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Photo #186053

[Image taken 8.9.22] Bootham, York. Context and links: #186050. This driver had turned right out of St Mary’s. S/he stopped at the red light. But there is only one for people in this direction here. So perhaps anyone coming out of that road does not need to do so? But if someone is crossing? St Mary’s is a short road so perhaps there won’t be many motor vehicles making this turn and they will all come to know it. But people on cycles may come up from St Mary’s and turn right… and they may not be local/regular users. I have got this far cycling along Bootham in the direction of Bootham Bar having crossed the first light of this junction on green (see: #186050) and had to suddenly stop as the lights have changed immediately in response to a pedestrian pressing the button. There is not enough time to clear the space between the lights (one on the far side of the lanes, here and one on this carriageway before the start of the hatched area). I took an image of motorists who have been caught here too: #186158. It’s a frequent/likely occurrence – for road users. It puts pedestrians at risk. And how will this work for cyclists crossing on their green: #186051, #186052. Surely they will find their route obstructed or that another road user approaches from the left when the cyclist using these lights has a green to go. S/he will likely need to launch him/herself from a standstill to be able to clear the crossing – including the cobbles – before the lights change. I am worried about this new piece of infra. If it doesn’t work now with none of the users for whom it has been designed and installed using it, then how will this change when it goes live for cyclists using the Scarborough Bridge to Bootham Park cycle route improvements scheme? There are already problems further west… At busy times – several times a day/if the lights are out/if there is any other issue, the road traffic displaced – kept out of the boxed junction here - by this scheme, added to the increase in motor vehicles, means people on cycles from Bootham Crescent joining Bootham eastbound, no longer have clear carriageway to their left. If you want to turn right (Bootham Terrace) to head for the rail station/river, etc, ie parallel to the improvements scheme now have to sit in the motor traffic and the air pollution and crawl along as part of it. This is also the case for people on cycles coming along Bootham from Clifton. Bootham is supposed to be getting an A19 Cycle Scheme (links: #172109) along its length. I think most people on cycles heading for the station will want to turn right into Bootham Terrace not use the cycle lane to the new crossing and turn right there… I also can’t see how people on cycles on Bootham are going to make the right turn at the new junction. There’s no turning pocket or other assistance… How will they trigger the lights to be able to do so... Second image this pedestrian crossing today: #186055. Image these junction marking in other direction: #186054. Other image today in another part of York and links: #186045.

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