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[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. I’ve used the crossing between Leeman Road a contraflow on the left between where the square red sign and the square yellow sign in at the back of this image on the left-hand side to this carriageway beyond the red light around 7 times since the diversion was put in for the replacement of flood gates which has closed the riverside route. Today was the second time a driver did not stop when I activated the temporary crossing – that red light is one of a pair – and I feared for my life. I rode the gyratory to check that the lights were working. As can be seen in the image the light on this side is working. BUT the light on the other side has been turned away. It does not show any illumination for drivers heading downhill on Station Avenue. So if road users do not see the one on this side they may not understand there is a temporary crossing or not pick up where it is. The base of the blue ahead arrow reduces sight of the When Red Light Shows Wait Here sign. I don’t know if this works vehicle was in situ just a few minutes earlier. But its presence in this image shows that it would distract drivers from signage ahead and on the left. I also believe it obscured sight of the signage while it was here see: #172329. The signs alerting drivers to the temporary crossing are far apart. They are low down. Looking at this image shows the plethora of permanent signage. It’s jumbled and cluttered (see also #172330). But the important things for people in this lane to know are: a) cyclists may be crossing from that Leeman Road contraflow cycle lane that leads into Station Ave and approaching over the lane to the left to reach this one (when there is no diversion there is no signals or other assistance, such as hatching on the carriageway), b) there are lights immediately around the corner to the right – the other side of the city walls, so someone in this lane might have to stop at them or back from them if other vehicles have reached the stop light ahead of you, and c) and this lane becomes two out of sight around the corner. The lit option in b) and an unlit one which is very often blocked by vehicles queuing at b). I don’t consider this temporary provision safe. As soon as someone on a cycle has left the safety of the contraflow cycle lane s/he is against the clock – the facing light turns green but there is also an audible signal which puts the person under pressure and gives a false sense of security – that because they are using the crossing as designed it must be safe. But - as was the case when I was nearly hit the first time, vehicles in my case a bus at a stop further up, blocks the view of the cycle lane and of anyone exiting it. Plus drivers are moving fast downhill here and the cyclist is broadside on as s/he crosses and turns away from any approaching traffic. The cyclist won’t see the danger and even if s/he did there is no safe space to head for. And stopping is also not a safe option. This is part of the diversion for the replacement of the floodgates under Lendal Bridge. The works were due to finish “at the start of the summer holidays in July 2021”: #169140. An email on 19.7.21 alerted people the diversion will now remain in situ until likely the end of October. This means many more cyclists will be putting their faith in the provision here including into the darker, gloomier and wetter months. (Also search on ‘wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion’.) Other images here today: #172328, #172329, #172330. Other images today: #172321 and links

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