Centurion Way Path Usage October 2021

During October 2021 the Centurion Way people counter recorded 33417 individual journeys.

That is an approximate average of 1078 journeys recorded per day by the counter.

Because the counter is situated between two of Bishop Luffa’s school gates, most of the school students do not pass the counter. The figure recorded by the counter is therefore in addition to the number of students using Centurion Way to get to Bishop Luffa school.

Daily counts varied significantly during the month of October and presumably this is because peoples transports habits change on the days with heavy wind and rain.

The chart below shows path usage figures for October 2021

October 2021 chart
Chart of path usage in October 2021. Blue bars show Northbound traffic and Red bars show southbound traffic

Raw data recorded by the counter during September is available here http://centurionway.org.uk/CounterData/2021-11-07.MEM

A day by day count of traffic on the path during October 2021 is available in CSV format here 2021OctoberCount

The raw data can be read using the IMMotion software available here https://www.im-motion.com/downloads/

Path Usage September 2021

September 2021 had the greatest monthly recorded traffic of people walking and cycling on the Centurion Way path since installation of the counter on January the 1st 2021. A total of 37250 people were recorded passing the counter in September 2021 compared with 25299 in the previous month August.

There was a particularly high number of people travelling southbound on the evening of the 11th September between 7pm and 11pm.

Path Usage Chart for Sept 2021
Chart of path usage in September 2021. Blue bars show Northbound traffic and Red bars show southbound traffic

Raw data recorded by the counter during September is available here http://centurionway.org.uk/CounterData/2021-10-03.MEM

An hour by hour count of traffic on the path during September 2021 is available in CSV format here sept2021hourly-count-bishop-luffa

The raw data can be read using the IMMotion software available here https://www.im-motion.com/downloads/

Path usage data for Aug 2021

The number of people passing the FoCW counter at Bishop Luffa school during August 2021 is shown in the chart below.

Chart of path usage in August 2021. Blue bars show Northbound traffic and Red bars show southbound traffic.

Counting was interrupted between 10:29 am on Wed 25th August 2021 and 03:00 pm Friday 27th Aug 2021

Raw data recorded by the counter during Aug is available here http://centurionway.org.uk/CounterData/2021-09-02.MEM

The raw data can be read using the IMMotion software available here https://www.im-motion.com/downloads/

Counter at Bishop Luffa Footbridge has been Rendered Inoperable by Spray Paint

Unfortunately the FoCW counter has been rendered inoperable with spray paint!

Paint has been sprayed into the optical windows of the counter making the lenses and sensors within the equipment opaque. This leaves the counter unable to sense pedestrians or cyclists on the path.

Scratching the paint with my thumbnail revealed it can be removed with mild abrasion.

Fortunately, the paint sprayed into the counter appears designed to be impermanent and it is possible the counter can be dismantled and its optics and sensors successfully cleaned to allow continued counting. Spray paint also applied to the ground appears to be of an identical type of impermanent paint. Presumably the impermanent paint is designed to weather from the road after a few weeks.

The time paint was sprayed into the counter (10:29 Am Wed 25th Aug 2021) coincides with the time surveying work was seen to take place on Westgate and Centurion Way. On Wednesday I noticed several people using cable detectors and placing spray paint marks onto sections of Westgate. Westgate Resident Julia Smith has confirmed she saw the survey team operating at 10:20 Am on Wednesday. This will have been only 9 minutes before the paint was sprayed into the counter.

Paint markings presumably indicate where cables run under ground and these marking go past the front of the counter.

In the image above a paint marking can be seen at the base of the counter . A close up of the same paint marking is also shown in the image below.

It is not yet clear who is responsible for the survey or why they felt they should render the FoCW counter inoperable by spraying  marker paint inside its works?

Paint markings were sprayed on vegetation and the earth and these presumably mark cable runs. Numbers adjacent to the markings presumably indicate the estimated depth of the cable runs.


