Accidents on the new cycle lane
MASONS CORNER IS NOW AN ACCIDENT BLACK SPOT
On Thursday 2nd March there was accident on Masons Corner. The bus going down Green Lanes hit the black car turning up Green Dragon Lane. The blue car following the bus had to break sharply and ended up over the cycle lane kerb. Fortunately on this occasion no one was hurt.
Residents have mentioned other accidents in relation to the new cycle lanes, whcih may or may not have been reported to the police and Enfield Council. The police are being asked to provide details. So far nobody has been seriously hurt, but many residents, including cyclists beliee that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.
Please be even more cautious when driving and walking around the areas where the cycle lane is being constructed and on the completed sections. Here are some of the places where accidents have already happened or there are concerns about safety risks.
When heading south approaching Masons Corner, many drivers have hit the concrete cycle lane border, because they are focusing on traffic turning up Green Dragon Lane.
Beware also of the concrete divider when turning left out of Green Dragon Lane
A number of drivers are reported to have hit this concrete divider, presumably this is why there is a cone in it. At night both of these concrete cycle lane dividers on Masons Corner are invisible as they are not lit.
Danger to cyclists as well as motorists?
The black marks on the edge of the border suggest that cyclists are also hitting these concrete borders
MIND THE HUMP
On the north side of the Masons Corner junction, the hump is very pronounced. If you stand on Masons Corner it won't be long before you hear a loud metallic noise as a lorry, bus or another large vehicle goes over the big bump. There have been reports that buses are being damaged and at lerast one has had to be towed away.
Watch out also for the botched attempt to address the problem with the hump on the left side of Green Dragon Lane.
Paul Burke cycle journalist for the Evening Standard:
"At best, speed humps make cycling very uncomfortable. At worst, they make it dangerous".
"Councils such as Islington would lay them like land mines along practically every road in the borough. Ken Clarke, the minister who first introduced speed humps did not reckon on the vicious zeal with which councils would use these "damn things" to wage war on the motorist. And neither did he foresee how dangerous that war would become, not for motorists but for cyclists.
If you cycle in London, you'll know exactly what I mean. Hemmed in on one side by a row of parked cars, and on the other by traffic moving just fast enough to kill you but not fast enough to overtake you. Then someone in one of those parked cars opens a door and knocks you clean off your bike!.
REDUCED VISABILITY FROM SIDE ROADS
This photo also shows clearly how drivers pulling out of junctions have poor visibility because of the cycle lane.
WHERE ARE THE BUFFER STRIPS?
The cycle lane design drawings show a buffer between the cycle lanes and car parking.
However, there is no strip on the sections on Ridge Avenue.
The road is too narrow.
MIND THE ORCAS
People have been tripping over the orcas, the plastic strips which are used to segregate the cycle lanes.
London London Ambulance Service has stated
"light segregation can and does create trip hazards on public roads – and increases casualties to a point where various schemes have been taken out in London and other areas of the UK."
A number of councils, including City of London and Camden were starting to take them out, even berfore work started on the A105.
BUS BOARDERS - ACCIDENTS ARE ALREADY HAPPENING
This is one of the new bus boaders, where passengers have to cross the cycle lane to get on and off the bus. Buses now have to stop in the middle of the road, as there is no longer any room to overtake.
There will be 27 of these bus stops between Enfield Town and Broomfield Avenue in Palmers Green, including the heavily used bus stop opposite Sainsburys and in our shopping parades,
Note that the bus stop is located in the middle of someone's drive, another potential hazard.
Notice also how far they protrude into the road.
One women has written her car off after hitting a bus boarder. To quote:
"I unfortunately had a car accident along Park Avenue on 28th February at about 8.15pm and caught the near side of my car on a protruding bus stop, which resulted in two flat tyres and one wheel totally caving in. My car was eleven years old so ended up as a write off. There were no hazard warnings before the bus stop and they were also resurfacing the other side of the road. I've had to buy another car and my old car was going like a dream before this happened. So basically I'm out of pocket!
I'm really angry about this because I feel that these bus stops are a real hazard, the pavement isn't even graduated it just suddenly juts out. I've emailed the council and I've spoken to their insurers in fact they can battle it out with my insurers. Further along Village Road there are little bumps to divide the cycle lane and there is also a little bit of pavement on Masons corner which divides the cycle lane and the main road just on the bend. This is so dangerous for cyclists and cars alike. I've been a cyclist in the past and it will only take a slight swerve over one of these bumps or the raised pavement and there could be a terrible accident".
