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Hull Encourages Cyclists

This report shows how urban cycling in Britain can be successfully promoted by a progressive local authority.

Re-allocation of Road Space for Cyclists, Hull

Project Aims: To reallocate road space by introducing cycle lanes on a large number of roads in Hull, to reduce accidents and increase cycling levels.

Project Summary: Cycling is an important mode of transport in Hull with a 12% share of journeys to work, (2001 Census). The City is ranked the 4th highest city in the country for cycle use. As part of the Councilís Cycling Strategy, a comprehensive network of cycle routes has been developed over the last 8 years. There are also 116 20mph zones, helping to make the city more cycle-friendly. The total length of new cycle lanes covered initially was 24km, over 7 separate routes.

The cycle lanes are all on busy roads, with traffic volumes of around 10000 to 20000 vehicles per day and cycle flows between 500 and 900 per day. Generally, the schemes involve removal of one traffic lane in each direction and replacing this with marked car parking bays and a cycle lane, separated from these by a margin strip. Advanced stop lines have also been introduced at signalled junctions.

The project has made a significant contribution to the targets set out in Hullís Local Transport Plan and Cycling Strategy. Building on the success of this work, similar cycle facilities are being introduced along other routes in the city. The project was a winning entry in the 2004 National Transport Awards, in the Cycling category.

Target Group: Cyclists and pedestrians

Partnerships: Hull City Council, CTC Right to Ride, Sustrans

Length and Stage of Project: All of the schemes have been in place for at least 3 years.

Cost and Funding:

Table 1 below shows the costs and funding sources for each individual scheme:

Scheme

Cost

Funding Source

Alfred Gelder St

£25,700

Local Safety Scheme Budget

Hessle Road

£27,000

Local Safety Scheme Budget

Clough Road

£11,000

Local Safety Scheme Budget

Bricknell Avenue

£18,000

Local Safety Scheme Budget

Cottingham Road

£13,000

LTP Cycle Facilities Programme

Chanterlands Ave

£5,100

LTP Cycle Facilities Programme

Freetown Way

£25,000

LTP Cycle Facilities Programme

 

Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitoring of the scheme was carried out to compare accidents rates and cycle flows 3 years before and after the schemes were established.

Evidence of Effectiveness/Success:

 

Table 2 - Accident Monitoring for Hull Cycle Lanes

     

Scheme

Total Ė All Accidents

Cycle Casualties

 

Before

After

Reduction

Before

After

Reduction

     

Change

%

   

Change

%

Alfred Gelder Street

25

15

-10

40

11

6

-5

45

Hessle Road

61

29

-32

52

23

12

-11

48

Clough Road

26

21

-5

19

11

6

-5

46

Bricknell Avenue

24

11

-13

54

8

5

-3

38

Cottingham Road

58

41

-17

29

21

13

-8

38

Chanterlands Ave

10

14

4

-40

7

4

-3

43

Freetown Way

62

42

-20

32

11

6

-5

45

                 

Total

204

137

   

90

46

   

Table 3 highlights the substantial increases in cycling that have been observed on most of the routes since the cycle lanes were implemented:

Table 3 - 12 Hour Cycle Flows

Scheme

Length of

Cycle lane Kms

Before

Cycles

After

Cycles

% Change for Cycle Flows

 
         

Alfred Gelder Street

2.0

3/98=868

6/03 = 888

+2%

Hessle Road

6.2

5/97=355

6/00=845

+138%

Clough Road

3.2

7/97=453

9/99=541

+19%

Bricknell Avenue

2.6

10/98=575

10/00=546

-5%

Cottingham Road

5.2

10/96=755

10/00=918

+22%

Chanterlands Ave

2.5

10/96=373

10/00=484

+30%

Freetown Way

2.2

5/99=657

5/01=625

-5%

Total

23.9

     

 

Problems Encountered: Extensive consultation was carried out as the schemes were developed. The main problems encountered involved residents of properties adjacent to the routes objecting to proposed cycle lanes, on the grounds of loss of parking.

 

Overcoming Problems: In many areas, one lane of traffic was removed, and replaced with parking lay-bys marked out in the road. The cycle lanes were then marked out on the outside of the lay-bys, to minimise parking loss. Objections to loss of parking were also overruled by Members in some areas, indicating a good level of political support for cycle facilities in Hull.

Contact Details:

Andy Mayo

Principal Engineer

Traffic Services

Hull City Council

Kingston House

Bond Street

Hull

HU1 3ER

Tel: 01482 612096 Email: andy.mayo@hullcc.gov.uk

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