A lamp post close to the counter has spray makings at its base, presumably indicating the cables may have something to with the lighting.

Similar paint has been applied to a section of Westgate with many arrows apparently indicating where cables are run beneath the pavement.

We have now collected samples of the paint in case there is any dispute over it being identical to the marker paint used by surveyors to mark cable runs. The video link below shows the paint being collected from the counter and shows that it it can be scraped off reasonably easily with a fingernail. This helps to demonstrate that it is road marker paint rather than from a can of cellulose spray that used for graffiti.

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Paint samples from the counter were scraped off with a Stanley knife blade and collected in bag B.

Bramble leaves with maker paint from around the lamp posts were collected in bag A.

The optical windows within the counter were covered by a thick layer of spray paint

The counter recorded the time when both IR beams were broken by the spraying survey marker paint into the counter. The data stream giving the time of interruption is shown below.

 

Path Usage in July 2021

The popularity of Centurion Way is unsurprisingly proving to be weather dependent.

Wet weather slightly dampened peoples appetite to get fresh air and exercise on the path in the latter half of the month.

July 2021 Path Usage
Chart of path usage in July 2021. Blue bars show Northbound traffic and Red bars show southbound traffic.

A total of 29,618 journeys were recorded by the FoCW counter in July 2021.

Wikipedia reports that the 2011 Census recorded 26,795 souls reside within the city. If Chichester’s population has remained within 10% of the 2011 census count, then the counter has counted more than one journey per person who lives in the city during the month of July 2021.

The counter is situated at the southern end of Centurion Way immediately south of the railway crossing bridge at Bishop Luffa school.

An hourly count of path usage in July 2021 is available here in .csv format

Raw data recorded by the counter in May is available here http://centurionway.org.uk/CounterData/2021-08-06.MEM

The raw data can be read using the IMMotion software available here https://www.im-motion.com/downloads/

FoCW recommend you write in opposition to Sherborne-Rd/Westgate pavements being converted into shared use cycle tracks

Dear Friends of Centurion Way Supporters,

West Sussex County Council have opened a consultation Traffic Regulation Order CHS9038RC which closes on the 5th August 2021.

Items iii & iv within the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) will introduce two parallel crossings at the Sherborne-Rd/Westgate mini roundabout.

Although this may initially sound like a good idea, it puts cyclists onto our pavements riding around dangerous blind corners directly into the path of pedestrians.

In addition, the pavements where cycling will be expected to ride (and also the cycle crossings themselves) do not meet the specified Department for Transport minimum widths for two way shared use cycle
tracks.

Moreover, plans that have recently been released towards the imminent construction of the West of Chichester Development Phase Two Southern Access Road, show that the spine road for this 1,600 new home
development will directly connect at the location of the existing Sherborne Rd mini roundabout requiring virtually all cycle traffic to be transferred onto the existing pavements!

This will effectively severe the National South Coast Cycle Route (NC2) that currently joins Centurion Way into the heart of the City.

Centurion Way was thoughtfully designed by John Grimshaw and constructed in 1995 to follow the former route of the Chichester to Midhurst Railway line.

Great care and attention was paid to using only wide radius turns and to maintain space alongside either side of the path so pedestrians and cyclists have adequate visibility between one another to share the
path in safety.

By contrast, visibility between users will be inadequate when the Sherborne-Rd/Westgate pavements are converted to carry cycle traffic.

Where cyclists are to be redirected onto existing pavements, the few people who remain prepared to ride the Westgate cycle route will conflict with pedestrians.

The inevitable conflict between pedestrians and cyclists will deter vulnerable and elderly residents from attempting to walk along Westgate to access Centurion way.

Young families using child buggies and pushchairs will find it uncomfortable to walk with children on these pavements because bikes will suddenly appear as they approach blind corners.

Of particular concern is the impact the changes will have on our residents who rely on guide dogs or canine assistance dogs.

