Lack of segregated cycle path, lack of signage and road markings
Reported via desktop in the Suggested improvements category anonymously at 14:58, Thu 16 June 2022
Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later
I understand that major improvements are planned for this area, but cannot find documentation on specific plans. I'm writing to notify you of a potential issue, for your information.
The A44 has excellent cycle paths for most of its length, but the path alongside the southbound lane seems to disappear at a layby approximately 250 metres before reaching Loop Farm Roundabout. This is a stretch of road with a mild uphill slope, which will slow cyclists; it is also an area where traffic is often queuing.
This leads to two difficulties. Cyclists may be confused as to whether the cycle path exists, and may experience difficulties navigating the roundabout. While the cycle path resumes some 40 metres before the roundabout, this is not signposted. A cyclist wishing to continue towards Oxford (probably a large majority of cyclists at this point) may position themselves in the centre lane approaching the roundabout and then be unable to filter back to the left in time to reach the cycle path.
Meanwhile, motorists may be surprised to see cyclists on a road that has suddenly become shared-use after many miles of having a segregated cycle path alongside.
The obvious solution would be to join up the segregated cycle paths along the current verge between the layby and Loop Farm Roundabout. If this is not possible for financial or technical reasons, the hazard could be minimised with:
1: Painted markers directing cyclists to join the main carriageway at the layby 2: Painted markers or signage directing cyclists to rejoin the cycle path where it resumes 3: Signage warning motorists that cyclists may be joining the carriageway at the layby.
Council ref: 3601731
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