Councils remove 'hazardous' low level cycle lane dividers

on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Posted in N21 Community


"Dear Enfield Council

Yesterday (10.5.17) afternoon I witnessed for myself someone tripping over these excrescences. The elderly man, who I adjudge was the grandfather of the two small children that he had just collected from the school in Highfield Rd., was attempting to cross Green Lanes with the children in hand from the filling station towards Sainsburys when he tripped and fell. The hapless man was left sprawled face down in the traffic lane with the two small children standing helpless in the traffic lane beside him"


The latest of a string of emails to LBE councillors and officers, about people tripping over the new concrete cycle lane kerbs and orcas/armadillos - the plastic dividers), which now litter the road all the way to Enfield. 



Now watch this short video (ignore the typos) show just how dangers orcas or armadillos are to pedestrians.  


Most of the accidents reported in our area seem to be to elderly people. One women has fractured a leg, leaving her on crutches and housebound; an unknown number have been taken to hospital.

The London Ambulance Service is quoted in the Local Transport Today (LTT) that

"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."













Councils are taking these 'orcas' out - so why is Enfield Council putting them in?

Comments (4)

  • Green lanes resident

    Green lanes resident

    29 January 2017 at 16:02 |
    Ah, now I know what those black and white posts in the photo are for, they're to help pedestrians get up from the tarmac when they have fallen over on the rubber orcas or collided with a cyclist while crossing the cycle lane to board or alight from a bus, or to reach the pavement.
    The Transport for All organisation has called on Transport for London to halt the construction of more floating bus stops until safety concerns are dealt with. What are these safety concerns ? The aswer's simple, the safety of people who have to cross cycle lanes. We are getting 8 floating and 27 bus stops like the one in the photo, all of which require you to cross a cycle lane to reach either the bus or the pavement.
    A better Enfield for all - I don't think so


  • Jacob G

    Jacob G

    06 February 2017 at 12:11 |
    Our council has made Masons Corner UNBELIEVABLY dangerous. Scores of people I have spoken to have hit the concrete kerbs on both sides. Crossing the road is confusing and it won't be long before someone goes into the back of cars parked in the middle of the road. Who in the council is responsible for this?


  • Penny Munro

    Penny Munro

    03 May 2017 at 14:41 |
    Just pulled out from turning by St Stephens and almost hit the row of orcas whilst trying to watch oncoming traffic! What a dangerous disaster waiting to happen


  • David Rendall

    David Rendall

    08 May 2017 at 10:56 |
    These things are such blatant hazards it beggars belief. In construction (as I work) there are minimum heights (good practice) for traffic and pedestrian separation devices, ‎essentially so you can see them. Something this low would definitely get a pull from the health and safety advisor as a trip hazard, so I'm amazed this passed the red tape that is the council.


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