Much-critcised 'bicycle gutters' at Cambridge railway station to be replaced

Feature helps cyclists push bikes up stairs easily... unless they're too close to handrail or too slippery, that is

by Simon_MacMichael   June 7, 2012  

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‘Bicycle gutters’ installed on a staircase leading to a bridge between platforms at Cambridge railway station as part of its £16.7 million revamp are to be replaced following complaints from cyclists.

Cambridge News reports that the channels, which accommodate the width of a tyre enabling cyclists to push their bikes up the staircase without having to bump them up the steps themselves, have attracted particular criticism since bicycles kept sliding off them.

It adds that they have already been moved once because they were installed too close to the handrail, rendering them useless.

Local MP Dr Julian Huppert, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, approached station operator Greater Anglia to ask it to take action after he had received complaints on the issue from some of his constituents.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “We are working with Network Rail looking at another practical modification to the cycle channels to reflect some of the further feedback we have had from users.”

Dr Huppert commented: “I am delighted that Greater Anglia has recognised this problem and plans to take action to remedy it.”

In March this year, it was revealed that Cambridge station is to get a £2.5 million cycle point including parking for up to 3,000 bicycles, with the adequacy of provision of adequate parking facilities at the station the subject of a long-running campaign by local cyclists.


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The wheeling ramps also stop at the top of the first step so bikes have to be lifted up and on to them rather defeating the purpose - the ends should extend down to platform level with a flared out end, as the design fine tuned over 20 or more years by York Council does - no need to reinvent this.

The handrail problem arises because the designers decided to fit a second handrail about 40cm below the one at standard height. This also renders the normal position of a wheeling ramp unworkable, because the pedals foul the lower handrail.

There is no requirement for a lower handrail on a staircase, especially here, where the staircase is enclosed.

I prepared the sketches use in Sustrans and other information sheets showing how the channels should be configured, and noted other detail such as the best side to place the U channel or L section - and recommended dimensions. The Cambridge bridge designers did not ask about best design and delivered the original with 2 fundamental flaws - the ramp does not extend down to the platform level and they fitted a lower handrail. The other detail, which accommodates the ramp extended to platform level, is that the external cladding or end of the handrail should extend beyond the riser of the first step to make the flow of users come round the end and be facing the stairs square-on when they start to climb

47 years of breaking bikes and still they offer me a 10 year frame warranty!

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posted by A V Lowe [560 posts]
7th June 2012 - 13:18

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- or everyone could just carry their sodding bikes up the stairs as they would in lots of other countries and the time and cash micro-managing a perfect bicycle wheel runnel could be spent on essentials like the NHS instead? Yawn

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1221 posts]
9th June 2012 - 1:23

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.... I mean really? Thinking It's hardly life or death stuff - like so many real stories are on this site.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1221 posts]
9th June 2012 - 1:25

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those gutters (gutters in general) are rubbish.. using them is harder than just carting you bike...

posted by rootes [46 posts]
9th June 2012 - 10:08

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