Road maintenance and lighting
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
- Maintenance policies should prioritise cycle routes and facilities and the 1.5m of carriageway closest to the kerbside where cyclists commonly ride.
- The positioning of drainage, cats eyes and road studs should be planned to avoid as far as is possible: cycle lanes; the metre strip on the left side of major roads and the kerbside within one metre of the carriageway.
- Routine maintenance including cleaning and sweeping should be timetabled in respect of all cycle facilities
- On busy roads, gully openings should be in the kerb face, rather than on the carriageway surface.
- The highways authority should consider cyclists whilst exercising its powers of quality control during and after street works.
- The Codes of Practice should safeguard the interests of cyclists.
- Fines for individual defects should be sufficient to deter large companies such as the statutory undertakers from carrying out inadequate reinstatement.
- A safe alternative facility for cyclists and/or pedestrians should be provided where streetworks obstruct a shared path or footway.
- Cycle speeds should be taken into account in the phasing of all temporary traffic signals.
- The standards of reinstatement established under the 1991 Streetworks Act should be maintained.
- Personal security should be a consideration in the provision of lighting. Any defect in street lighting should be repaired within 48 hours of notification.
- Cycle lanes or tracks should be lit where practical.
Publication Date:April 2012