Bradford Cycling Campaign
Bradford Cycling Campaign aims to make Bradford a City of Cycling by encouraging cycle friendliness in the city and campaigning to tackle the obstacles we face such as bad driving, excessive traffic and insufficient infrastructure.
Current DfT consultations.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
No current safe cycle/ family cycle route connects the NCN on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Towpath route, with lower Baildon (Hoyle Court etc) and Esholt Lane, via Buck Lane. Need for joint use provision, toucans etc. Current bridleway from Buck Lane includes a horse style and is not suitable for families with bikes. tandems etc. Jctn Roundwood Road/ Otley Road is a nightmare to cross at the best of times, and lack of traffic signals at so busy a junction, is ludicrous. Site visit arranged with Road Safety Officer, July 2016. BMDC advises (Oct 2016) cost for improvements to be £12k (not including traffic signals at bottom of Roundwood Road) and is on schedule for Area Committee. BMDC since indicated that they would survey the jct with Roundwood Road to ascertain whether traffic signals might be justified there.
The A6038 Otley Road through the centre of Shipley, requires a radical re-think for both cyclists and pedestrians. There are one or two short, slightly ambiguous joint-use paths near the railway station, but this very busy multi-lane dual carriageway needs proper, demarcated facilities on both sides of the road, with decent crossing places (toucans) throughout. Extend this down Briggate, too, as far as the junction with the station access road.
Traffic signals are devoid of any form of cycle infrastructure. Narrow lanes in all directions, ambiguous signs, and a pinch point formed by a tight inside bend on a kerb just where two lanes merge into one (Bradford-bound) make for a clumsy, poorly-engineered piece of highway which has also attracted many complaints from motorists. Meetings between JC and two senior engineers, and later between JC, DR and a traffic road safety engineer, resulted in nothing; although if, at some point in the future, there need to be some works here, BMDC might consider ASLs, depending on capacity issues. The pinch point issue remains, and could have been avoided had BMDC consulted cyclists in the early stages of design. Very unsatisfactory.
Sections of the cycle lane on the A6038 Hollins Hill, between Baildon and Guiseley, have been narrowed by vegetation ingress. Bradford Council, please restore the cycle lane to its former width.
There is no safe route from the northern (unadopted) end of the Canal Road Greenway, to the NCN Aire Valley Towpath route. At present, Carnegie Drive dumps cyclists onto A657 Briggate (commonly referred to incorrectly at this point as Leeds Road), and one needs to turn right and then left across some very busy traffic in order to find refuge on Dock Lane. Dock Lane itself, although 'quiet' for most of the day (busy during rush hour) has a hazardous, narrow, blind kink in the middle, at a railway bridge. There are no warning signs.
This is a well established traffic-free path which avoids a busy section of South Street Keighley and some busy junctions. For cycling purposes,it simply needs a bit of resurfacing and, perhaps, some legal issues sorting out, to make it a perfectly usable cycle path. It is wide and there are no obvious conflict issues.