The cyclist rides up to the level of the pavement.
Look at the debris that has already collected on the new cycle lane.
Is Enfield Council going to keep these lanes clear?
This elderly lady was strolling about on the cycle lane in front of the bus stop apparently totally oblivious that she was standing in the middle of a cycle lane.
INCREASED DANGERS FOR RESIDENTS GETTING OUT OF THEIR DRIVES
Here is an email written by a resident about the damage caused to cars of visitors to her home, by the steep kerb.
To get out of her drive she has to cross the bus stop and cycle lane and to avoid the kerb which has caused damage to vehicles she has to pull out into the middle of the road, over the white line.
I am writing to you once again regarding the drive & cycle lane outside the above address.
May I first remind you that a 'bus stop' is right outside my property with another 'bus stop' right opposite (which has never been a problem in the past) but with the cycle lane now in place & the fact that the 'bus stop area' has been built out considerably into the road, this has meant the width of the road has been halved on both sides of the road cutting the width of the whole road by HALF.
Over the past week, several people who have had to drive into my drive, have been appalled at how difficult & dangerous it is to enter - & in particular - exit my drive. They said it is dangerous because they had to cross the middle white line when turning left out of the drive subsequently making the oncoming traffic stop to let them out. This was precisely my original complaint! This is a dangerous maneuver & waiting for an accident to happen any day! When Rilwan Oshingbade came to look into my original complaint, he had no car so was unable to understand this for himself. Anyone leaving my drive has to pull right over to the right to line the car up to turn left - 'I' know this BUT VISITORS who have never driven in or out of my drive before DON'T & find it very difficult & dangerous. Would you please send someone IN A CAR to try this maneuver themselves because it's not just me complaining, it's all my visitors!
Also the kerb is so deep now, you daren't go over it as it will damage the car tyres. One particular visitor, on leaving my drive, caught his tyre on the kerb & damaged the under side of his car!
Also the workmen have done more work on the cycle lane outside my house since I last wrote to you & they have left the surface where the drive meets the road so uneven, the car 'jolts' heavily from side to side as you go in & out of the drive. I have had a number of years with back problems & I certainly feel the 'jolt' in my back as I go in & out now - also this will eventually ruin my tyres! This simply MUST be put right.
I was willing to wait to see if the cycle lane was beneficial for cyclists but had not considered it would be such a hazard to car drivers! I'm not complaining for the sake of just complaining but this is now a serious matter & the whole 'cycle lane' idea MUST be looked into with some urgency. I would appreciate a reply to this email as soon as possible please.
No action has been taken by Enfield Council as yet to recify this problem. The stock answer is that the council will monitor the situation.
Is this an accident waiting to happen?
REPORTING ACCIDENTS AND POTENTIAL HAZARDS
A105 SAFETY AUDIT
A independent safety audit was conducted, A Road Safety Audit Overview considers the road safety implications of a scheme on all roads users, particularly vulnerable users. The RSA team are independent from the designers and identify potential risks and mitigation measures for consideration by the designer and client.
If you read the report you will see that it raised many safety concerns. You can see that the designers and Enfield Council have chosen to disregard the majority of its findings because they are trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot. The findings of Enfield Council's own expert advisors have been largely ignored. The stock answer is that the situation will be monitored.
RSA is not a single procedure but a series of stages carried out pre and post implementation.
Stage 1: Completion of Preliminary Design / Conceptual Design
Carried out as soon as practicable following completion of the preliminary design, when the scheme is sufficiently progressed so that all
significant features are clearly shown.
Stage 2: Completion of Detailed Design
Carried out as soon as practicable after the detailed design is sufficiently progressed so that it could be constructed.
Stage 3: Completion of Construction
Carried out as soon as practicable after the works are complete.
Stage 4: Monitoring
Carried out when monitoring identifies an emerging collision problem.
YET ONLY THE FIRST STAGE REPORT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SECOND SAFETY REPORT BEFORE ANY CONSTRUCTION WORK STARTED.
This page is work in progress. Many pedestrian crossing refuges are being removed, encouraging people to take more risks when crossing the road.
Please report any examples where you thing there is an accident waiting to happen.
There have been dozens of reports of adverse incidents and accidents as a result of the installation of the cycle lanes. Do you have anything to report?