Zebra crossings on the arms of the mini roundabout would be fine but we feel it is highly undesirable to relocate cyclists onto the pavement at the Sherborne-Rd/Westgate junction.

There are several options for making objections or comments within this Traffic

Regulation Order (TRO) CHS9038RC consultation. You may:

  • email your objections, comments and concerns to tro.team@westsussex.gov.uk
  • reply to WSCC using the TRO response form on their website. Currently this link gives access but if it fails, try using this more general link covering all WSCC TROs
  • send in writing to: TRO Team, West Sussex County Council, The Grange, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1RH

Be sure to quote reference TRO/CHS9038/RC and include your full name and address when responding as otherwise your concerns are not able to be taken into consideration by WSCC.

Please join us at the Sherborne-Rd/Westgate mini roundabout at 6pm on Saturday the 24th of July so we can take a photo of everyone to accompany our newspaper story about the Friends of Centurion Way concerns over the plans.

To keep you up to date with what’s happening concerning Centurion Way our web site www.centurionway.org.uk is updated regularly.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 18:00 – 20:00 at the Crate & Apple but if space is not available we will relocate to the Chichester Inn.

We’re on Facebook and you can E-mail us on friends@centurionsway.org.uk.

We would love to hear from you.

Mark Record (on behalf of the Friends of Centurion Way).

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More details of our concerns about the conversion of pavements to shared uses are available below the horizontal line.


Centurion Way was designed as an integral part of Chichester’s walking and Cycling network. It must remain connected to the city centre city by high quality walking and cycling route along Westgate.

John Grimshaw Designed Centurion Way after setting up cycling charity
Sustrans and the National Cycle Routes scheme in 1977. He stepped down
after 30 years in 2008 and today is Honorary Engineer and Trustee of
Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited, which is involved with walking and
cycling issues.

John Grimshaw

When John was interviewed by the Chichester Society he explained:

Strangely I don’t really mind if the Centurion Way is changed and rebuilt – provided that it is for the better, extends towards the City Centre as a traffic free greenway that is landscaped and planted. Most crucially, Centurion Way must be connected to provide such a direct and attractive route that new residents will see cycling to school, to the Station and the City Centre as the most natural and easy way to travel in Chichester”.

The friends of Centurion Way share John Grimshaw vision and feel strongly that it is unacceptable for cyclists to be forced to share inadequate standards of pavements with pedestrians to enable intense
levels of motor traffic to be routed over an existing National Cycleway.

Cyclists will Round Sharp Blind Corners Directly into the Paths of
Oncoming Pedestrians!

The Northern side of the mini-roundabout is bounded by 2-metre high brick walls. Current proposals re-locate cyclists from the road onto the pavement on a shared use cycle track. Issues are:-
1). Cyclists will round corners with virtually zero forward visibility directly into the path of oncoming pedestrians.
2). The proposed width of sections of shared cycle tracks are well below minimum widths recommended by DfT. Indeed, shared use cycle tracks are inappropriate in this location according to current guidelines.

The image above shows an annotated clip taken from the currently proposed scheme. The route of cyclists around blind corners will clearly inconvenience/endanger pedestrians. Frail elderly members of the
community are particularly vulnerable to injury from collisions with bicycles on these blind corners.

3) Conflict between cyclists and pedestrians will be inevitable on the North West pavement of this roundabout.

DfT Guidlines for Cycle Infrastructure Design LTN1/20 state:

5.9.3 “Objects such as walls, fences and trees should not be sited close to the cycle track on the inside of bends as this will potentially affect the visibility”

This guidance applies to all new cycle infrastructure (as in this case) but is clearly not adhered to in these proposals. In this example, the apex of the corner is bounded by the edge of a substantial brick pillar and wall, giving no visibility between approaching pedestrians and cyclists.

4) Conflict between cyclists and pedestrians will be inevitable on the North East pavement of this roundabout

DfT Guidlines for Cycle Infrastructure Design LTN1/20 state:

5.9.3 Table 5-7 provides minimum horizontal curve radii which should be used for cycle traffic on cycle routes including shared use facilities alongside rural highways where there are few pedestrians.

