Eleanor Street needs more than 20mph signs

The new 20mph signs on Eleanor St, as seen from Hainton Square.

The new 20mph signs on Eleanor St, as seen from Hainton Square.

Making Eleanor St a 20mph limit is a small step in the right direction, but without cameras & other improvements it’s something of a waste of time. Virtually no-one is respecting the new speed limit. I doubt many drivers have even seen the signs.

However, the speed of traffic there is not the only problem. Firstly, there’s no room for cyclists heading away from the town centre. Traffic squeezes past you dangerously close. And secondly, heading into the town centre is dangerous becausealthough there is a painted-on lane it’s not physically separated from the oncoming traffic. Additionally, the road surface is rough and uncomfortable for cycling on.

So, to make it a cycling-friendly route make it one lane of traffic with two physically segregated cycle lanes either side, surfaced with smooth asphalt. Traffic approaching Hainton Square on Ellis Way (arriving from Asda/town centre) does so in two lanes. Make the left hand lane a left turn for Freeman St or straight on into Eleanor St. Make the right hand lane a right turn only into Hainton Ave. This leaves just the one lane for motor traffic on Eleanor St.

By then adding a speed camera on Eleanor St the new 20mph limit would be enforced, making it a safe route for cyclists. This is a major route to & from the town centre for cyclists so please make it safe to cycle on. Just sticking 20mph signs up is not a solution!

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Intermodality (Copenhagen Design 3)

This is the third in a series of ten videos from Copenhagenize.com, looking at the most important design elements in Copenhagen’s impressive bicycle culture.

Here in Episode 03 of our series produced by über intern Ivan Conte we explore how Intermodality is a key to Copenhagen’s success as a bicycle-friendly city.

You should be able to have your bicycle with you from the moment you leave your home until you get back – all day and night long – without a hitch.

Intermodality, when done right, is Supermodality.

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