A pavement route on the north of Hales Street is a pretty bad idea for at least two reasons:
Secondly cyclists travelling from Fairfax Street to Corporation Street would have to cross the path of oncoming buses and taxis to reach the pavement at Millennium Place and to get back to the left side of the road at Bishop Street.
Another idea is to convert the pavement on the south side to pedestrian/cyclist shared use.
It's pretty narrow, but has far fewer pedestrians than the north side. Whether it's better than an on-carriageway contra-flow is debatable.
Using the pavement presents problems at and beyond the bend.
Cyclists will have to move to the right to see pedestrians further down the road.
Past the bend the pavement gets narrow. People will be coming in and out of shops. There's also the problem of obstruction by retailers' signs.
A suggestion was made to take some space from the carriageway to widen the pavement.
Contra-flow on the carriageway is the obvious solution, until you notice a bus coming from Bishop Street:
The kerb on the north side has been built out too far. If the build-out were a metre less, a bus could get around the corner without taking the whole of the carriageway.
I expect the council will say it's too expensive to move the kerb.
Why didn't the design brief for the junction include a requirement for bothway cycling on Hales Street? Perhaps if cyclists hadn't been overlooked at that stage, something much better would be in place now.
Hales Street is marked on Coventry Council's cycle map as a cycle route.
Recommended cycle routes in blue