Busy Highway junctions can often pose the greatest challenges for cyclists. Making these safer for all road users has been a priority for CONWAY AECOM and Southwark, who have taken inspiration from the Netherlands, which is famed for its cycling infrastructure.
“Roundabouts can be a hazard for cyclists as the layout funnels bike and motor vehicles along the same route. At Crystal Palace we used roundabouts popular in Holland as our blueprint, adapting the design to meet the needs of the UK road users”.
“The roundabouts now segregate cyclists from other traffic. They are channelled around the edge of the roundabout along a separate path, while vehicles are directed around the centre and road crossing are clearly marked for pedestrians.”
Changes have also been taking place along Southwark’s backstreets, where CONWAY AECOM has been creating a new Quietway network. Jo comments:
“Quietway’s are vital to ensuring that as many people as possible are encouraged to get on their bikes. They provide a safe, calm environment for more cautious cyclists, or those who simply want to avoid major routes.”