Any groundbreaking programme, let alone one the scale of Mini Holland delivered in such a short time period, will inevitably have a number of on the ground issues which need to be remedied.
Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign aims to maintain a list of known issues it believes need to be fixed. The council has reviewed many of these items, and a summary of their response is in red italic text.
We have split the list into 3:
If you know of issues affecting cyclist safety (especially those associated with new Mini Holland infrastructure), please email us at email@example.com or add a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll investigate.
- Blackhorse Road – 3 bus stops (2 near the tube station, plus one around 500m south). Designed as a ‘bus boarder‘ with track running next to carriageway edge, hence bus disgorges passengers straight onto track – causes conflict due to pedestrians waiting on track, and stepping off bus into cyclists’ path. Feb 2017: Officers agree with the potential for conflict but there is currently insufficient space for a bus stop bypass or island. TfL is using the northbound stop near the tube station as a case study in its infrastructure monitoring programme, and feedback is expected soon. Officers will review the northbound stop as part of the signalled junction redesign
- Cycle route over footbridge at west end of Black Path as it crosses Argall Ave – there is room for ramps which would also improve access for people with pushchairs, and those with disabilities. At the very least needs wheeling ramps. Feb 2017: Response TBC (=to be confirmed).
- Blended crossings – some crossings require bollards or other vertical marker to reduce visual width of many roads and encourage motorists to reduce speed as they enter such as trees, planters, cycle parking, bell bollards, etc. Feb 2017: Officers have visited a number of locations with WFCC to discuss concerns, and since summer 2016 have tried to define a consistent design for low flow two-way, one-way and higher flow two-way side roads to minimise the need for additional street furniture. Where this is not possible or abuse is occurring additional street furniture is being considered. Officers are aware some village scheme crossings need further review and there is still some variation in approach between design and construction engineers.
- Selborne Road 2 way cycle track due to be officially opened in Sep 2015 despite neither end running up to a junction with any form of controlled access. Hence cannot be easily used by northbound cyclists. Also lack of footway west of bus stop on this side of the road results in pedestrians using it. Track is substandard width for 2 way flow. Update 7/11/16: Track now connects at western end with Willow Walk & South Grove – however pedestrian use is rising and conflict between people on cycles & pedestrians is increasing. Feb 2017: This scheme was funded from TfL Air Quality budget and had to contain certain design elements which constrained how space was allocated. There is limited scope to make changes until the Hoe St gyratory changes are developed further.
- There’s no high quality northbound cycle route to complement Blackhorse Rd southbound track. Feb 2017: Quiet route options will be considered via Pretoria Avenue & Edwards Road.
- Walthamstow Village filtering – there is substantial rat running via Church Lane/Vestry Road, Shernhall St/Grove Road/Merton Rd & Fraser Rd, and 10pm- 10am along Orford Road/Beulah Rd/Addison Rd which causes safety issues for people on foot and bicycles at a number of locations along the route. Feb 2017: This is being considered as part of Walthamstow Village review.
- In particular motor traffic exiting Vestry Road into East Avenue may fail to give way to cycles traveling south along East Avenue. Feb 2017: as per 6 above.
- And also motor vehicles turning right from East Avenue onto Orford Rd often speeds up as they approach and negotiate the junction due to the absence of motor traffic travelling into the filtered section of Orford Road. This represents a substantial safety issue for cyclists & pedestrians travelling across this junction. Feb 2017: as per 6 above.
- Church Road to Leyton town centre link proposals do not currently offer continuous high quality solution suitable for all ability cycling. Feb 2017: Continuous protection is impractical due to impact on bus infrastructure and residents’ parking. More space for cycling being progressed via parking & waiting/loading changes, Long term aspiration (2017/18) remains for a continuous link, in the shorter term there will be a link via Manor Rd & Grange Park Rd.
- Some people in cars traveling too fast for conditions in Orford Road timed filter section, leading to risk of injury to those on foot/bikes. Feb 2017: as per 6 above.
