtake because of the endless line of traffic islands blocking the way.......
Some parts of this I can't understand... the idea is to have an off-road cycle route on the North side of the road, so if you've been cycling on the road you will find the cycle route appears just as you are about to go downhill - surely it'd make more sense to have the off-road cycle route on the other side of the route so that when you're trying to cycle *uphill* you haven't got a line of cars up your trumpet unable to overtake because of the endless line of traffic islands blocking the way....... Magicman!
  • Score: 1

8:49am Fri 1 Aug 14

Save The Cheerleader says...

This is ridiculous.

When I first moved to York, this stretch of road was nice, well kept, wide, had no bollards and 40mph.

Students had two bridges and multiple ways of cycling around the university to avoid the road. These are adults we're talking about not children.

The bollards were introduced, and speed limit dropped to 30mph . These bollards are really dangerous for cyclists, as one, I have been clipped many times by drivers trying to overtake me. I don't blame them. The bollards are stupid.
These bollards are really dangerous for cars too, in the early introduction of them, my neighbour smacked into one once because someone had taken the original plastic cone for a walk.
This has encouraged cyclists to cycle on the pavement.
If you go on University road about 7:30-7:45 you'll see a man regularly cycling on the pavement to go to work.

1. Yes - put a nice cycle lane on the north side - would help get to the science park from melrosegate. But don't use the road, use the grass verge.
2. Put a cycle path on the south side too if you can - that's where our chap above cycles every morning.
3. DO NOT PUT CUSHIONS OR REDUCE THE SPEED - it really isn't necessary.
4. Put one or more pelican crossings to save the lemmings from running across the road for the bus.
5. Make the bus lanes indented, so they do not block the flow of traffic.
6. Put railings all the way down the road to stop the lemmings from attempting to prove Darwin right (joke - but seriously, It's like the Chinese students laugh and giggle as they nearly get run over because they forget which way to look - I see this a lot!).
This is ridiculous. When I first moved to York, this stretch of road was nice, well kept, wide, had no bollards and 40mph. Students had two bridges and multiple ways of cycling around the university to avoid the road. These are adults we're talking about not children. The bollards were introduced, and speed limit dropped to 30mph . These bollards are really dangerous for cyclists, as one, I have been clipped many times by drivers trying to overtake me. I don't blame them. The bollards are stupid. These bollards are really dangerous for cars too, in the early introduction of them, my neighbour smacked into one once because someone had taken the original plastic cone for a walk. This has encouraged cyclists to cycle on the pavement. If you go on University road about 7:30-7:45 you'll see a man regularly cycling on the pavement to go to work. 1. Yes - put a nice cycle lane on the north side - would help get to the science park from melrosegate. But don't use the road, use the grass verge. 2. Put a cycle path on the south side too if you can - that's where our chap above cycles every morning. 3. DO NOT PUT CUSHIONS OR REDUCE THE SPEED - it really isn't necessary. 4. Put one or more pelican crossings to save the lemmings from running across the road for the bus. 5. Make the bus lanes indented, so they do not block the flow of traffic. 6. Put railings all the way down the road to stop the lemmings from attempting to prove Darwin right (joke - but seriously, It's like the Chinese students laugh and giggle as they nearly get run over because they forget which way to look - I see this a lot!). Save The Cheerleader
  • Score: 3

8:54am Fri 1 Aug 14

Save The Cheerleader says...

Oh - and I agree - the Heslington roundabout - this roundabout and junction used to have NO traffic congestion WHATSOEVER.

At rush hour, especially ~5:00->5:30 this roundabout becomes gridlock due to the silly chicanes which could have just been pelican crossings too.

And don't get me started about the James Street junction with Lawrence street, It's highly dangerous to pedestrians walking to/from town as well as to motorists. Going into town, why would you ever think to look RIGHT for traffic when you're in the middle of the island. Nearly copped it a few times there. Also the phasing on those lights mean that one light is amber whilst another has just turned green!!! Retarded.
Oh - and I agree - the Heslington roundabout - this roundabout and junction used to have NO traffic congestion WHATSOEVER. At rush hour, especially ~5:00->5:30 this roundabout becomes gridlock due to the silly chicanes which could have just been pelican crossings too. And don't get me started about the James Street junction with Lawrence street, It's highly dangerous to pedestrians walking to/from town as well as to motorists. Going into town, why would you ever think to look RIGHT for traffic when you're in the middle of the island. Nearly copped it a few times there. Also the phasing on those lights mean that one light is amber whilst another has just turned green!!! Retarded. Save The Cheerleader
  • Score: 0

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