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Pedestrians injured after 'dozens' trip over new cycle lane

Cardiff Council are now going to use spray paint to increase the visibility of the bollards...

Shop owners have complained after a number of pedestrians tripped over a newly installed cycle lane. 

One local shop owner claimed there has been at least a dozen incidents since January, including one in which an elderly man broke his wrist. 

The two-way cycleway on Wellfield Road in Roath, Cardiff was introduced earlier this year as part of a pilot scheme that also saw the road made one-way.

Footpaths were widened and parking was removed from both sides of the road last summer to allow social distancing. 

But Wales Online report the lane has proved controversial. 

Cardiff Council are now going to use spray paint to increase the visibility of the bollards after receiving two reports of people tripping last week, but said they had received no previous reports of the issue before then. 

CCTV footage showed the moment one elderly man fell over the lane bollards and broke his wrist, less than two weeks after another man tripped over further up the road and was treated by paramedics.

Jeffrey Atkinson, 78, fell into a wooden tree planter after stumbling over the cycleway on July 22, and suffered bruised ribs as well as a wrist fracture.

Mr Atkinson’s daughter, Dawn Christopher, 54, said her father was “very shaken up” by the incident, but only discovered that his wrist was fractured when he reluctantly visited A&E the following day.

Mr Atkinson’s fall came a matter of days after another man was captured on CCTV tripping over the bollards on the edge of the lane and tumbling onto the pavement, before being treated by an ambulance crew that was luckily waiting in traffic further down the road.

Dawn said that the fact that so many people had fallen over the lane since it was installed made her “very angry”.

“Something definitely needs changing with that cycleway,” she said. “It needs to be made a lot safer, or else people will continue to get hurt.

“It’s a white barrier that is holding the bollards and it’s incredibly hard to see against the outlines of the road - maybe it needs to be raised so people can see it, but it definitely needs to be made more visible, whatever happens.”

Kaivan Forouzan, owner of Luxor clothing store, was one of the first to help Mr Atkinson up after he tripped over a lane marker.

Mr Forouzan said a similar incident a couple of weeks earlier had left another man requiring treatment from paramedics after also tripping over one of the raised lane markers

A spokesman for Cardiff council said: “A stage three road safety audit was carried out on Wellfield Road in March this year, and the necessary steps have been taken to address the issues that were identified.

“Until last week, the council hadn’t received any reports of people tripping over the lane separators or the bollards on this road, but due to these two recent reports, the council will be increasing the visibility of the bolt down bollards using coloured spray paint.

“The bolt down bollards are in place to segregate the pop-up cycleway from the traffic lane and already have white reflective banding on them. By using coloured spray paint on these units, we hope to make them stand out to the public even further."

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Sriracha replied to matthewn5 | 2 years ago
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I suspect the more permanent nature is an issue, you can't just rip it out on a whim quite so easily. Might send the wrong message about cycling infrastructure. It's also problematic to drive over or park on, so really not suitable for the UK environment.

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Moist von Lipwig replied to matthewn5 | 2 years ago
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Problem is most of our urban roads aren't wide enough as you're required to have a buffer strip (600mm, not the lovely wide on in the photo) if the cycle lane is staying at existing level - but then you need to add drainage on the new carriageway edge or cycleway edge depending on the road crossfall, which means a lot more invasive works. Local Authorties hate kerb drains and usually won't allow them.

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hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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Here's a pic of it

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Fursty Ferret replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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Well, I was going to rage about how people should look where they're going but having seen the photo I can see exactly how someone could trip over that, especially if they have reduced visibility. The white tip of the bollard blends into the white line on the road.

Bit of fluorescent tape or paint and it'll be fine.

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brooksby replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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So the bollards are mounted onto those striped armadillo things?  Nothing else is proud of the road surface?  I disagree with fursty - I can't honestly see how anyone can fail to see them and trip over.  But a lick of orange retro/fluro paint and nobody will have any excuse.

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hawkinspeter replied to brooksby | 2 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

So the bollards are mounted onto those striped armadillo things?  Nothing else is proud of the road surface?  I disagree with fursty - I can't honestly see how anyone can fail to see them and trip over.  But a lick of orange retro/fluro paint and nobody will have any excuse.

Eyesight is a complex process and the brain uses all kinds of cues to determine objects and positions, so even though something may be perfectly visible in some conditions, it can blend into the background if it is lit differently.

Just have a look for optical illusions to see how easy it is to fool our eyes

 

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Captain Badger replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

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Just have a look for optical illusions to see how easy it is to fool our eyes

 

Is it the squirrel on the right is wearing pants?

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hawkinspeter replied to Captain Badger | 2 years ago
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Captain Badger wrote:

hawkinspeter wrote:

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Just have a look for optical illusions to see how easy it is to fool our eyes

 

Is it the squirrel on the left is wearing pants?

If you look closely, what appears at first glance to be a branch is a naked man.

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Captain Badger replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

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If you look closely, what appears at first glance to be a branch is a naked man.

I'll bough to your superior powers of observation....

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Sriracha replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

Captain Badger wrote:

hawkinspeter wrote:

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Just have a look for optical illusions to see how easy it is to fool our eyes

 

Is it the squirrel on the left is wearing pants?

If you look closely, what appears at first glance to be a branch is a naked man.

Oh, very clever. You think you've sussed it when you see the face, but still you've missed the naked bloke.

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