- We appreciate that junction has not been completed, but are concerned that the armadillos and removal of ASL on Ruckholt Rd westbound after the rail bridge means people on bikes are less able to take primary position when approaching lights, and are thus prone to left hooks from motorists turning into Temple Mills Lane. Also Ruckholt Rd westbound cyclists are appearing from the bridge to the junction out of the blue from drivers’ perspective. And the junction has no separation in time, so fast-moving cyclists are rocketing off the bridge into left-turning cars if the lights are green. Feb 2017: Intention is to improve this junction when funding and resources become available.
- A general design flaw we are seeing frequently is damage to cycle parking stands (and sometimes parked bikes) which are on footways which are flush with the carriageway. The most common cause is that drivers are unable to see the stands in their mirrors as they reverse into flush parking bays and overrun onto footway areas (which of course they shouldn’t be doing in the first place). We recommend either a physical bollard between flush motor vehicle parking bays and the stands, or a the stand nearest the parking bay has a 2m post with a cycle parking sign. Feb 2017: New designs are being reviewed to relocate cycle parking away from obvious conflict areas or to provide better conspicuity/protection.
- The standard Mini Holland track design is pavement, then cycle track to the right, then carriageway to the right. However sometimes WFCC is seeing proposals where the footway and track are switched so pedestrians are sandwiched in between cycles and motor traffic; we accept there may be occasions when this is required for short stretches, but recommend this is not adopted unless absolutely necessary. Feb 2017: This only happens in exceptional circumstances where its the only viable option to get a cycle track in. Item closed.
- Just after the eastbound Lea Bridge Road cycle track enters the borough from Hackney and crosses the canal, there is a high wall which prevents adequate sightlines between motor vehicles exiting the entrance to the new residential development at Essex Wharf and the cycle track. Skid marks on the cycle track suggest its only a matter of time before there are crashes & casualties. Feb 2017: This is being reviewed and there will be a further update including the course of action.
- November 2016: Mini Holland works in Shernhall St have narrowed the carriageway and created new pinch points, which has made the road less attractive for cycling, eg zebra pavement build outs at the bottom of The Drive, loss of central island protecting southbound right turn into Church Lane. The Shernhall/Drive zebra build out pinches cyclists forcing them into the traffic stream. Currently the only safe crossing of Forest Rd for over a mile is at the Shernhall St junction. How did this design get past any cycle audit process? Feb 2017: This scheme was LIP funded and aimed to address cycling issues associated with collisions, high vehicle speeds & poor pedestrian priority, inadequate footway widths, and pedestrians being trapped at refuges between traffic streams. The specific locations raised by WFCC will be assessed as part of the Walthamstow Village review.
- November 2016 : There are no safe crossing points of Shernhall St for cyclists – we propose as a minimum the removal of the roundabout at the Raglan Road junction. A better option would protected facilities closer to the middle of Shernhall St, or a cycle track between Addison Rd and Oliver Rd. Feb 2017: Desire lines & routes foe cycle movements were assessed, but it was not possible to identify and design a solution for a dedicated cycle crossing in Shernhall St.
- December 2016: The new modal filters on the Network Rail bridges in Blackhorse Village are substandard in width; the LCDS specifies minimum width of 1.5m. Additionally as there is only one cycle gap, none of the 4 filters cater for 2 cycles traveling in opposite directions to pass at the same time. Current gap widths: Stoneydown Ave 1.28m, Richlings Ave 1.29m, Suffold Park Rd 1.3m. Pretoria Ave width is 1.5m, but the effective width is considerably less as one side is a full height post with the risk of handle bar strikes. The Pretoria Avenue filter is the highest priority for redesign as it is a key north/south route and the first to become a substantial cycle flow bottleneck. Feb 2017: There are considerable site constraints to full width gaps, but officers will review the Pretoria Ave filter by Spring 2017.
- December 2016: Upgraded modal filter on the Walthamstow to Chingford quiet route in Nelson Rd at its junction with Selwyn Avenue is substandard in width for both cycle gaps with kerbstone to gate post distance only 1.11m. March 17: This work was not part of the Mini Holland programme, and is a temporary filter to allow construction traffic access to works at nearby school. WFCC considers this item closed.
- 16 January 2017: Church Path is being used by some people on bikes, which it is clearly far too narrow for shared use.
We recommend that changes are made to Vestry Road to permit contraflow cycling, and in addition to no cycling signs at both ends of Church Path, temporary display boards are put up signposting this alternative route.
