In a few situations cycle tracks shared with pedestrians can prove satisfactory. However relocating cyclists onto exiting pavements is generally considered an undesirable approach to highway design. All UK highway design manuals either list the conversion of pavements into cycle tracks as the very least favoured option or rule this idea out altogether.
Converting Pavements into cycle tracks is particularly advised against under the following circumstances:
- In built up areas
- If cyclists are likely to frequently interact with pedestrians.
- Where there are a large proportion of elderly, vulnerable, sensorily impaired residents.
- In locations with frequent driveway exits.
- Where there are concealed exits.
- Locations with frequent side roads.
- Residential areas with a relatively dense local population.
- For longer distance cycle routes that may be used by fast utility, commuter or sports cyclists.
- Where cyclists on a two way cycle-track are not separated from traffic and whose lights could confuse or dazzle oncoming traffic in dark winter evenings.
Please take a look at the following image gallery to help you determine if these issues could prove a problem on the new Highways England scheme that intends to remove all cyclists from the A259 and relocate them onto a single pavement between Chichester and Emsworth.
Click the images to obtain a larger view and you may use the arrows to the left and right to navigate forwards and backwards through the images. There are seven different sets of images that can be selected at the bottom of the gallery pane.