The plans for Portland Street were always pretty dreadful, and unlike Oxford Road, our replies to the consultation were completely ignored, and the dangerous designs have been implemented with very few changes.
This set of images follows on from last November's post Portland Street - is this Manchester's most dangerous cycle lane?
The cycle route from here is just an advisory cycle lane.
It even disappears at pedestrian crossings!
As you approach the junction with the bus station things get really bad. First there is this nasty interaction with the taxi rank,
then there is this dreadful 90 degree right turn to get across the bus lane.
This section is very dangerous. It will be far safer to cycle in the bus lane!
However, this is where it gets bonkers...
On Saturday 6th February the cycle lane carried on like this.
However, by yesterday it had become a hole in the ground! I understand there had been an invitation-only meeting at TfGM where this had been discussed, but this is just rearranging the deckchairs whilst the ship sinks. TfGM failed to listen the first time round and now public money is being wasted digging up what has already been installed.
The next section is still in place,
which leads to the tram crossing
and then more intermittent advisory cycle lane leads to the next dreadful design error.
Here you can see how the road has been narrowed, creating a narrow section of cycle lane
which is directly in the path of turning vehicles
as this bus driver demonstrated.
Then we lead into the bus sandwich.
Here you are directed into the gap between the bus stop and the bus lane
before arriving at a token ASL.
The last section is still under construction, so watch this space.
How long before someone gets badly hurt?
The safest position to be in all the way along Portland Street will be the middle of the bus lane, totally avoiding these dreadful cycle lanes.