UBGMLK-15-M Street Network Planning and Design
Coursework Assignment, Component A
To be submitted: Street network design portfolio (2,000 words with 10% or so margin)
Weighting: 50% of the module mark
Submission date: 26th April 2022 at 14:00
This assignment focuses on the following two module outcomes:
MO1 Evaluate and design multi-modal networks, streets and junctions considering the needs of all users
MO4 Evaluate and statistically analyse road safety problems and monitoring data
Coldharbour Lane and Stoke Lane
The UWE East Roundabout is the main entrance to the UWE campus and lies on Coldharbour Lane to the east of the campus, as shown in Figure 1. It also forms the access to the Bristol Business Park and the retirement village to the east of Coldharbour Lane. North of the roundabout, Coldharbour Lane has a central dividing strip and connects with the A4174 Avon Ring Road. To the south of the roundabout, Coldharbour Lane changes its name to Stoke Lane at its junction with Long Down Avenue. The section of Stoke Lane between the roundabout and the top of the steep descent to the motorway bridge further south has changed in nature in recent years. This change in nature is as a result of the housing development on each side. Arguably, the nature of the road itself has not changed with the changing nature of the frontages and use.
Figure 1 Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Lane and the roundabout
The aim is to develop one or more options for a re-design to improve attractiveness, comfort, safety and movement efficiency for the following two sections of route:
The section of Coldharbour Lane north of the roundabout;
The section of Coldharbour Lane and Stoke Lane between the roundabout and the top of the steep hill down to the motorway bridge.
It may be that treatment of the section north of the roundabout (a) is different to the treatment of the section south the roundabout (b).
You are encouraged to think holistically, and in particular about the experiences of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. You will need to understand the implications of any changes made to the route in terms of capacity.
The three tasks you will undertake are as follows:
Network planning for walking and cycling routes within the wider area;
A street Quality Audit (See Traffic Advisory leaflet 5/11);
Outline designs for the sections of road north and south of the UWE Roundabout (NB the roundabout is the subject of the other assignment)
Task 1 Network planning
You will need to investigate mapping for the cycleways and footways in the wider area. The South Gloucestershire Cycle Map is available here. You will consider the position of the Coldharbour Lane link within the context of the wider cycle and walking network. You should:
Evaluate the role of the Coldharbour Lane link in relation to how it forms part of the wider cycleway and footway walking network; i.e. for what routes would the Coldharbour Lane walking / cycling link be used? To what extent does Coldharbour Lane provide a direct and continuous connection to the wider walking / cycling network?
Task 2 Street Quality Audit
Note the listing below is not as full as the listing in the Traffic Advisory Leaflet and is in a different order, which is a more logical order based on the work that you are to be doing.
Task 2.1 Description of the collision record along the route. This should extend to the creation of collision diagrams and factor grids to understand the types and nature of collisions that are occurring.
Task 2.2 Undertake a cycle audit. Understand the routings of cyclists, the routes available to them and their standard, and the transition cyclists have to make, for example, crossing carriageway. You should develop a concise statement of problems for cyclists and other forms of micro-mobility with the current Coldharbour Lane layout. Your designs will respond to these problems.
Task 2.3 Undertake a walking audit. Understand the routings of people walking, the routes available to them and their standard, and the transition walkers have to make, for example, crossing carriageways. You should develop a concise statement of problems for walkers and people who use buggies and wheelchairs with the current Coldharbour Lane layout. Your designs will respond to these problems.
Task 2.4 Undertake a bus audit. Understand the provision of infrastructure for bus services, including bus lanes, bus stops and the bus services that use Coldharbour Lane. Consider the quality of the passenger waiting environments and the ability of passengers to access bus stops (e.g. provision of walking routes and crossing points close to stops).
Task 2.5 Develop a vision and objectives for the proposed re-design.
Task 3 Outline designs
Produce two separate outline design drawings for the sections Coldharbour Lane to the north and south of the UWE roundabout. The drawings should be on an Ordnance Survey base map at 1:500 scale which indicates the outlines of the proposed revisions to this highway corridor to meet the aspirations of the vision and objectives.
You will be expected to be familiar with and use latest thinking in terms of design for all human scale modes, and indeed consider innovations that can further enhance the experience for cyclists, for example, perhaps innovations in relation to the type of separation to be adopted. You may also wish to consider carefully issues in relation to e-scooters, but recognising there is currently no infrastructure design guidance available for this mode.
Your report should be in a single WORD file. The main body of the report will be in the order of 2,000 words. It will contain:
Section 1 A short introduction explaining what the report contains.
