Lee on the Solent
Shared Cycleway - NCN Route 2
information has been provided by Gary Hedges HCC Principal Engineer (01962 846809) Gary.Hedges@hants.gov.uk
There seems to be quite some confusion regarding the
difference between a shared cycleway and a segregated cycleway. The two
types of cycleway are different and how the pedestrians and cyclists should
behave on each is quite different and laid out in the highway code.
The National Cycle Network route 2 which extends along
Marine Parade is part of a larger route which runs from Kent to Cornwall and
Marine Parade has been a missing link in the route. The Marine Parade
stretch of the route is a shared cycleway. This means there is no
segregation between cyclists and pedestrians and as with all highway users the
Highway code should be followed by both cyclists and pedestrians to interact
considerately. My understanding is that this is due to the Highway Code
being updated many times over the last number of years (latest edition 2007)
and with no requirement to inform the general public on changes to the highway
code unless you periodically check you will never know of the changes.
The following link points out the responsibilities of
See rule 62
This link highlights how pedestrians should behave
See Rule 13
It is evident from my own conversations with people
enquiring about either lack of signs or requests for white separation lines
that there is a larger issue of lack of understanding of what the signs mean
and how to behave on those particular types of highway. The cycle
route is signed and it is signed correctly having been checked and safety
There are discussions ongoing about how best to communicate
the relevant messages to the groups of people who may not either be obeying the
highway code or understand how they should behave.
The My Journey team will be letter dropping the locality and
holding events as well as radio messages and other infomercials in the near
Both the County and District Councillors are aware of this
issue and are involved in this campaign to reduce conflict on the shared
cycleway. We are trying to encourage town and parish councils to publish
the highway code information or at least show people where it is in their
magazines and newsletters to help reach people who may not be computer users.
If you require any further information please contact Gary Hedges [Gary.Hedges@hants.gov.uk] who will
endeavour to help.