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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%.
For more information, please see:
- Presentation by Robin Reed, BHCC Project Manager (PDF, November 2013)
- Post-Construction Monitoring Report (PDF, November 2013)
For further information, please contact Brighton and Hove City Council's LSTF team at email@example.com.
Inspiring Infrastructure - highlighting best practice examples
- Old Shoreham Road, Brighton - an innovative "continental" design of cycle route along a fast road.
- Queen's Quay in Derry-Londonderry - revamping a route through Queen's Quay car park.
- Arcot Street in Penarth - a cycling contraflow scheme along a street with echelon parking.
- Poynton Shared Space - a shared space scheme at a busy intersection.
- Cockmuir Place street design project, Elgin - A cul-de-sac where Sustrans and the local authority worked in partnership with the local community to make the street safer for children to play on and a more sociable and attractive place to live.
- Diglis Bridge, Worcester - a new river crossing which saw cycling in the local vicinity increase more than tenfold.
- Removal of Gyratory and Street Closure in West Green, North London - this scheme saw an existing green space opened up to 2,000 pupils attending surrounding schools.
- Living Street, Bradford - a 4.5m wide walking and cycling corridor as part of the regeneration of an area less than a mile south of the city centre.
- Creating space for cycling along the A828, Ferlochan - Construction of a 0.5km section of the Oban to Fort William cycle route on the steeply sloping embankment of a busy trunk road.
- Bath Two Tunnels Greenway - a 5.3km urban greenway, including the longest walking & cycling tunnel in the
- Glasgow's Bridge to Everywhere - Overcoming severance: completion of bridge over motorway started 44 years ago
- Royal College Street, London - “Light Segregation” where rubber “armadillos” and planters were used to create a 2m wide cycle track in each direction, resulting in an almost 50% increase in cycling numbers
- Willow Bridge and Board Walk, St Neots - a landmark structure crossing a floodplain, linking a community and opening up a huge traffic-free, riverside circuit for walkers and cyclists