Sixhills Street Superhighway!

Actually, I intensely dislike the term ‘Cycle Superhighway’. It’s so over the top when all you need is to call them is Cycleways (if indeed they’re actually properly designed and separated from traffic, which many so-called Cycle Supehighways are not!)

Sixhills Street is part of the councils so-called Humberston Pedalway, their designated route from Humberston into Grimsby centre for cyclists. Taking this route to cycle into Grimsby town centre, it takes you along Humberston Rd, across Durban Rd and left down Julian St. You have to give way at Weelsby St and Ladysmith Rd, then follow Sixhills St, giving way at Convamore Rd, Heneage Rd and again at Hainton Ave, finally arriving in the town centre via Pasture St rail crossing.

Facing north up Sixhills Street: the junction with Heneage Rd and a traffic-calming bump in the background.

Facing east up Sixhills Street: the junction with Heneage Rd and a traffic-calming bump in the background. (click on picture to enlarge)

At the moment, Sixhills Street is not very cycle friendly. Even though it’s a narrow road it is shared with two-way through traffic and it’s very uncomfortable to ride on due to traffic-calming bumps.

Heading into Grimsby town centre: the junction with Hainton Ave.

Heading into Grimsby town centre: the junction with Hainton Ave.

Continuing into Grimsby town centre along Sixhills Street.

Continuing into Grimsby town centre along Sixhills Street.

However, Sixhills Street presents a perfect opportunity to create something very good. If it’s NE Lincs council’s preferred cycle route into town, then make it something special, something people will want to cycle on. As it is, it’s not a very pleasant experience!

  • Make it closed to vehicular through-traffic, using bollards to allow vehicular access for residents. These would prevent through-traffic for cars and trucks but would allow cyclists a through-route.
  • Make traffic access one way and use the road space freed-up to create a separated two-way cycle lane.
  • These measures would then allow the traffic-calming bumps to be removed, allowing for a smooth, comfortable surface on the cycleway.
  • Put in crossings at Ladysmith Rd and Hainton Ave, and give Sixhills St priority over Weelsby St and Heneage Rd.

These modest measures would allow someone cycling into town on the Humberston Pedalway a degree of continuity, making it feel a bit more like a fully-fledged cycling route, and they would be another step to prioritising cycling.

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3 Responses to Sixhills Street Superhighway!

  1. attackcrank says:

    I’m confused with the what i’m perceiving to be the “bike lanes”. On the top and second image you have the two solid yellow lines and on the last image you have the two yellow solid lines within the standard wide white lines, where are the cyclist supposed to ride within? Both when applicable? Riding and navigating NYC streets is a challenge Nelly but those narrow streets seem very sketchy to say the least.

    • In the UK, double yellow lines mean no parking, they are unrelated to cycling. The only cycle lane in these pictures is the one in the final photo, even though this road is part of one of the main cycling routes into town! You can see why it needs upgrading a tad!! Thanks for your comment.
      Andy

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