Prioritising cycling: Grimsby town centre (1)

Ellis Way & Eleanor Street

Credit where credit’s due, and the separated cycleway that runs under the train line alongside the Asda store is an example of how things can be done well. The cycleway, although only a short distance, is separated from both the walkway and the road, it’s surfaced with a smooth asphalt which is pleasant to ride on, and overall it works very well. More cycleways like this would be very welcome!

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However, there is just one criticism: the exit at the traffic lights at Asdas. It could be so much better if it brought you out onto the road straight into a cycle lane, like the one on Weelsby Road near the junction with Ladysmith Road. Instead, it’s a blunt give way straight into the path of oncoming traffic.

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The exit from the cycle path at Weelsby Road onto the cycle lane. Notice how it brings you out straight into the lane, and not having to give way to oncoming traffic.

The exit from the cycle path at Weelsby Road onto the cycle lane. Notice how it brings you out straight into the on-road  cycle lane, not having requiring a give way to oncoming traffic.

Coming from the cycleway by Asda’s along Ellis Way, crossing Hainton Square brings you on to Eleanor Street. This is a popular cycling commute route for those coming to/from Cleethorpes/Humberston heading to/from Grimsby town centre and on to the industrial areas further west.

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Eleanor Street is something of a rat-run! It has a cycle lane heading into town running contra to the one-way traffic, separated only by a line of paint. This lane has a rough surface and feels dangerous whenever there is oncoming traffic. In the other direction, there is no cycle lane and the cyclist has to share the road with two lanes of speeding traffic. This is plainly unsafe.

This stretch of road could be hugely improved by making the following changes:

  • Make the right-hand lane exiting Ellis Way onto Hainton Ave a right turn only lane;
  • Make Eleanor Street a single lane for motorised vehicles, heading away from the town centre (one way, as it is now);
  • This would create space for a separated cycleway on both sides of Eleanor Street, similar to the one pictured earlier on Ellis Way.

This would greatly improve the safety of cyclists on this key link road, and greatly enhance the cross-town route. It would also send the message that cycling is being prioritised. The effect on traffic queues would be no greater than those created on Weelsby Road and Hainton Ave (by the changes made on Pasture St and by creating Peakes Parkway).

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