All road users benefit from good road maintenance and effective lighting. Cyclists, however, suffer more than most from defects in the surface, and councils don't always light cycle paths.
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.