Section 2 A section summarising the findings from the Network Planning
Section 3 A section summarising the Quality Audit leading to the vision and a statement of the vision and objectives for the design
Section 4 A section summarising the Design
A final section which discusses what you have learned, including:
Reflection on how the design guidance supported the design process, considering its strengths and weaknesses;
Critical appraisal of the extent to which the guidance still takes proper account of the needs of all types of pedestrian and cyclist
The following appendices should be provides
Appendix 1 Annotated plan of the wider network
Appendix 2 Road Safety Analysis (including collision diagram and the factor grid)
Appendix 3 Summary of cycle audit
Appendix 4 Summary of walking audit
Appendix 5 Route north of the roundabout. Hand-drawn layout plan on a true to scale base mapping that contains a full set of annotations which summarise the design proposals and their justification and accompanying cross-sections to the above, also suitably annotated.
Appendix 6 Route south of the roundabout. Exactly as above.
The work that you undertake will be assessed according to:
Depth of understanding of the route within the wide cycle and walking networks
The appropriateness of the analysis and outcomes from the audits
The appropriateness of the vision and objectives
The quality of the resulting designs
The level of evaluation provided in the discussion of what you have learned from the process of developing the designs and the unresolved contentions in the design.
Overall clarity and coherence of the reporting and compliance with requirement for a single WORD file submission.
Sources of data
Usage data. You will be provided with some data on traffic flows for the route and the roundabout.
Safety data. You will be provided with some data on collisions.
Mapping. You should use Digimap to provide you with the necessary base mapping to create the design (http://digimap.edina.ac.uk), You can download and print Ordnance Survey maps using ROAM.
Reference sources. Some key resources are listed below, but this list should not be treated as exhaustive
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (2010) Manual for Streets 2. Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, London, UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/manual-for-streets-2
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (2019) Better planning, better transport, better places. https://www.ciht.org.uk/knowledge-resource-centre/resources/better-planning-better-transport-better-places/
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (continuously updated). Streets and Transport in the urban environment series https://www.ciht.org.uk/knowledge-resource-centre/resources/streets-and-transport-in-the-urban-environment/
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (2000) (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/urban-design-in-the-planning-system-towards-better-practice (quite old, withdrawn by government, but still very useful)
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (2002) Paving the way https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118142407/http://www.cabe.org.uk/files/paving-the-way.pdf (quite old, withdrawn by government, but still very useful)
Department for Transport (2007) Manual for Streets. Thomas Telford, London, UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/341513/pdfmanforstreets.pdf
Department for Transport (2020) Local Transport Note 1/20 Cycle Infrastructure design. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycle-infrastructure-design-ltn-120
Department for Transport (continuously updated) Local Transport Notes. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-transport-notes
Department for Transport (continuously updated) Traffic Advisory Leaflets (TAL). https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/traffic-advisory-leaflets
Especially TAL 5/11 Quality Audit. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/4394/5-11.pdf
Parkin, J. (2018) Designing for cycle traffic: international principles and practice. ICE Publishing, London. Available via the ICE Virtual library as an e-book, and accessed via UWE library ‘transport databases’ collection.
Transport for London (various dates) Streets toolkit. https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/streets-toolkit#on-this-page-1 (You may especially be interested in three of the documents: a) ‘Streetscape guidance’, b) ‘London Cycle Design Standards’, and c) ‘SuDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) in London – a guide’.
Finally, you may wish to consult the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB), on certain matters, but it is not anticipated that your design (with the exception of CD195 Designing for cycle traffic) would comply with DMRB. Available at https://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/dmrb/.
https://firstname.lastname@example.org,4.8769603,3a,75y,172.37h,82.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLofDsuJkt1Qb7bGQr-dE4A!2e0!7i16384!8i81920020- Take a walk down Beethovenstraat – a multi-modal high-street with residential side roads in Amsterdam. Draw inspiration from the way the street is designed i.e. the street cross-section design (designations for footway, cycleway, general traffic and trams) and how priorities are managed at side road junctions. Note there are some great examples of ‘small’ and ‘large’ side roads showcasing differing approaches to junction treatments.
dft_rawcount_count_point_id_809745 – This spreadsheet in the zip file contains an automatic traffic count, classified by vehicle type for Coldharbour Lane south of the UWE roundabout.
For task 2.1 : refer Collision data report and collision data plot. Also refer (TE-RoadSafety-v1) PPT- slide 30(collision diagram)
For task 2.2 and 2.3 refere:
please take a look at the Local Cycling and Walkiing Infrastructure Plan guidance here, especially the supporting documents. This guidance points to the use of the Welsh approach for walking audits anyway, and as a means of simplifying, my suggestion is that you also use the Welsh cycle audit approach, which is closely matched to the LCWIP cycle audit approach anyway (the same people wrote it!). The Active Travel Wales guidance is here. Look especially at Sections 10.5 to 10.7 and Appendix H. (You can also look at Sections 10.3 and 10.4 for network planning). You will then find the two tools for use here.
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