Does anyone know if the bike lane will be fully restored on Flat Iron Square? It doesn't look like it at the moment, and it's a bit daft to have one part missing off an almost complete bike lane.
I haven't been impressed with the works as no access was maintained for cyclists, with the pedestrian walkway so narrow you couldn't push a bike down it. I had to go down America Road and cut across SBR, which was positively dangerous.
That bit of bike lane running in front of the shops was dodgy anyway, I never felt comfortable cycling there as it always felt like a pavement. Wouldn't surprise me if they closed it, and it will be much safer for people exiting and entering the shops as well.
I was thinking about this only this afternoon. It doesn't look like the bike lane can work there now. It could have been good if the bike lane was road level through the 'square' with drops for pram/wheelchairs.
Maybe they'll make the remaining road two-way for cyclists.
Given the amount of time it's taken to do the works (so far) and the quality of materials used (the paving slabs are *massive*), and thus the inevitable expense that's gone into the square, I feel the designers have taken their cue a little too much from the 'Flat' part of the square's name. From my (VFM based) point of view it either ought to look a lot more 'interesting'. Either that or (layman builder that I am) surely cheaper materials/techniques could have been used to similar effect?
Yes, although the layout intrigued me initially I'm a little disappointed by the, as you say, 'flatness' of the whole design. I appreciate the flower beds got some abuse but as a detail they added character, maybe planters are due? I'll reserve final judgement until its finished.
It looks like its nearly finished. The proposal for the urban forest shows ayes street to great guilford street will be a shared pedestrian/cycleway. Seems much better. And hopefully the other changes to the square will dissuade the intolerable street drinking. Now we just have to hope that the island cafe is smartened up and a decent breakfast can be had!
Drivers who use Ayres St have right of way into Union St which is mad. Drivers coming into Union St past the Island Cafe alongisde the new Flatiron Sq need to give way and dont.
Cyclists are at real risk here as there is nothing indicating to them that they should give way. Perhaps this is a wicked plot by the designers to kill off cyclists using unwary motorists coming up Ayres St.