[Bug] Bug Digest, Vol 16, Issue 3

Combelas, Claudie Claudie.Combelas at warwick.ac.uk
Mon Jan 21 08:10:58 GMT 2008


Hi George and all.
I completely agree with Catherine, I also cycle from Earlsdon and am
always petrified that cars will pull out of their drives on Kenilworth
Road without looking.  This has happened to me on several occasions.
The other obstructions referred to are also correct and on the whole the
road is a safer option.
The Earlsdon portion of the cycle path is shared with pedestrians and
simply not wide enough for both in sections. Also crossing Stoneleigh
Avenue and Beechwood Avenue can be dangerous as vehicles turn left at
speed without consideration for cyclists.
Best wishes
Claudie

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   1. Re: Comments on the Kenilworth Road Cycle track (Fenn, Catherine)
   2. Re: Comments on the Kenilworth Road Cycle track (George Riches)


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Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 12:55:26 -0000
From: "Fenn, Catherine" <C.A.Fenn at warwick.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [Bug] Comments on the Kenilworth Road Cycle track
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Hi George,

Thanks for forwarding this:

Kenilworth Road is part of my commute to work (by MTB) when travelling
via Earlsdon (also occasionally go back and forth to Kenilworth).

For a confident cyclist, the 'cycling on the road' option provides a
good even surface on a road that (in comparison to the rest of my
journey through Coventry) has a low volume of traffic and is plenty wide
enough.

Have heard from other less confident cyclists and those with children
(groups not looking to go anywhere fast) that the track is useful
option.

Following several attempts to use the cycle track find myself feeling
much safer on the road.

Why?
1. road crossings - hazard easily avoided by using the road
2. there are 20+ private drives dissecting the track - rough ride and
already had a near miss from a car turning right through busy traffic
and simply not seeing me!? (in full high viz gear with double lights...)
3. vehicles parked/abandoned on track - JCB digger, EON vans, private
cars etc. etc.
4. when travelling in Kenilworth direction feel safer keeping to road
than crossing road at Crackley Hill where the track abruptly
stops/starts on bend
5. with no cycle track option on Gibbet Hill Road feels safer to turn
road to road than cycle track to road

Hope this feedback is of use.
Cheers,
Cath 



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Subject: [Bug] Comments on the Kenilworth Road Cycle track

The Kenilworth Road Cycle track was extended from Cannon Hill Road to
Crackley in November 2006.

Michael Groll, the transport planner behind the extension, would like to
know the views of cyclists about the scheme. The Bicycle User group is a
good forum for expressing opinions.

What about the crossings of side roads?

Is the tactile paving is uncomfortable to ride over? Does it present a
skid hazard?

Is flooding a problem? Leaves? Are there any other problems?

Does the track's existence cause you cycle to the university more often?
Do you know of anyone who cycles more often due to the track? Does it
appear that more cyclists are using the highway now than were prior to
the building of the track? Note in law the highway includes the track,
carriageway & footway.

Robert O'Toole commented in late 2006:
http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/rbotoole/entry/cross_in_3
http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/rbotoole/entry/evidence_of_the/
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Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:46:56 +0000
From: George Riches <G.Riches at warwick.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [Bug] Comments on the Kenilworth Road Cycle track
To: "Fenn, Catherine" <C.A.Fenn at warwick.ac.uk>
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Hello Catherine,

I'll pass your points on to Michael Groll.

A couple of points regarding this and points made by others:

1) When I used the stretch between Cannon Hill Road & Kenpas Highway
last Tuesday, I noticed that the driveways were being resurfaced.

2) An alternative to using Kenilworth Road for the whole journey from
Kenpas Highway to Gibbet Hill Road is to take the first left on
Kenilworth Road into Cannon Hill Road.  From there take the first left
(The Shrubberies), left again (Riverford Croft), along the emergency
access to Heritage Croft, turn right there and then left at Moreall
Meadows to reach the Gibbet Hill site.  I believe this to be a shorter
route than straight down Kenilworth Road and certainly a more pleasant
one.
Another alternative is to use the cycle track which connects Cannon Hill
Road to Bransford Ave to access the the main site's Claycroft entrance.


Cheers

George

---- Reply to the following message from Fenn, Catherine (time-stamped
with 18/01/2008 12:55) ----:

> Hi George,
> 
> Thanks for forwarding this:
> 
> Kenilworth Road is part of my commute to work (by MTB) when travelling
> via Earlsdon (also occasionally go back and forth to Kenilworth).
> 
> For a confident cyclist, the 'cycling on the road' option provides a
> good even surface on a road that (in comparison to the rest of my
> journey through Coventry) has a low volume of traffic and is plenty
wide
> enough.
> 
> Have heard from other less confident cyclists and those with children
> (groups not looking to go anywhere fast) that the track is useful
> option.
> 
> Following several attempts to use the cycle track find myself feeling
> much safer on the road.
> 
> Why?
> 1. road crossings - hazard easily avoided by using the road
> 2. there are 20+ private drives dissecting the track - rough ride and
> already had a near miss from a car turning right through busy traffic
> and simply not seeing me!? (in full high viz gear with double
lights...)
> 3. vehicles parked/abandoned on track - JCB digger, EON vans, private
> cars etc. etc.
> 4. when travelling in Kenilworth direction feel safer keeping to road
> than crossing road at Crackley Hill where the track abruptly
> stops/starts on bend
> 5. with no cycle track option on Gibbet Hill Road feels safer to turn
> road to road than cycle track to road
> 
> Hope this feedback is of use.
> Cheers,
> Cath 
> 
> 
> 



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