Sunday, 29 June 2014

Designing for blind corners

At a location where there are blind corners, like the one above coming off a bridge which meet a path running across it, there is the potential for a near-miss or collision.
So the tendency is to install barriers as shown. These however can prove problematic to users

 The woman with her children in a Christiania trike above or a mobility scooter user will have considerable difficulty and may be unable to proceed. 
An alternative approach is to try to use bollards, as above, with the same problems likely to occur.

The solution below removes the risk of collision at the blind corner itself and improves sight lines giving people time and space to adapt their position or speed to avoid a collision where the rails end.

1 comment:

Avocado Zest said...

I'm regularly baffled by how little attention is often paid to sightlines by the people who design cycle infrastructure. Sometimes the infrastructure is there first and then something else disrupts sightlines (new road signs, or simply an explosion of greenery) but often the problems are "designed in" from the get-go. My personal biggest bugbears are two-way cycle paths that suddenly start at exactly the worst places for people wishing to join them from the wrong side of the road to cross the road - typically at a blind corner or just before the brow of a hill.