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Gallery: MCL obstruction

Obstruction of mandatory cycle lanes (MCL). Cars invading, blocking or parking in MCL and bus and cycle lanes.

The Highway Code [140] stipulates Cycle lanes as: "These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply." [Law RTRA sects 5 & 8].

Penalty code N065: Fail to conform to a traffic sign, namely a bus lane or contravening Route for buses/pedal cycles. Refers to laws S 36 RTA 88 Reg 19 TSGD Regs 02 & Sch 2 RTOA 88.

Penalty code N092: No Waiting. Refers to laws S5(1) S8(1), S52(5) RTRA 84.

See also http://www.camcycle.org.uk/campaigning/issues/mcls/

This gallery was created on Tuesday, 20th April 2010

Some cars are so narrow, they seem like "designed to fit in a Mandatory Cycle Lane".

Cycle contraflow completely blocked by MACC Building Solutions van. Occupants, in back of van, said they had to block the cycle lane because there was nowhere else to park.

B7 RAD illegally parked on Emmanuel Street. Driver not present in vehicle; not loading or unloading either; there was a bloke having a smoke in front of the vehicle who might have been the driver, but the vehicle is certainly unlawfully par ... [more]

W582 EOO unlawfully parked on Emmanuel Street, during the morning peak period. Note that the Royal Mail van in the distance (well; not that far, and that's my point) is parked in the loading bay. There is more than one van's length avaliabl ... [more]

The number of occasions fines were imposed for obstructing Cycle Lanes (cycle lanes other than bus lanes) between 1 January 2010 and 31 March 2010 contravening rule 140 of the Highway code in Cambridge. 4x £30 on Regent Street 1x £30 ... [more]

Photo showing how the delivery bay is 33 steps away from where 3663 instead park in a cycle lane illegally - see photo #12202.

Yet another Carlsberg lorry parked on the contra-flow mandatory cycle lane, forcing cyclists into head-on confrontation with oncoming traffic. Registration YJ08 AHL.

Unknown van using up most of the contraflow on Downing Street; couldn't be bothered to get his registration—there's really no point; nothing'll ever get done about it.

CAT Scaffolding Ltd with number plates V353 FHW obstructing a Mandatory Cycle Lane despite space on the driveway. Cyclist forced into main lane with speeding cars and lorries. See also #22296

CAT Scaffolding Ltd with number plates V353 FHW obstructing a Mandatory Cycle Lane despite space on the driveway. Cyclist using the shared use pavement (contra-flow). See also #22297

Cyclists circumnavigating a white van stopped in the mandatory cycle lane at the Hills Road/Station Road traffic lights.

Renault Laguna with number plates LV04 NZT on Newmarket Road (CB5 8JJ), east bound on 20 April 2010 ca. 18:20 hrs. (reported 18:22 hrs. as incident 462 / 20APR2010) - “LV04 NZT” went into bus & cycle lane on Newmarket Road east boun ... [more]

Renault Laguna with number plates LV04 NZT on Newmarket Road (CB5 8JJ), between Garlic Row and Swann's Road went into bus & cycle lane on Newmarket Road east bound. slowed down at (bus) traffic light, but went through red light. He stopped ... [more]

Renault Laguna Extreme Dci 120bhp (5 Door Hatchback), number plates LV04 NZT Newmarket Road (CB5 8JJ) east bound, between Garlic Row and Swann's Road. 20 April 2010 ca. 18:20 hrs. (reported 18:22 hrs. as incident 462 / 20APR2010). More of ... [more]

Carlsberg lorry unloading to Revolutions bar at 7:30 am on the 14th April 2010 completely blocking the cycle lane causing cyclists to pull into oncomming traffic blind.

S354 TKY parked illegailly in cycle lane

Car parked illegally in Cycle lane

W582 EOO illegally parked in cycle lane

Yes another parked van in cycle lane

Yet another lorry parked in teh cycle lane.

The usual obstructions in the mandatory cycle lane on Bateman Street

Obstruction of contraflow cycle lane and footway in Downing St

Vehicle parked in cycle lane in Regent St

Thoroughly (and illegally) blocked contraflow lane.

Cyclist squeezed between traffic and vans illegally blocking the contraflow cycle lane.

Yet another white van on Bateman Street scrupulously keeping the road clear for motor vehicles while blocking the contraflow cycle lane.

St Andrews Bureau van blocking the contraflow cycle lane - as a local property management company they really should know better.

The road has already been narrowed by building work, so it's particularly bad for a City Council truck to block the Mandatory Cycle Lane here!

Taxi AG04 LCN with license 1051 parked in contra-flow cycle lane with double yellow line. So much about professional drivers.