These radii are based on being able to accommodate the turning space required by the cycle design vehicle (i.e. the actual turning radius of the vehicle) and to provide adequate stopping sight distance at
typical cycling speeds The minimum inside radius given in LTN1/20 Table 5-7 is four metres but at  the brick pillars this scheme uses a radius of zero metres!

5) Conflict between cyclists and pedestrians is inevitable at this location on the North East pavement of the roundabout

The image above shows the visibility a cyclist will have when rounding the brick pillar that bounds the North East edge of the pavement. The absolute minimum stopping sight distance recommended in
LTN1/20 (Table 5-5) is 17 metres! This distance is usually measured to the extreme inside radius edge of the cycle track. As cyclists approach the apex of this corner, ChiCycle approximate an actual
working SSD of only 1 – 2 metres. This is between 6% and 12% of the minimum distance!

6) Conflict between cyclists and pedestrians is inevitable at this blind corner at the North West pavement of the roundabout.


The image above shows the approaching view of any pedestrian heading south on Sherborne Road, with the proposed crossing to the left. The implications are disastrous for anyone reliant on a mobility
assistance dog, a frail elderly person, or a mother with children using the North West pavement. Current proposals convert this footway into a shared use cycle track!
In addition, Bishop Luffa has approximately 1,600 students who are increasingly encouraged to walk or cycle to school, rather than be driven in. The westward arm of the roundabout (West Westgate) also
links two national cycleways and the Saltern’s way cycle path. Whilst the proposed pedestrian zebra crossing at Sherborne Road makes sense, is it really realistic to re-locate cycle traffic from the road onto
this pavement?

7) Conflict between cyclists and pedestrians is also inevitable at this blind corner at the North East pavement of the roundabout.

The image above shows the approaching view turning north into Sherborne Road of a parent taking children to Parklands Infant and Nursery School or returning from First Steps Childcare at Chichester
College. Can it be justified for families to share space at this sharp corner with busy commuter cycle traffic approaching? Will mobility impaired and partially sighted residents feel safe using the proposed
infrastructure that will have cyclists rounding this sharp corner without the protection of compliance with DfT forward visibility  criteria for shared use cycle tracks?

7) On the corner on the South side of Westgate, two way rush hour cycle commuter traffic will be approaching pedestrians on the pavement where visibility is severely restricted. This is unlikely to make
patients of the osteopathy clinic (or any other pedestrians) feel safe using the pavement at this corner. This issue is illustrated in the following image.

Westgate is the only viable walking and cycling route carrying
pedestrians and cyclists from the city centre

It is unrealistic to shoehorn existing levels of walking and cycling onto existing pavements through their conversion to shared use cycle tracks!

A number of locations to the west of Chichester create substantial volumes of pedestrian and cycle traffic that could not safely use the proposed narrow sub standard shared use pavements.
A) Whitehouse farm housing development creating 1600 new homes
B) National South Coast Cycleway NC2
C) Saltern’s Way Cyclepath
D) Tesco Hypermarket (both shoppers and employees walk and cycle)
E) Bishop Luffa School with approximately 1,600 students and teachers
F) Chichester College and First Steps Nursery, 15,144 students, of whom 4,373 are full time students
G) Parklands Council Estate, approximately 2,500 residents
H) Centurion Way, counter estimates 1000 journeys made per day
I) Parklands Community Primary/Infant/Nursery School

The coloured lines in the diagram (shown below) represent paths and desire lines that cyclists are likely to follow after the proposed conversion of the footways into shared use cycle-tracks.

This design will result in conflict that will particularly disadvantage vulnerable pedestrians. Parents pushing prams or holding a child’s hand, elderly or disabled pedestrians will be unable to avoid walking on narrow shared use cycle-tracks if they need to negotiate this junction.

