King's Lynn and West Norfolk Bike Users Group

Cyclenation local group for King's Lynn, West Norfolk and neighbouring areas (basically, the maximum range of our social rides) http://www.klwnbug.co.uk/

  • Strikes Crossing

    Created by MJR // 1 thread

    The former level crossing near a petrol station and the Strikes bowling alley is a frequent source of conflict between cycling and motoring. As of 2020, this is a toucan crossing just west of the former railway's line, necessitating cyclists to slalom across it. There are short cycleways on the south side of the A148 Lynn Road and Gaywood Road providing access to the main entrance of King Edward School.

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  • Missing section of cycleway

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    The Hardwick Road cycleway abruptly terminates at the corner of Beech Road, within sight of the next section at South Gates roundabout. Cyclists wishing to continue towards town without being obstructed by motorists need to either use six beg-button crossings of the A149 Hardwick Road to cross over and back, or use four beg-button crossings to head towards Hardings Way (where another three beg-buttons and currently a dismount greets them), or they can illegally slalom contraflow through a parking bay, footway and oncoming traffic - and unsurprisingly many do the latter.

    All of the houses by the parking bay blocking the way have their own drives and it is not that much used. It could be repainted as a two-way cycleway, protected with posts and the slopes into the ends made shallower.

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  • Dangerous Cycleway

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    A cycleway was built alongside Scania Way, but it is dangerous in many ways, including:

    • The north end is on the corner of a busy T-junction with HGVs turning. The cycleway was originally planned to turn north onto Oldmedow Road as cycle lanes but the "safety auditors" refused to allow that and instead insisted on this dangerous ending!
    • Some of the crossings of the car showroom accesses have no marked priority.
    • Some of the crossings of the car showroom accesses are blind for emerging motorists because of the showrooms' signs.
    • There are numerous sign legs in the cycleway.
    • The south end terminates in a pinch point corner with a lamp post because enabling fast turns and good lighting for motorists is more important than keeping crash hazards away from the cycleway.

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  • QE Ave - Marsh Lane crossing

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    There is a crossing here, but it's pedestrian-only, slow to respond to its beg button and doesn't help cyclists much. Could it be replaced with a Toucan or maybe some cyclist-detection loops on the approaches from QE  Ave and Marsh Lane to make the lights change and easeir for cyclists to pull out?

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  • Connect A1078 cycleway to Loke Road

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    The cycleway alongside the A1078 abruptly ends at Estuary Road with only a link east into the estate which is a long detour off the desire line towards the town centre.

    There are several ways that this could be resolved, including linking to the Bawsey Drain Path as part of any future development and any of them could be an improvement.

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  • Connect cycleway to Kirby Street

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    Continuing the Wellesley Road cycleway to the Kirby Street junction would enable cyclists to use the connection from Marshall Yard off Norfolk Street to avoid cycling on the A148 between Norfolk Street and Coburg Street. It would also ease the westbound journey once contraflow cycling is allowed on Norfolk Street.

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  • Guanock Terrace Contraflow

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    This is an obvious desire line between the South Gates (for South Lynn, the Hardwick and part of the Friars) and The Walks (for the eastern part of the town centre and most places east and north of it), but it is currently one way for cycling, despite the available width being fairly good and a car driving contraflow during our survey visit! Of course, there are cyclists already using it illegally.

    Even allowing contraflow cycling to Thomas Street would then allow Robert Street to be used to connect to the South Gates, although that is a deflection off the desire line so may not be obeyed.

    Ideally, there would need to be some connection to the cycleways around the South Gates. Norfolk County Council's 2016 Cycling and Walking Action Plan claimed they had already built it, as shown on http://www.klwnbug.co.uk/2018/07/05/kings-lynns-imaginary-cycling-network/

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  • Friars Walk needs an all-weather surface

    Created by MJR // 0 threads

    Currently Friars Walk is uncomfortable in summer, messy in winter and not legally cyclable from its east end. A short connecting cycleway to the Southgates Roundabout and some tarmac on Friars Walk would enable this dirt track to be used as shorter motor-free route between Hardwick and the Friars all year round.

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