Boost to safer cycling in Harlow
Politics / Sat 22nd Jun 2019 pm30 03:45pm
Boost to safer cycling in Essex
Essex first cyclist “Parallel Crossing” has been built in Chester Hall Lane, Basildon with a second currently under construction in Victoria Road South, Chelmsford.
Further Parallel Crossings are being designed for:
• Hamstel Rd, Harlow
• New St, Chelmsford
• Great Waltham
• Goojerat Road, Colchester
• Chester Hall Lane, Basildon
• Ballards Walk, Colchester
Parallel Crossings enable cyclists to cross a road safely and with the same level of priority as a zebra crossing gives a pedestrian. They are designed to make cyclists’ journeys easier and more reliable, giving them priority over all traffic on the road.
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said: “Parallel Crossings are a key part of our efforts to grow cycling in Essex. If we are to limit congestion, keep people and local goods deliveries moving while at the same time reducing pollution, then we must promote cycling as an alternative transport. Part of that effort is making cycling more efficient and safer and therefore a more attractive option.”
There are six parallel crossings currently planned for Essex which will be built either as additions to existing zebra crossings, or as new zebra and parallel combined crossings. Several examples are already working successfully in London, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Nottingham. Just as pedestrians have priority on zebra crossings, so do cyclists on parallel crossings, which are indicated by parallel broken white lines running across the road a few yards from the zebra crossing.
Parallel crossings work the same way as zebra crossings with the cyclist slowing down and ensuring they have been seen by approaching traffic before attempting to cross the road once the traffic has slowed and stopped for them.