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Photo #169577

[Image taken 22.5.21] Tanner's Moat, York. Three of a group of four cyclists using the cycle cut-through. Were they following NCN65 or the Transpennine Trail (and diversions) based on their clothing and their kit? If this bit of infrastructure were a human it would merit an award for 'Services to the facilitation and promotion of active travel'. The immediate area needs urgent rethinking and reworking in favour of people on cycles (including wider and longer designs including cargo cycles), foot and in mobility scooters and wheelchairs (see: #169525). People need to be able to get from here and Tanner's Moat and from Rougier Street onto Lendal Bridge without either having to go round the Lendal Gyratory or having to 'become a pedestrian'. Because the place they are aiming for is adjacent to this point. And because not everyone can get off their cycle and push it. Plus, requiring cyclists to dismount or to be able to walk does not constitute designing for accessible, attractive, inclusive, intuitive active travel routes. Or encourage takeup of cycling or for motorists to swap to active travel modes for at least some of their journeys. Further, this small area is oversubscribed by variety of user and the equipment they have with them: pushchairs, shopping bags, walking sticks (see: #169526), wheeled luggage, wheelchairs, cycles, dependants or partners being held by the hand... There was conflict and congestion even before the diversion signs went up. See also: #169578

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