Private hire vehicle CU05 MWM with windscreen plate number 409, parked (engine off) in contraflow cycle lane. Took this picture, then went over to his window. Me: "Are you aware that you're illegally parked?" Him: "Mate, mate: move on." ... [more]

An extremely underexposed shot of AV53 ZBX parked illegally in the contraflow cycle lane. See #20201 for the wider shot.

Red VW bus with number plate KX56 HHV (taxi license 158, see also #19068 and #19261) stopping in a cycle lane again, despite space on the pavement.

Once again, a St Andrews Bureau property management company van blocking the contraflow cycle lane outside their properties on Bateman Street.

Saint Andrews Bureau truck blocking the contraflow cycle lane and footway on Bateman Street again - as a local property management firm they really should know better.

The contraflow cycle lane on Bateman Street - blocked by a white van, as usual.

Cambridge's town centre "bus station" is Emmanuel Street, with stands overflowing into neighbouring streets and a bus garage on the corner with Parkside. It is now one way for motor traffic, with a contraflow lane to maintain 2 way cycle ... [more]

Wonderful - a warning sign for the car traffic which isn't being impeded, but nothing at all for cycle traffic in the contraflow lane which has actually been totally blocked.

Apex Scaffolding truck parked in Mandatory Cycle Lane - but would it be any safer if they parked on the other side and carried the poles across??

Delivery van parked in cycle lane on Hills Road. "The traffic wardens told me I can park here" was the response. See the bike trying to pass in the main traffic flow.

Cyclist pushing bike along footway, possibly due to St Andrews Bureau vans parked illegally in the Mandatory Cycle Lane. As a local property management firm they really should know better. One of their vans was there again four days later.

AD58 VXG blocking cycle lane in front of Robinson College on Grange Rd

AD58 VYT blocking cycle lane in front of Robinson College on Grange Rd. The driver also made a rude hand gesture.

AG58 FTT blocking cycle lane in front of Robinson College on Grange Rd

LJ51 YRK blocking cycle lane in front of St John's College School (Grange Rd)

S887 JRK blocking cycle lane in front of St John's College School (Grange Rd)

Taxi AC03 CVK (licence number 119) blocking cycle lane on Huntingdon Road

S482 JEG blocking contraflow cycle lane in Bateman St

YX51 CZT and others blocking cycle lane in front of St John's College School

EN07 WDL and many other cars blocking cycle lane in front of St John's College School.

HY54 WZU blocking contraflow cycle lane Bateman St/Panton St corner

BD55 EZT blocking contraflow cycle lane Bateman St/Panton St corner

YT02 WXX blocking mandatory cycle lane in front of St John's College School

T50 ABG at St John's College School partly blocking cycle lane

VK07 MVC blocking BOTH cycle lanes at the same time - right in front of Grand Arcade cycle shop!

Van BD55 EZT blocking contraflow cycle lane in Bateman St corner Panton St.

Taxi blocking contraflow cycle lane on Downing Street

Removal van blocking contraflow cycle lane in Bateman St

Removal van blocking contraflow cycle lane in Bateman St

This mandatory cycle lane, redmac, ASL, double yellow line area is SOOO CONVENIENT for the local shops near Mitchams corner. Selfish driver of van AD03 UFU leaves cyclist in an awkward position at the traffic lights and with no chance to ge ... [more]

Mandatory Cycle Lane (MCL) on Chesterton Road is often used by motorists to park their cars (plate R960 EMW "just popped into the offices" on the opposite side), pushing cyclists into the main lane with cars often exceeding 30 mph on this s ... [more]

Mandatory Cycle Lane (MCL) on Chesterton Road is often used by motorists to stop or park their cars (plate R2 NAW ), pushing cyclists (many school children) into the main lane with cars often exceeding 30 mph on this straight (see also #170 ... [more]

Two white vans blocking the contraflow cycle lane on Bateman Street - right by the traffic island.

More bad parking - happens almost every morning

Water Street start of cycle lane and cross-hatching to prevent parking

Car waiting in the MCL contra flow lane on Emmanuel Street. Driver of the car AN08 XYA is away from the car in a shop.

Van blocks the ludicrously narrow cycle path and the pavement. Just after 3 in the afternoon as children are leaving school and walking (very few cycle for obvious reasons) home.

One more van (KE55 JTD) using orange flashing lights to make parking in the cycle lane outside Revolution legal. Magic!

Car KG51 FNW selfishly and illegally blocking the bypass lane that allows cyclists to avoid conflict with oncoming motor vehicles at the Radegund Rd traffic calming. Note. There is no shortage of legitimate parking spaces only a few yard ... [more]

Totally thoughtless (and illegal) blocking of the Downing Street contraflow by Area Scaffolding van, registration P214 LLX. See also #15044, which shows the same vehicle there several hours earlier.

