Shared use areas
Proposed shared use areas within the Go Cycle programme are being developed in collaboration with disability and cycling groups, arbitrated by an independent accessibility consultancy.
Any shared use space will be carefully designed to help reduce potential conflict between cyclists and pedestrians, and will, where possible, include measures such as improved signage, training, enforcement and in-situ trials if necessary.
The concept of shared use areas was reviewed by a Council Task and Finish Group in late 2016. The membership of this group was made up of councillors supported by officers, consultants, Kingston Centre for Independent Living, Transport for London, the Centre for Accessible Environments and the Kingston Cycling Campaign.
The Task and Finish Group agreed on a number of design and enforcement measures relevant to all shared use areas in Go Cycle schemes across the borough. These were subsequently approved at the Residents Committee in February 2017.
Go Cycle Design Approach
In general, cyclists will be separated from pedestrians as far as is practicable. However, there are two main scenarios where shared space may be considered:
In locations where there is insufficient space to safely provide segregated facilities for all road users' needs. Typically this may occur at junctions, narrow road sections and bus stops.
- In locations where the function as a 'place' or 'destination' takes higher priority than function as a 'route', such as in the town centre.
In practice the two criteria above may both be present to a certain extent, such as at the junction of Wheatfield Way and Old London Road in the Wheatfield Way project.
The design process is in accordance with Department for Transport and TfL advice.
In addition, 'Accessibility Audits' by independent consultants have been commissioned for all Go Cycle designs. The audit scope specifically includes making assessments and recommendations on the needs for visually impaired and disabled road users.
'Equality Impact Assessment Audits' have been undertaken to help evaluate the likely impact of changes and identify improvements to aid inclusion, particularly for the vulnerable (disabled, elderly, children, ethnic minorities) that wish to cycle more regularly but are intimidated by riding with road traffic.
During detailed design of each proposed Go Cycle scheme we will consider further elimination or reduction of shared space use wherever possible.
Where elements of shared space exist, bespoke designs will be carried out followed by careful monitoring in conjunction with visually impaired representatives.
Task and Finish Group
Following representations from the Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) a councillor led cross-party Task and Finish Group was established to look at how to optimise shared space areas for people with visual impairments and mobility issues.
The recommendations were reported to the Resident's Committee in February 2017.
The Committee approved the recommendations for various design measures, including provision of contrasting surfacing for cycleways, delineation between footways and shared use spaces, and appropriate signage.
In addition, the Residents Committee approved awareness, training, education and enforcement measures to help ensure cyclists modify their riding behaviour, in particular in shared space areas.
The measures approved by the Residents Committee will be incorporated into the Kingston Station and Wheatfield Way projects and applied elsewhere if needed.