Author: Fiets! Let's Cycle Like the Dutch

I'm Ben, aka BicycleBen, a local advocate for active and sustainable travel. I write occasional articles on my blog about local and regional developments for cycling and push for Dutch-style infrastructure and networks through the local cycle forum and consultations. I can be found over on Mastodon (@BicycleBen@mas.to) and Twitter (@BicycleBenUK). If you like what I do and fancy supporting me, you can "buy me a coffee" at Ko-Fi.com/BicycleBen - thank you!
Handlebar view looking across a new road junction with a toucan crossing.

Narrated Quick Look: A New Shared Use Path and Toucan Crossing

A quick look at the new junction that has been installed on the A47 Long Shoot, Nuneaton, and the new bit of (as yet unconnected) shared use space and toucan crossing. This will eventually form part of a broader high quality cycle route on the A47, though this specific junction predates the plans for the cycle scheme – hence the lower quality design.

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A new shared-use path at a significant junction, crossed by a toucan crossing offset to the left from the line of the path.

The Long Wait for the Long Shoot Cycle Scheme

It has been over a year since Warwickshire County Council last responded to a request for an update on the cycle scheme to run alongside the A47 Long Shoot in Nuneaton. This 1.4km scheme was originally put out to public consultation in early 2021. Since then, general updates from the local authority have been sparse and the project subject to delays – not helped by another road junction scheme that was subject to its own overruns. Now, the Council has provided further comment in response to a new request for information.

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Handlebar view of a road junction with three lanes - turn left, turn right, and oncoming traffic - travelling in the centre, "turn right" lane.

Cycling Fail for Junction Redesign

In 2022, Warwickshire County Council redesigned the layout of a rural junction near Ansty – and completely failed to provide anything for cycling. Not even painted lanes and advance stop lines (ASLs). In fact, the new layout is arguably worse than it was for cycling northbound across the junction, given that it presents as a noteable climb.

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Cycle camera view of a main urban road, waiting to turn right to a smaller road. An HGV passes on the left (nearside) as traffic approaches in the opposite direction preventing the turn.

Would you want to cycle here?

This short section of Midland Road in Nuneaton is a link between Stoney Road (and the National Cycle Network) and Stanley Road, a residential area and link through to Stockingford. It’s approximately 160 metres in length but has no cycle facilities. This means using what is a busy main road, intimidating as it is, but especially so when waiting to

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Coventry's Coundon Cycleway, a bidirectional route. This image also includes a pedestrian footpath and zebra crossing, a bus stop, and a general traffic road. It therefore illustrates multi-modal transport.

Evaluating Warwickshire’s Local Transport Plan

Warwickshire County Council is refreshing its Local Transport Plan, and for the past couple of months has had its draft version in consultation for people to comment. That consultation ends on 20 November, and I have finally managed to complete a read through of all of the main strategy documents, compiling notes on what I find good, bad, and somewhere in between, along with my suggestions for improvements.

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