Totally thoughtless (and illegal) blocking of the Downing Street contraflow by Area Scaffolding van, registration P214 LLX. See also #15045.

Dangerous and illegal parking is very common. Turning into the contraflow cycle lane on Mawson Road leaves the cyclist stuck between oncoming cars on Mill Road and Mawson Road

Bike lane is now a convenient parking bay for taxis. Parking is not enforced since the red tarmac obscures the double yellow lines. Police can't be bothered to enforce the statutory bike lane.

Taxis parked on the cycle contraflow on Mawson Road. The blue one was still there two hours later.

Taxis in contraflow MCL outside cafe in Mawson Road

Not planned with buses in mind...

With a little care (less) parking it's possible to block the pavement and the cycle lane. Licensed taxi 148 blocks mandatory cycle lane and pavement outside Revolution in Downing Street, Cambridge

The taxi driver (plates MA03 ZBP ) with license 1015 is not bothered by the photo being taken of him blocking the mandatory cycle lane in rush hour (Wednesday, 8:05 am) as he is reading today's headlines about the supposedly increased cos ... [more]

The taxi driver (plates MA03 ZBP ) with license 1015 is not bothered by the photo being taken of him blocking the mandatory cycle lane in rush hour (Wednesday, 8:05 am) as he is reading today's headlines about the supposedly increased cos ... [more]

Vehicles K501NCR and T989LHK illegally and inconsiderately parked on the Bateman Street contraflow cycle lane.

Van DN04 GUX was parked in double yellow lines near Manamexico - CB2 1AB. He was warned by LAPE Warden. The van was then moved into the MCL right after the Downing College entrance (CB2 1DQ), where LAPE doesn't bite.

Anroe Electrical Lighting van EF54PPX parked on double yellow lines and blocking cycle path, north side of end of Glisson Rd, where it meets Hills Rd, just outside Cambridge Coffee Company shop.

Not much point providing a cycle lane if motorists illegally park in it.

A taxi blocking a mandatory cycle lane during the morning peak. There are safer and legal places to stop in the service road to the left.

Car "YS 52 OAA" illegally parked so as to cause a dangerous obstruction to a cycle bypass lane in Cherry Hinton High Street. Reported to Police as incident CC20071206-358.

Cyclists wait as cars use their contraflow (illegally) due to queuing lorries.

University of Cambridge EMBS vehicle FE03 UGK illegally on the Downing Street cycle lane and pavement.

A van driver actually being ticketed by a police employee (not sure if a policewoman or a PCSO) for parking/stopping in the Downing Street cycle lane.

Lynx delivery van X861 EKK illegally stopped/parked in cycle lane on Downing Street.

On the afternoon of the first Saturday after the new John Lewis opened in Grand Arcade (across the road) this lorry was parked blocking the contraflow cycle lane on Downing Street while delivering to the 'Revolution' bar. This was forcing ... [more]

Tetley / Carlsberg van delivering on Downing Street: 24th August 2007: 09.13 BST

Illegal use of the cycleway and pavement by Carslberg lorry, YJ55 FWC. 23rd October 2007, mid-morning.

Red car W516 VOJ reported to police at 4:45 pm as incident 0403 / 02102007. This vehicle is a regular culprit: #11515, #11517 and #11638. Note: Many obstructions on the pavement. Confusing layout for cyclists.

A newly re-painted continues white line on the East Road MCL invites motorists to use that "extra space". Cyclists are being pushed into the main traffic lane of the ring road. Volvo L606 RAH reported as incident 340 / 21092007. Car has suf ... [more]

Volvo L606 RAH reported as incident 340 / 21092007. Car has sufficient space to not block the MCL.

The van MX05 OLM manages to park in two cycle lanes at once (pavement contraflow cycle lane + onstreet MCL) + obstructing the view for traffic coming from Hamilton Road. Drivers answer: "We have build the buildout and parked here for six we ... [more]

Car encroaching onto the East Road Mandatory Cycle Lane, blocking the dropped kerb. The red Renault W516 VOJ had been there for at least two hours: #11515 . Weeks later #11639. How many police cars pass this place every hour on their return ... [more]

Car parking on the East Road layby where cars encroach onto the MCL when accelerating on the bend after the Newmarket Road roundabout. The red Renault W516 VOJ was still parked there two hours later.

Camper van K492RTN tries to block cycle lane and footpath at once

Virgin Media vehicle HG07NFJ blocking cycle lane. Reported to the company using the "How am I driving?" phone number with no response, and the vehicle was illegally parked some weeks later.

Car "X566DKC" obstructing Mandatory Cycle Lane on Cromwell Road. Reported to Police as incident 533.

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