The Society has written to the Borough Council expressing our
disappointment that so much 'official graffiti' has been added to the
road surface. We note that "the quality of materials is good, the
workmanship of the roadmen excellent and the outcome had the possibility
of being outstanding - until the final days. How can so much white paint
be necessary, why do the kerb markings for 'no waiting' have to be 4"
wide and why is it necessary to add green tarmac?" We also point out a
further problem. Partially sighted people and those who wear bifocals
are having difficulty finding the kerb edge, because the colour contrast
between pavement surface and kerb is greater than that between kerb and
highway (the kerb and road surface are both dark grey, the pavement a
much lighter stone). This mistake has already caused people to stumble.
We recognise that there are problems of priority here with pedestrians,
buses, delivery vehicles - and cyclists who can travel in the opposite
direction. But we think this is a case for 'shared space' whereby the
majority of road signs and markings are omitted and all road users
proceed with permission gained through eye contact with other users.
The Council's reply states that the green cycle lane is to help bus
drivers keep that lane free and the kerb colour will be assessed again
after six months.