One of the comments so far in response to my post about the cycle contraflow in Cheap Street/Westgate Street (I still don’t know if/when it will be completed, but I am inquiring), is about making the contraflows clearer by painting the lanes on the road. There are all sorts of difficulties connected to doing this in the city centre, but elsewhere it can work. After all the London “superhighways” for cyclists are painted blue. The photo of The Avenue and The Firs contraflows in Combe Down (where else?) shows how a little paint can work really well.
There is paint only at the beginning and end of the roads. Traffic is not heavy on either road, so a light touch here is fine. These contraflows are cheap to install, people on bikes no longer ride on pavements in these roads and the contraflows slow motor vehicles down as a bike approaches.
Whatever the type of implementation; and I think it should be horses for courses, with physical barriers between cycles and motor vehicles as the first option on busy roads. In my view all one way streets should be contraflows for bikes as this shortens journey times and keeps cyclists away from time consuming, dangerous one way systems. This is a way of encouraging people to ride bikes. Contraflows can make the journey shorter, safer and more direct.
I welcome any views on this issue and perhaps information as to where there is a need for contraflows. Please comment if you wish.