Unsuitably Narrow Pavements are Proposed for Conversion into Shared
Use Cycle Tracks!

DfT Guidelines for Cycle Infrastructure Design LTN1/20 stipulate that:

Where a cycle track is bounded by a vertical feature, people will not be able to use the entire width as they will naturally be wary of riding immediately next to walls and kerbs. Designers should provide additional width as shown in Table 5-3.

As at Sherborne Road, on the north-side where there are adjacent features such as a two-metre vertical wall, LTN1/20 indicates additional width of 0.5 metres should be provided in addition to the 3 metres minimum recommended width for shared use paths. Total 3.5 metres.

The proposed scheme ignores DfT minimum width guidelines where shared use tracks are bounded by vertical features as illustrated in following two diagrams.

The TRO proposals runs a cycle track past a mature beach hedge that encroaches a long way over a pavement that is below the specified width for shared use cycle tracks. The image below illustrates the
narrow gap between the hedge and the kerb. It is difficult to imagine the adult and infant shown in the image below, sharing the space between the hedge and the road with fast moving morning commuter
traffic including wide cargo bikes and parents pulling bicycle child trailers also using this pavement.

These design proposals fail to follow current advice given by all relevant DfT guidelines. This will result in discrimination towards vulnerable pedestrians in contravention of the 2010 Equality Act.

In positions where yellow globes are proposed at each end of the Westgate parallel crossing, significant difficulty will arise if these are mounted onto vertical posts rising up from the pavement. The
effective width at this section of the shared use cycle track would then be only a tiny fraction of the DfT minimum for shared use facilities. This is illustrated in the diagram below.

FoCW and ChiCycle Big Picnic (A Chichester Festival event)

FoCW and ChiCycle supporters met up for a big Summer Picnic at the Amphitheatre on Centurion Way.
One of our Youngest Supporters arriving in a bike trailer
Government guidelines restricted the number of people able to attend but nonetheless we still held an enjoyable picnic event and everyone enjoyed meeting for an outdoor event.
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Torrential rain cleared up just in time for people to ride to the event in dry (ish) weather. Light drizzle at the beginning of the picnic soon cleared up as more people arrived.
Home Built Tandem

Picnickers enjoyed attempting to ride Adam Bells challenge bike where the steering, breaks and pedals all work the opposite way around to a standard bike. I managed to ride about 50cm length before completely loosing balance. Several people manage to ride almost a whole metre.

People arrived with all shapes and sizes of trailers, scooters, bikes, and cargo-trikes. You can see a home built Moulton tandem conversion in the photos. We had 18 people in total attend and a dog. It was fun taking part in the Chichester Festival with our Big Picnic event.

West of Chichester Development Phase 2 Plans Now Available for Consultation

Nick Billington is the the Associate Director of Planning for the West of Chichester Development which is project managed by Tetra Tech Limited. He led the virtual meeting yesterday evening on the 30th June 2021 presenting the Vistry-Miller Phase 2 plans. This included details of the long awaited Southern Access Road plans.
A time table for initial community discussion of the plans was also provided prior to the meeting and is shown below:

CLG stands for Community Liaison Group and if you would like to be included you could try emailing westofchichesterpart2@tetratech.com or by phoning 02382 022 800 (ask to speak to Nick Billington or Ed Allsop)

To view the virtual exhibition of plans for the outline planning for Phase 2 of the West of Chichester Development, you may follow this link: https://vpc.tetratecheurope.com/engage/westchichesterpart2/ a large downloadable PDF version is available here.

A large PDF file containing the 12 drawings accompanying the proposals is available here. An even larger version is available here.

Some FoCW members had trouble viewing this very large file showing all the drawings at once and we have some less detailed clips to give a quick view to those with less powerful PCs

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The plans are certainly an improvement on early drafts seen by the FoCW that severed Centurion Way at Bishop Luffa School.