It may be worth exploring barriers on the path to further dissuade cycle use although this should be done in such a way that it does not deter use by people with mobility issues, push chairs etc. Feb 2017: Officers don’t consider Vestry Road is currently suitable for 2 way cycling, and are currently working with local people and councillors on pedestrian priority signage as the recent cycling in parks programme.
4 February 2017: Grove Green Rd northbound cycle track (north of the Fairlop Rd
junction) has 50m of unprotected track flush with the carriageway, presumably due to multiple crossovers. Yet on approach to the Kings wood Rd junction there is a crossover section with a far better design using a 30mm stepped kerb (see photo with keys). Here’s our preferred approach (with slight fall towards the on the footway and track to ensure rainwater runoff):
Click here for some useful information on other options. Feb 2017: Currently being reviewed, but this section is unlikely to be redone. Once double yellow lines are in drivers are much less likely to cross onto the track (compared to advisory lanes).
- 13 April 2017: Blackhorse Lane has a short section between St Andrew’s Road and Blackhorse Studios which has a length of residential parking bays and no southbound cycle track. The gap in the otherwise excellent cycling provision recently added (right up to the Crooked Billet roundabout) acts as a deterrent to the many local people who would choose to travel by cycle if there was a route with continuous high quality protection through the area. Given the huge volume of new residential units being constructed in the area, we believe this merits high priority attention.
- 13 April 2017: There’s a gap in the high quality cycle route on Blackhorse Lane between Blenheim Road and Forest Road. If road width is insufficient for with flow cycle tracks in each direction, we propose either a northbound or southbound track along Blackhorse Lane (a southbound track might work better as it would link up with the Blackhorse Road southbound track), and the opposing flow routed via Blenheim Road to link up with the Pretoria Avenue route.
- 11 July 2017: At some side road T-junctions where there is a stepped cycle track, there is no dropped kerb on the track opposite the side road; this prevents direct cycle movements between the side road and opposite track. Examples of this can currently be found on Markhouse Road.
Snagging – implementation detail
- Blackhorse Rd track southbound, and Hoe St tracks between Granville Rd & Grove Rd – 25mm upstand between track and footway may lead to cyclists losing control and falling due to the ‘tramline’ effect. Needs 45 degree chamfered edge as per Ruckholt Rd design near to cycling zebra. Feb 2017: There is some, but limited, funding for reviewing constructed scheme element, but this will need to be part of a prioritisation process.
- Blackhorse Rd – uneven track due to blended crossings and drainage can be difficult to use at higher cycling speeds, and requires low speed for 3 wheeled load carrying trikes. Feb 2017: There were technical constraints associated with crossovers and utilities, but lessons have been learned. Will be included in the future prioritisation list.
- Blackhorse Rd southbound – track needs south pointing arrows as it is being used by northbound cyclists. Feb 2017: Arrows can be added if this continues to be a significant issue.
- Hoe St southbound track exit into main carriageway leads to cyclists being pinched by motorists. Note: this section was implemented early using ‘section 106’ funding, and should be resolved as part of Mini Holland project for Hoe St. Feb 2017: Will be reviewed as part of the Hoe St section design.
- Blackhorse Rd track southbound – some blended crossings too wide (Northcote Road is the worst), resulting in higher vehicle speeds into side road, and less physical protection for cycles. Feb 2017: Will be added to in the future prioritisation list.
- Ruckholt Road/Carpenter Rd cycle zebra – additional speed hump might be wise to slow motor vehicles on approach to crossing due to risk of drivers not having time to react to cyclists entering zebra. This configuration is unusual due to cycles heading westwards running parallel to motor traffic before making a right turn across the zebra. Feb 2017: Officers are not aware on any issues, but this will be considered in future.
- Ruckholt Road signal timings are fixed and do not take account of queue sizes. (Note that the signals are due to be linked to TfL’s “SCOOT” system which should largely resolve this). Feb 2017: Signals are on SCOOT – but system has to work within parameters and when traffic volumes are large will queuing will take place.
