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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

Car "GSL U581" (Polish number plate) obstructing the mandatory cycle lane on Cromwell Road. Reported to Police with incident number 546

The cycle lane is hidden to the right of the car. This is the point where bicycles are supposed to get off the pavement into the on street MCL. Unfortunately the section is badly designed and the MCL is hard to find when cars are obstructin ... [more]

Clearly marked Mandatory Cycle Lane on Milton Road.

Bus and Cycle Lane on Milton Road

Two cars are inconsiderately invading the cycle lane and were reported on 14JUN07 case 377. Car " N982 SDW " parked over double yellow line and invading MCL .

Cyclists coming from the subway under the roundabout are theoretically required to dismount for a section of about two meters. The dropped kerb and area where cyclists are supposed to join the on street MCL is frequently blocked by cars on ... [more]

Inconsiderate parking on lay-by on East Road put cyclists in danger from cars / lorries / coaches on East Road.

A perennial problem on Bateman Street contraflow.

A perennial problem on Bateman Street contraflow.

This vehicle, illegally stopped in a cycle lane on Hills Road, thought that the cycle lane in the rush hour would make a pleasant place to stop for a bite to eat, for five minutes.

Mandatory Cycle Lane on Chesterton Road (between George St and Chesterton Hall Crescent) by night. (see also #17071, #13132 and #17072)

Inconsiderate and antisocial parking by staff from Anglian Home Improvements in Cambridge (ANGLIAN WINDOWS LIMITED, Company No. 02540020) causes safety issues on East Road. This is after complaints by phone and online that same day. Cars wi ... [more]

Bateman Street. Contraflow MCL. Lots of parked cars (no cycle parking) plus vehicles obstructing the MCL (there were three of them on that occasion) leave little room for bicycles.

Mandatory Cycle Lane on East Road. Car parking on lay-by invades MCL with rear wheel right on top of the bicycle painted on the floor. This is the part where bicycle remerge onto the road from the pavement. The obstructing car (number plate ... [more]

Mandatory Cycle Lane on East Road. Car parking on lay-by invades MCL with rear wheel right on top of the bicycle painted on the floor. Car (number plate EJ93 MKE ) reported to police with reference 154. Note the prolonged bend which leave ... [more]

Mandatory Cycle Lane on East Road. Car parking on lay-by invades MCL with rear wheel right on top of the bicycle painted on the floor. Car (number plate EJ03 MKE ) reported to police with reference 154.

Typical situation on Hills Road. What are MCLs good for if cars (BT service van, number plate FL05 ZNH ) stand / stop and even park in them?

Typical situation on Hills Road. What are MCLs good for if cars (number plate AK55 BCF ) stand / stop and even park in them?

MCL on East Rd. Due to inappropriate design of the lay-by cyclist get pushed into Ring Road traffic (dangerous) or onto pavement (illegal). Note the prolonged bend which leave cars coming from the roundabout out of sight. Cars, lorries vans ... [more]

East Rd nr Newmarket Rd roundabout. Cars parked on lay-by force cyclists out of MCL into main traffic where cars/vans/buses/lorries frequently exceeding 30 miles /h speed limit tend to invade the lane due to a bend. The bay allows 30 minute ... [more]

Cars obstructing the MCL on East Road (near roundabout) force bicycles onto the pavement (illegal, could cost £35 on the spot) as cars invade MCL.

Another delivery man thinks its convenient to stop / park in the MCL on Milton Road

Most Sunday mornings cars (different ones) park in the MCL. Being pushed from the MCL into the main lane is particularly bad on Sundays, as due to less traffic on Milton Rd cars tend to exceed the 30 m/h speed limit on the road.

¿What is it with MCLs and parking? Here at a crossing with traffic lights.

Taxi X217 DNU illegally stopped/parked in the cycle lane on Hills Road. Illegal and anti-social actions like this make such lanes useless.

After reporting the obstruction caused by cars on the MCL to the police several times, I have noticed an improvement during the past few days in that cars only invade the MCL, without blocking it completely.

Cars are allowed to park Mon-Sat daytime for 30 min in this lay-by on East Road, which is designated on our Traffic Regulation Orders and by signage on site as a maximum waiting parking place. This one invades the MCL and stands on the "cyc ... [more]

Even a double yellow line does not always stop motorists. This picture was taken one day two after Ian Greasley forwarded message to the "Local Authority Parking Enforcement" (LAPE) office at Cambridge City Council.

The Milton Road cycle lane is popular with parking cars... See invading white vehicle,parked blue one and lorry in bus/cycle lane on the opposite side.

Van, from Hilary's Wholesale Cambridge, illegally and dangerously obstructing the contraflow cycle lane, choosing to deliver to the Pembroke College kitchens by stopping directly outside, rather than stopping in an adjacent side-road or usi ... [more]

Police car in a traffic queue, with a vehicle using the cycle lane illegally.

Car using the cycle lane illegally for unloading. There is a loading bay 50m up the road.

Vehicle J835EHD, of Sheppard's Removals & Storage, parked illegally and totally inconsiderately in the cycle lane, creating much danger, just before 10am on 14th November 2006. Note the cyclist about to face an oncoming bus, and the bloc ... [more]

School of Motoring vehicle in Mandatory Cycle Lane in Hills Road. Note proximity of cyclist.

Abusive driver stopped in mandatory contrafow cycle lane in Downing Street. Others report that this vehicle has been stopped here on other days.

The short cycle lane at the west (Hills Rd) end of Glisson Road is often blocked by vehicles parked illegally on the double yellow lines. Some regular sweeps have been requested to try and stamp out this illegal and selfish behaviour.

Obstruction of the contraflow cycle lane by illegally parked vehicles is a persistent problem. Cyclists are forced to leave the lane and ride into oncoming traffic to get past vans like these. The second van in the picture is straddling the ... [more]

Some nice parking in the cycle lane. Right in the path of cyclists turning on/off the railway bridge.

East Rd, southbound. The lay-out is difficult to master and cars obstructing the passage where cyclists have to enter the cycle lanes where cars come out of the roundabout.

East Rd, southbound. The lay-out is difficult to master and cars obstructing the passage where cyclists have to enter the cycle lanes where cars come out of the roundabout.

This illegally and inconsiderately parked car has been ticketed. But it is not next to a yellow line so apparently not enforceable under the Council's new parking enforcement regime. Could this have been ticketed by the police?

More totally selfish Parking blocking this cycleway.

Selfish and illegal car parking forces pedestrians into the road.

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