I crossed the Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway at the weekend,
when I was riding the Wyke
Beck Way. I haven't looked at this cycle route since October 2015,
when it wasn't yet finished.
On this latest occasion, I just took a couple of photos of the bit
that I saw, where Sutton Approach meets the A64 York Road in
Killingbeck. I definitely did not make a thorough assessment of the
route, but I have a couple of points to mention.
Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway 2018: quality of route
The quality of the route is impressive, at the point where I
crossed it. As you can see from the main photo at the top of the
page, there is kerb protection.
Important too is the way the cycle route continues across the
junction. The green paint shows the route clearly, and there's
priority over left-turning traffic. It's a traffic light-controlled
junction, so the issue of priority over traffic emerging from the
side road doesn't arise.
Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway 2018: crossing the A64
Going straight on is fine, but if I'd wanted to turn right, across
the A64, to get to Killingbeck Drive - well, there doesn't seem to
be any provision for that. You either re-join the road, I suppose,
with some difficulty as it's a busy dual carriageway, or you get off
your bike and use a nearby pedestrian crossing.
Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway 2018: floating bus stop
Floating bus stop, Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway
It's the right idea in principle - use a floating bus stop, to keep
anyone cycling along the superhighway away from buses.
I watched for a short while at the floating bus stop, or bus stop
bypass, pictured above. It wasn't too busy at the time I was there.
One person came along the superhighway on a bike. A few moments
later, there was one person walking along the pavement.
According to the intention of the design, the pedestrian would have
crossed the cycle lane where there is tactile paving, to the bus
stop, then crossed back after the bus stop. What he actually did was
keep going in a straight line, on the green paint of the cycle lane.
Embassy of Great Britain says the cycle track should be
separated by kerbs from the footway, with minor level difference
(not the case here). 'For pedestrians, it will resemble a small road
they have to cross. Tactile paving should be used to guide people to
crossing points.' (Tick for the second point). 'The cycleway should
not involve swerves, or sharp corners - it should be designed to
allow smooth and easy cycling, with good sight lines.' (Cross for
I think the main reason why this bus stop bypass is not working
properly (albeit from very brief observation) is that instead of
offering people on foot a straight on option, the pavement asks
everyone to cross to the bus stop, whether they are getting the bus
or not. But that's not what people do.
The designers might say that there isn't space to have the pavement
and cycle track side by side here. The space would have to come from
Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway 2018: a proper look in future
This was a very brief look at the Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway
in passing. I do intend to ride the whole thing in the future, and
comment in more detail.