- Ruckholt Road east bound cycle filter. Motorists sometimes proceed when cycle filter light is green, leading to risk of left hook of cyclists. Feb 2017: Some measures have already been put in place such as louvres and cowlings to restrict motorists visibility of cycle lights, and physical changes are currently taking place to provide more separation between users. WFCC update 15/8/17: We’re getting reports of frequent violations by drivers. A suggested improvement is moving the cycle lane signals back from the junction to reduce the risk of confusion and increase the time available for cyclists to spot an incoming left hook. WFCC update 13/11/17: Engineers are investigating if louvres can be added to the cycle signals so they are not visible to motorists.
- Cycle route through St Mary’s churchyard into Orford Rd should permit contraflow cycling along one way section. Feb 2017: No satisfactory resolution has been found with the church, and this is currently unlikely to be progressed.
- Timed filtered section of Orford Rd has arrows painted on carriageway indicating one way eastbound flow, yet contraflow cycling is permitted. Feb 2017: The council can only enforce signage combination that includes a one way sign, and road markings need to reflect this. This is being reviewed.
- The current signage at the start of the Orford Rd filtered section means no vehicles; the ‘flying motorcycle’ version should be used which means no motor vehicles, thus permitting cycles to use it. Feb 2017: The signage has been amended as per WFCC’s suggestion. Item Closed.
- A number of one way streets in Walthamstow Village and elsewhere (where cycle contraflows have been added) require the standard blue background one way plus contraflow signage at the start of the one way section. Eg Second Avenue. Feb 2017: Walthamstow Village contraflows will be picked up as part of the review. Let council officers know of any other outside this area.
- Some parking stands are placed too close to bulky street furniture such as litter bins making locking cycles more difficult. Eg outside Mamachari Bikes in Forest Rd.Feb 2017: Greater consideration is now being given to cycle stand design/layout by our design team so this issue should not arise as part of new projects. More specifically the Forest Road cycle parking layout is being redesigned as part of the route scheme and this particular issue will be resolved.
- Some new modal filters have gaps between bollards & planters etc of less than the standard 1.5m, which may impact cargo bikes, trikes and all ability cycles. Others have gaps so wide the motor vehicles are still driving through … admittedly the motorists concerned are sometimes driving through flower beds and over kerbs, but this underlines the need for the design to include physical obstructions which are too high to drive over. Grove Road is an example of a filter where cars have driven in between the bollard and the temporary tree planter. We’d like the council to do an audit of all filters and upgrade to the agreed standard. Feb 2017: All new designs/filters will be to the agreed minimum 1.5m design unless there are exceptional site/scheme specific issues that restrict LBWF from doing this in the first instance (e.g Pretoria Ave bridge filters). Where filters are being abused and this is being reported ad-hoc adjustments have/are being made to address these on a site by site basis. A more general review will take place at some point. WFCC 10/4/17: Grove Rd filter bollard gaps resolved on northern side. But we’ve heard reports of vehicles driving through the other side now.
- Following filter installation in Gaywood Rd, a resident advises vehicles are driving onto the footway to turn round. Feb 2017: This may well be the case in Gaywood Road. The carriageway in Gaywood Road is less than 7 metres wide and some people will find this difficult to turn a vehicle around in. Where roads are filtered we endeavour to provide space to turn an average vehicle but clearly on narrow roads this becomes difficult.
- Added 6/4/16: Narrow stepped hump across the road on the bridge in Marsh Lane at Jubilee Park entrance. Would be uncomfortable to cycle over and unsuitable for cargo bikes. A strip about 50cm wide has been left at road level for cyclists however the whole design is not really suitable for a site with aspirations to have a cycle hub. Feb 2017: We are aware of this and currently looking at schemes/funding opportunities to take this forward. WFCC 8/4/17: A second narrow hump has been added. We’re wondering if this is not public highway and thus the work is being done by the Sports & Leisure Department who are unaware of the needs of cyclists.
- Added 24/5/16: A number of people on bikes have mentioned feeling uncomfortable on the Elmsdale Road contraflow – we recommend that signage is improved where vehicles enter from Erskine Road. Feb 2017: Noted and acknowledged – some contraflow signage is still outstanding in Blackhorse Village and once Northcote goes in this will be progressed along with a review of signage at any problematic locations
- Added 11/10/16: Speed cushions in Mission Grove (which is now a Quietway route) need to be removed (and if necessary replaced with other speed reduction measures) due to the conflict over roadspace they create between motor vehicles and cycles. Feb 2017: These should be replaced/removed as part of Quietway scheme.
