Friday, 9 April 2010

Action on New Motorway bridge into Bute Park

The action was covered by WalesOnline 
Cyclists ‘could be killed’ on new lorry bridge: Green Party Action in Cardiff
some pictures here of 1. the badly designed monstrosity of a bridge going in to bute park and danger ot cyclists and pedestrians...
2. And some of the work going on yesterday chopping back beautiful mature trees so they won't damage Articulated lorries..Shame on Cardiff Lib Dems and Plaid!
3. The events transport organiser person was sat on the bridge with his red car a yard away..
Our demands sent to Cardiff  ... 

New Bute Park entrance – unsafe and unlawful
 The entrance was picketed yesterday 8th April around 1pm and vehicles turned away.

We demand that Cardiff Council close it and revert to the old entrance for the Royal Horticultural Show traffic, until the safety and legality issues are resolved.

The design is a disgrace, destroying the pavement along North Road for 30 metres, and providing nothing for pedestrians crossing from the Corbett Road side, at a junction where drivers of fast-moving vehicles wishing to turn into the Park may well be distracted from noticing pedestrians and cyclists.

Vehicle left turns across a cycleway are a recognised hazard to cyclists, and this design is worse than many. 

This cycleway is mandatory - driving on it is unlawful.  New markings denoting “give way” by cyclists are not legal.  The no-driving stipulation means vehicles cannot lawfully access the Park this route.  The police did not intervene - the picket was fully successful in stopping the unlawful vehicles.

We call on Cardiff Council to withdraw their traffic marshal (complicit with law breaking) and close this gateway to vehicles for the RH Show forthwith.

Max Wallis
CCAB, Cardiff University

with support of
Cardiff Green Party
Save Bute Park action group
Bute Parks Alliance
Cardiff Cycling Campaign
Living Streets

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