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#TaviPlace Marchmont St Junction #taviplace


Andrea Casalotti <casalotti@...>
 

The traffic lights are now redundant. The Council should obscure them and replace them with a zebra crossing on Tavistock Place and on the North side of Marchmont Street


Regards,

Andrea Casalotti
077 2788 3475


Andrea Casalotti <casalotti@...>
 

OK, let's put it this way:
1. If this was only a cycling and walking street, there would most likely be no need of traffic lights; it is true that pedestrian traffic may be heavy sometimes, but no more than say in front of UCL, where zebras work well. Moreover, because of traffic lights at Woburn Place and Judd Street, cycle traffic comes in waves and often pedestrians will be waiting for a wave to subside, which is more efficient than waiting for a green man
2. The overwhelming majority of motor traffic goes W-E straight on Tavistock Place, so the zebra mentioned above is sufficient.
3. Cycle and motor traffic on Marchmont Street is likely have to wait less time with an unsignalled junction than with the present arrangement, again because of the wavey nature of cycle and motor traffic on Tavistock Place.

In other words, it is not "dangerous conflict"; it can easily be negotiated by all road users. If one feels that motor traffic travels too fast on Tavistock Place, some width restrictions can be put before the junction, as exist further East.

It is a good experiment to run.

Talking about traffic lights, is the Council exploring the issue of timing the lights so that there is a green wave E-W in the morning and W-E in the evening, for people cycling at 15-20km/hr?

BTW, it is not true that zebras cannot be set flush with street corners. See here for instance: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5199191,-0.1517996,3a,75y,73.78h,59.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1siKbLBg-ypirUUU9xBc5iEg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Regards,

Andrea Casalotti
077 2788 3475