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News - 26 February 2007

Red squares make city cycling safer

Riding a bike on Brighton & Hove’s roads has been made safer thanks to new ‘advanced cycle stop lines’ which have been put in at 21 of the city’s busiest junctions.

Cycle advanced stop lines (ASL) make it safer for cyclists by providing a space in front of queuing traffic and with the addition of red road surfacing, reinforce the presence of cyclists to motorists. When traffic lights are red, cyclists have a space to wait, with motorists behind them.

Brighton & Hove City Council began installing the stop lines last November and the latest phase of the project ended on 21 February with the final one going in on Kingsway at its junction with Wharf Road/Norman Road during the night, to minimise disruption.

Cllr Joyce Edmond-Smith, chair of the Sustainability Commission said: “The number of cyclists in the city is increasing all the time. Measures such as the advanced cycle stop lines make it clear that cyclists have an equal claim to the road and that drivers need to be more aware of them. It’s part of many measures the council is implementing to make it easier and safer for people to get around the city by bike.”

Dean Spears, Principal Transport Planner added: "We have been innovative where we can in the design and installation of these measures. For example, using arrow markings within the ASL box to help cyclists understand the movement of motor traffic at filter lights, in an effort to improve both their visibility and safety with sufficiently wider feeder cycle lanes installed where possible".

The ASL reservoirs have been installed with a high skid resistant surfacing to ensure durability and longevity, with appropriate markings. Full consideration has been given at each junction into issues such as maintaining sufficient visibility".

The work, often done at night to avoid the traffic, is part of the Cycle Demonstration Town project, which provides funding to help cyclists in Brighton & Hove.

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