Inspiring Infrastructure: Continuous Cycle Lanes on Lewes Road, Brighton

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Brighton & Hove City Council has transformed the Lewes Road, a busy 4.5km dual carriageway carrying 25,000 vehicles per day, into a rapid transit style bus and cycle corridor by reallocating an entire lane in each direction from general traffic into a bus and cycle lane.  The scheme, which took around 9 months to complete and cost in the region of £1.4million, includes a number of innovative features to maintain continuity for cyclists, such as a dedicated cycle bypass at traffic lights (pictured on the right) and ‘floating’ bus stops where cyclists can pass behind bus stops with no interference from stopping buses (pictured above). 

Construction was completed in September 2013 and initial monitoring (after 3 months) shows a 14% increase in daily cycling numbers, increasing from a baseline of 2,085 to 2,383.  General traffic on Lewes Road has reduced by 13% and the number of passengers using buses on Lewes Road has increased from15.3 million in 2012 to 16.4 million in 2013 – an increase of 7%.

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