Members of the Campaign have highlighted dangers for cyclists pedalling across the old bridge to and from Handbridge. Because of the way the sensors are fitted and the length of the span that has to be crossed there have occasionally been conflicts between cyclists crossing the bridge meeting cars which have set off on green traffic lights from the other direction.
Often this results in angry exchanges of words, horn sounding and occasionally intimidation, despite the fact that the cyclists had started their crossing on green. By the time the bridge was crossed the other set of lights had changed.
Communications with various parts of CWaC Highways dept have brought to light that the nub of the problem is to do with Heritage England not allowing additional sensors to be fitted onto the historic structure. These would detect the passage of cyclists as they cross the bridge and could control/delay the traffic signals.
The Campaign, whilst accepting this may be the current position with Heritage England being inflexible, it is still pressing for improvements to the safety of the route by various means – one wonders what will be the official reaction when a serious injury to a cyclist occurs…!