Friday, 1 April 2016

The big problem with cycle superhighways

It's great to see the number of segregated cycle tracks starting to appear on London's streets. These are great pieces of cycle infrastructure, that will enable people of all ages to cycle in London who wouldn't have been able to previously.

Or do they?

A picture posted by Carlton Reid on Twitter just the other day shows a massive design flaw of the segregated cycle superhighways, yet nobody within the cycle campaigning community seems to have picked up on it.

These so-called "low level signals" are meant to be at the eye level for a cyclist. BUT HOW CAN THESE BE CONSIDERED EYE LEVEL FOR A CHILD?

RED for bad, and GREEN showing where a lower level signal should be
If we really expect children to be using these routes, then we should be catering for them. Low level signals are clearly designed to discriminate against children. Therefore cycling campaigns must start campaigning for signal equality for children.

To fix this problem, I propose the creation of the "lower level signal" This will work in conjunction with existing low level signals to create this required signal equality for children

A lower level signal working in conjunction with a low level signal working in conjunction with a normal level signal

Look how simple it is to add proper equality for children
Please sign the petition to introduce lower level signals today, to enable to children to experience the same signal equality as adult cyclists. If children are unable to use the new superhighways, it puts all future cycling infrastructure at risk! Don't let that happen.


Won't somebody think of the children?


  1. Yet again more evidence of the motoring cabal poisoning our otherwise human friendly streets. This is something up with which we must not put.
    I have signed you petition with gladness. And like you I ain't never gonna give (you) up.

  2. You could just lower the current low level signals by maybe 20 cm. I know you Brits like to measure things in miles, feet and inches, but go to France and pick up a 30 cm ruler and get on with it. Oh wait a minute, I just realized that today is April 1. I didn't pick up on it because where I live, it's 6 in the morning, and still dark outside, so I don't associate it with a new day.

    I suggest that in your next (serious) blog post that you actually talk about things like the two stage turn boxes, the upstand on those kerbs (curbs if you must), and the signals being overused to control cycle - cycle and pedestrian - cycle conflicts.

    I am learning Dutch. Phone me if you need broken Dutch spoken perfectly. I am starting with the alphabet. Glottal Gs are the biggest challenge, otherwise it sounds mostly like les francais alphabet.

  3. Instructions unclear. Got myself in a Never Gonna Give You Up music video.