There has been a lot of discussion about the bus stops planned for the A105 CycleEnfield route, but not a great deal of actual information so this Friday (9th October), I set of to get some. My cycle ride took in Leyton and Camden, places with combined cycle/bus boarders and Whitechapel, home of the ‘cyclists and bus users’ video posted in the Guardian. I’ve given links to Google maps so you can get an idea of the area of you want.
Leyton was, frankly, a bust. The closest thing I could find to a bus boarder was this:
The lane to the right is a bike lane, and although not obvious in this shot, even at 10:00am there was a steady flow of cyclists passing by – but no bus passengers. The reason is that this bus stop is here:
As you can see it’s well away from habitation and although it probably gets some pedestrians walking the pathway that runs under the road at this point, it’s hardly a busy urban environment.
So off to Camden, which is the source of the bus boarder photo in the CycleEnfield A105 documents. There are two ‘real’ bus boarders and I focused on the one outside the Royal Veterinary College, here:
It was noon and I did see some cyclists, including these two:
Sadly a cargo bike caught me ‘with the lens cap on’ but there was very little traffic. The cars you can see are almost all parked on this one-way street. Behind the bus stop you can also see a ‘counter board’ which counts the number of cyclists passing this point in both directions (there is a cycle path in the reverse direction behind the cars). But by noon the total was just 600 so let’s say 300 in each direction; hardly busy. There is also only one small bus every 10 minutes and after a boring wait, one finally showed up:
But as you can see, neither cars nor bikes were inconvenienced by the bus stopping, because there were no cars or bikes around!
Between Leyton and Camden I stopped off in Whitechapel to find the Guardian’s infamous bus stop, and here it is:
The location is:
I don’t know why the bike lane is blocked; there are some works being done in this area but I could not see anything to do with this bus stop. What this photo shows, that the Guardian video does not, is that this is not a tiny, cramped area but the island is large. However what this photo does not show, and what I suspect having cycled around the area, is that during rush hour the non-bus lane part of the road will be solid and totally impassable, even on a bike, meaning that all cyclists will want to use this cut-around.
So there are the bus boarder and bus bypass in their native environments. I had intended to take some video but frankly, nothing of interest happened. I’ll leave the reader to form their own opinions about how these designs might work in Enfield.