- Added 14/10/16: The status of the cycle route running past St Mary’s Church needs to be formalised. TfL’s cycle map shows a short section outside the front of the building marked indicating cyclists should dismount. Feb 2017: As per no 9 we are having problems resolving matters here and no imminent solution looks viable.
- Added 19/10/16: Cyclists performing a right turn out of Kingswood Rd into Gainsbrough Rd can get a wheel stuck in the bridge expansion joint (this happened recently to a cyclist who needed the assistance of a passing motorist to extract his cycle wheel). This is not a new issue, but one which should be solved as part of the MH Leyton Town Centre cycle tracks for Gainsborough Rd. Feb 2017: Noted but unclear what solution would be. WFCC 8/4/17: Junction has been completely redesigned as part of Mini Holland funded tracks & blended crossing, meaning cycles take a different line. We will review whether this is still a substantial issue.
- Added 24/11/16: Shernhall St between Eastern Rd & Lea Bridge Rd still has speed cushions. WFCC had understood that all speed cushions in ‘villagisation’ areas would be replaced with sinusoidal humps. Feb 2017: Will be looked at as part of the Walthamstow Village Review
- Added 22/12/16: Milton Rd needs a westbound cycle contraflow to complete the new link via The Drive/Howard Rd/Aubrey Rd/Hoe St. Feb 2017: Will see whether can be included in current Hoe Wood scheme.
- Added 27/12/16: Cycle contraflow required in Wyatt Lane. Feb 2017: Will see where this can be included in future programme.
- Added 29/12/16: We believe that the Hoe/Wood measures were to include a cycle no entry bypass & contraflow for the Wood St end of Havant Road, which will provide a quiet link into Turner Road and Church Hill Rd, to Walthamstow Village or Poets Corner. Feb 2017: Design has been developed for Havant Rd but LBWF currently in process of reviewing expenditure to date against budget to assess whether further works are possible.
- 4/1/17: Cycle track alongside A12 needs dropped kerbs with double yellow lines to allow cycle access to/from Dyers Hall Rd, Connaught Rd & Maderia Rd. Feb 2017: To be looked at as part of Leyton/Leytonstone Town Centre schemes.
- 19/1/17: Speed cushions in Pretoria Avenue need to be removed. Feb 2017: Response TBC
- 19/1/17: At the entrance to the fisheries on Forest Rd, every day from 7.30am until the gates open at 8am up to 8 cars and vans are parked up which completely block the cycle way and pavement as they are waiting for the gates to the fisheries to open. Cycles are then forced onto main carriageway, which is now considerably narrower than it was. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-0.0523401,114m/data=!3m1!1e3. Feb 2017: This is currently with enforcement team to progress.
- 24/1/17: Motor vehicles travelling from Westbury Road into Hatherley Rd not giving way to cyclists carrying straight on through the filter. Feb 2017: Filters at junctions will lead to this behaviour as drivers will generally feel they have priority, unless filter/junction layout specifically designed to give priority to certain movements
- 13/2/17: East end of Buck Walk (which has recently been upgraded to shared use) needs a dropped kerb at the eastern end where it meets the carriageway.
- 16 Feb 2017: Cycles locked at two sets of cycle stands at the Windfield/East Avenue/Orford Rd are being damaged by vehicles overrunning onto the flush footway. In last 6 months we are aware of one bike completely written off, and 2 getting buckled wheels. Some form of physical protection is needed. This has also been raised as a generic design issue.
- 16 Feb 2017: Some northbound motor traffic along Erskine Rd turns left at the modal filter and travels the wrong way down Gainsford Road. Footway buildouts on both sides to narrow the road to one lane (which could accomodate planters) would provide a clearer visual indication to motorists that this is a one way street.
- 8/4/17: Cycle track in Grove Green Rd to the north of Fairlop Rd is flush with carriageway for around 50 metres for the crossovers to residential properties, and thus offers no physical protection from motor traffic.
