The version of near side peds and far side cycle is new to me, but I will include the version as another type of hybrid
Could you get a photo if possible - have to say I know a few cyclists who would be happy with that .
There seems to be an opinion among those I know, that far sides is far easier when on a bike.
OK, I went the less pretty way this morning and took some pictures of the twin-system Norwich crossing which explains both why they've done it, and why it's daft having two different systems.
The crossing is here
at the junction of Newmarket Road and Ipswich Road.
This is how I approach the thing in the morning:
The crossing is actually a bike crossing right next to a ped crossing, so it isn't really a true Toucan, but of course this distinction is lost on most peds.
Approaching from my direction (heading north on Newmarket road) I get to the bike crossing first, with a button facing the way I intend to cross and a farside light directly in front of me.
Further to my left is the nearside Puffin button, facing away from me so I can't actually see it.
The proper ped crossing heads across Newmarket Road, then kinks slightly left and takes peds to the centre island in Grove road. However, the problem is the college where I work is to the right on Ipswich Road, so the ped crossing over Ipswich road isn't much use as it's out of the way.
The Cycle crossing heads down Grove Road and of course allows an easy right turn for bikes intoIpswich road
This is the view looking the other way as seen by cyclists
So clearly here they had to use farside indicators for the cycles. Having crossed Ipswich Road, the cycle track then crosses the small pavement area and then comes to the Newmarket Road crossing and again has farside indicators. It would be really daft to have nearside on the second crossing, having had farside on the first.
Now the real problem comes for people heading north toward the city from the college as we do at gonig home time. There is no easy ped crossing so everyone crosses before the junction avoiding the cars. The official way is to walk quite a long dogleg across half of Grove Road and then over the Ipswich Road and then over Newmarket Road.
This is what you see as you approach the junction along Ipswich Road
Having got over Ipswich road, you then approach the twin crossing on the cycle part. You're faced with a choice of either a press-button directly in front of you facing a far side light, or a press button for the Puffin crossing you can't see because it's aimed away from you or one as far away from where you are as it can be. So guess what happens:
Thing is, nearside indicators for the cycles aren't an option on this crossing. So if we have instances where they can't be used, why operate both systems in the first place? But also for people approaching this crossing from the south the Puffin crossing simply isn't obvious as the nearside indicators can't actually be seen as you approach the crossing.