On 16 September 2014, the Johannesburg Urban Cyclists Association (JUCA) met with the City of Johannesburg to inspect the pilot section of the University Corridor Cycle Lanes. JUCA commended the City of Johannesburg on the roll-out of this project and expressed satisfaction with current design on sections of De Korte Street.
It was clear that many of the current design improvements to increase pedestrian, cyclists and motorist safety that JUCA would like to see implemented are constrained by current traffic legislation and design standards. For example JUCA would like to see advanced bike boxes and prioritised signaling for cyclists and pedestrians installed at intersections. Current legislation prohibits these interventions.
JUCA recommended the following to the City of Johannesburg:
• Current design approach that mixes cyclists and pedestrians at intersections will be terminated. Instead cycling lanes will continue and stop at intersections until future extensions commence.
• Enforcement of lane use needs to be implemented as soon as possible. Vehicles (including police vehicles) continue to park on these lanes.
• Future design will place all vehicle parking spots onto the right of bicycling lanes.
Privately managed parking spaces (on behalf of the City of Johannesburg) between StationSt and Jan Smuts in front of WAM, and then all along Jorrisen in front of the Braamfontein Centre present potential hazards to cyclists as vehicles exit the parking spots. Placing parking to the right of cycling lanes reduces the risks of dooring and crashes.
An alternative solution is to turn these bays in future into on-street bicycle parking corrals. In some cases in the current pilot section such as on De Korte Street this parking arrangement has already been implemented to the satisfaction of JUCA.
• JUCA would provide design suggestions on how to ferry turning cyclists within current limitations provided by legislation.
• Right in front of Station Street, there is a problem with taxis using the bike lane and the section next to it on the left, next to the island, as parking. CoJ talked about putting in raised bumps to discourage this practice. Lane enforcement from JMPD is also required.
JUCA observed that:
• Current design approach heightens risk of conflicts between cyclists and bus passengers. Ways such as signage, education and training should be found to mitigate this risk. Other sections of the lanes to be constructed could also where possible locate the cycling lanes behind bus stops.
• More signage, both upright on the pavements and painted on the lanes themselves, is needed. Signage is especially necessary at key decision points such as Wits entrances and bus stops to remind pedestrians, cyclists and cars to be aware of one another.
• The City needs to provide some kind of training/communications for Metro bus drivers – both about not parking in the lanes, and about being aware of cyclists at certain key points along the route.
• The green cycling paint has faded very quickly. CoJ representatives agreed that they were also unhappy with it and that they were speaking to their suppliers about it
• That the cycling and pedestrian lanes on Enoch Sontonga could be expanded by reclaiming some of the space from the Cemetery.
• The dip at the bottom of Enoch Sontonga collects storm water presenting cycling difficulties.
Finally JUCA strongly supports the suggestion by the CoJ to locate bicycle racks in the now empty “drop off” bay in front of Senate House on Jorrissen Street.