- 4/5/17: Motorists are cutting the corner as they exit Vicarage Rd into Park Rd, bringing them into head-on conflict with cyclists using the Park Rd contraflow. We propose an island in Park Rd as per the photo, plus potentially cycle logos across this and other Park Rd junctions to remind road users of the presence of contraflow cycles.
- 10/6/17: The arrangement of the carriageway and bollards at the end of Grove Park Avenue at the start of the cycle track under the Billet Roundabout needs to be improved as vehicles regularly park in, or block access to, the cycle track. This request was part of WFCC’s response to the Chingford Town Centre consultation in 2016 – we’ve added it here to ensure it does not get forgotten as we are continuing to receive complaints about obstruction of the track.
Legacy issues (pre mini Holland)
Many of these can be considered as a ‘section 106’ or ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ shopping list. Feb 2017: The council confirms it will reference this list when opportunities arise.
- Advisory cycle lane near 215 Wood St is pinched by combination of bus boarder pavement buildout and left hand bend, resulting in cyclists being pushed out into carriageway at the point motor traffic cuts the corner and overrruns the lane – delivering almost guaranteed conflict between motor traffic & cyclists.
- Route down Marsh Lane into Lea Valley severed by bridge over rail line – has gullies for bike wheels but needs considerable strength and unusable by all ability cycles, cargo bikes, etc.
- Cycle route into Lea Valley requires users to climb steps on footbridge at west end of Black Path after it crosses Argall Avenue – there are not even gullies for wheels.
- Cycle track on North Circular has no dropped kerb at the point it joins Folly Lane (just north of the roundabout – see map). Particularly dangerous as cyclists have to dismount in the carriageway on a a blind bend.
- Cycle gap through closure at Brookscroft Road and Kitchener Road is too narrow for many cycles. Feb 2017: May be looked at as part of Leyton – Chingford route.
- Edinburgh Road cycle gap too narrow – should be resolved as part of Markhouse Villagisation.
- Orient Way & Argall Avenue cycle track – 25mm upstand between track and footway has led to riders hitting the upstand at and angle and falling off due to the ‘tramline’ effect. Needs 45 degree “splayed” or chamfered edge.
- Hoe St/Church Hill junction is unsafe for use by people on bikes, especially if turning right from Hoe St into Church Hill, or exiting High St into Church Hill. Mini Holland is expected to deliver a better solution. Feb 2017: Junction will be looked at as part of MH programme but likely that there will be some limitations given proximity to Gyratory, SRN, and improvements made relatively recently.
- The cycle track in Bush Rd at its junction with Browning Rd has dropped kerb which is too narrow and does not span the painted track, with the consequential risk of injury for users. Feb 2017: Will look to pick up as part of maintenance programme
- The Chatham Road/Queen Elizabeth Road E17 junction needs a redesign to reflect the needs of westbound cycle traffic. Currently people on bikes experience conflict with motor vehicles traveling north along Chatham Road or west along Queen Elizabeth Road. Feb 2017: LBWF acknowledge issues and aspirations in this area but its not currently part of MH funded programme. Aspiration to look at in next 3 years.
- Motorists often cut the corner of the Winns Terrace/Winns Avenue E17 junction to the extent that they meet oncoming contraflow cyclists. Physical measures such as armadillos or a traffic island is required in order to keep motor vehicles on the left half of the road and also to reduce their speed. A traffic island would also benefit people on foot crossing to Lloyd Park. Feb 2017: As for 10 above.
- Quiet route from Crooked Billet to Chingford signage needs to be refreshed. Many of the signs have been vandalised, and the painted bike logos on the road surface have faded badly. Feb 2017: This is being superceded by HighamsPark/Chingford quietways and Leyton-Chingford route –full signage review currently taking place.
- Cycle gaps in the modal filter gate in Brookscroft Road (at its junction with Sturge Avenue) are too narrow for bikes with wider handlebars, and completely inaccessible for trikes and larger cargo bikes. Feb 2017: As for 10 above.
- 13 April 2017: At around 0.8m the bollard gaps for the shared use path between Brettenham Avenue & Brettenham Rd are too small for many cargo bikes, bike trailers & all ability bicycles.