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Unsafe cycling route along the A4320

Reported in the General Highways Enquiry category anonymously at 19:24, Mon 23 September 2019

Sent to Bristol City Council 1 minute later

There are few options for cyclists who want to cross over the Avon River/Canal. The A430 has a great cycle lane on both sides with a comfortable distance between cyclists and motorised traffic; however, on the northbound side, there is a safety issue that could be remedied very easily.

At the end of the northbound cycle lane, the lane ends just before you reach the junction with Days Road. There is no way to remain on your bike and safely transition from the roadside cycle lane onto the shared path that then connects with the Bristol to Bath Path.

Cyclists then have two legal and one not so legal and not so safe option. I have tried all three and don't feel any are particularly appropriate solutions.

1. You can move onto the pavement, dismount, cross as a pedestrian (a very slow process) then remount after the junction and continue along the wide shared path until reaching the entrance to the B2B Path.

2. You can move into the main traffic lane and continue along until Hassle Drive taking your life in your hands with fast and busy traffic.

Or 3. you can move into the main traffic lane, cross the junction and (assuming there are no pedestrians) slow down and slip onto the pavement via the pedestrian crossing opening along the A4320 side.

The easiest fix would be to put a wide drop curb just north of the Days Road junction so that cyclists can get on to the pavement without significantly slowing down on the dual carriageway.

Another more expensive but perhaps more satisfactory solution would be to continue the roadside cycle lane through the junction and slim down the shared path making cyclists and pedestrians separate lanes and continue the roadside cycle lane until Hassle Drive.

I hope you will take my request seriously as not everyone is able to drive ( I can't due to a disability) and cycling is often the only viable option unless you have a simple into town/out of town route.

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  • Enquiry raised.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 19:25, Mon 23 September 2019

  • Under investigation.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 09:33, Tue 24 September 2019

  • Under investigation.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 09:48, Tue 24 September 2019

  • Your enquiry has been passed to the appropriate department who will be in contact with you directly.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 10:46, Tue 24 September 2019

  • This Fix My Street enquiry has been automatically closed.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 23:05, Mon 14 October 2019

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