Concerns remain about how cycles will cross the junction between Westgate and Sherbourne Rd. Initial viewings of the drawings indicate that cyclists may be expected to use unsuitable pavements inappropriately converted to shared use cycle tracks. An image clipped from one of the proposals drawings is shown below.

The light grey areas in the image above indicate areas intended for cycling.

 

6 Months of Counter Data Collected on Centurion Way at Bishop Luffa

The Friends of Centurion Way have now collected 6 months of data monitoring how people use the path!

A chart of the paths usage throughout June 2021 is shown below:

 

Blue bars represent Northbound traffic and red bars represent Southbound traffic

Friday the 18th saw remarkably high traffic of 1,191 northbound journeys and 1,001 southbound journeys. This gave a total of 2,192 journeys counted on the 18th June.

A .csv format file containing the data from June 2021 is available on the following link http://centurionway.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021-07-01.csv

Raw data recorded by the counter in May is available here http://centurionway.org.uk/CounterData/2021-07-01.MEM

The raw data can be read using the IMMotion software available here https://www.im-motion.com/downloads/

Overview of Path Usage over the Past Six Months

CW Path Usage at Bishop Luffa for the first Six Months of 2021

Year

Month

Northbound

Southbound

Total

2021

Jan

12788

13151

25939

2021

Feb

12808

12955

25763

2021

March

16663

16978

33641

2021

April

14095

13878

27973

2021

May

16380

16245

32625

2021

June

17359

16553

33912

Since the start of the 2021 New Year 180,903 journeys had been counted by the evening of July 1st 2021

 

White House Farm Phase 2 Outline Plans including the Southern Access Road are to be Finally Revealed on Wednesday the 30th June 2021

Friends of Centurion Way have campaigned since October 2017 to retain existing good quality walking and cycling facilities on the western side of Chichester.

The initial 2017 Southern Access Road (SAR) proposals involved the removal of the southern end of Centurion Way with cyclists being relocated in both directions onto an unsuitable shared use pavement passing through multiple school bus stops. The proposed shared pavement also included a difficult to negotiate crossing of the northern arm of a new roundabout at Bishop Luffa School. It was planned that people travelling between Chichester and Fishbourne would have to make a lengthy detour to the north to reach a shared pedestrian/cycle SAR crossing and then double back on themselves back past the opposite side of the new Bishop Luffa roundabout to reach the footbridge. This diversion would increase these walking and cycling journeys by just over 276 metres going in either direction! A ChiCycle article detailed these issues here.

The initial poor quality draft plans for the (SAR) appeared to have been rejected by our local planing authorities but this has left the Friends of Centurion Way campaign in a strange limbo situation ever since. For four years Linden Miller have flatly refused to discuss their plans for the SAR claiming that disclosure might compromise commercial negotiations. Finally in late June 2021 we are about to find out what is planned for the SAR that should already be opened to construction traffic if Planning Performance Agreements had been adhered to. Linden Miller are only now readying themselves to disclose the new plans to residents and the wider local community.

Local planing authorities and Linden Miller originally agreed a time table (Planning Performance Agreement) for the development where the SAR would be opened for construction traffic by the completion of the 125th dwelling. This was reported by the Chichester Observer in an article Southern access delay fears at Whitehouse Farm (31st July 2017). It can also be viewed as an informative statement within the Phase 1 outline planning agreement on page 14. It states:

49) The Planning Performance Agreement and Development Delivery Timeline set out a commitment by the applicant to seek to deliver the southern access to the site within a specified timescale. In light of this, the Local Planning Authority anticipates that the southern access will be available for use by construction traffic no later than occupation of the 125th dwelling forming part of the Phase 1 scheme hereby permitted and that the southern access will be available for all traffic no later than occupation of the 225th dwelling as outlined in the agreed Planning Performance Agreement and the associated Development Delivery Timeline. The Local Planning Authority is committed to working with the developer and other relevant bodies with a land interest to deliver this.

Our fear is that the new SAR proposal will look similar to the original draft plan illustrated below.
Draft SAR route from 2017