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[Image taken 17.6.21] Bootham, York. Paul on his way to collect his son from nursery at the University. Paul doesn't have a car. His son can now pedal independently but Paul uses his cycle for utility trips too such as food shopping. Paul got the cycle at the start of lockdown. He is one of the many people who use a longer and/or wider machine on the cycle-ped-wheelchair route between the York-Scarborough rail line and Marygate car park. During the summer of 2020 that route was widened. In November 2020 it was reduced to 3.4m (max) I don't consider it wide enough for the use it gets (year-round, all hours, all weathers) and the variety of users: pedestrians including commuters; dog walkers; pupils going to/from school independently and accompanied, on foot, on cycles (pedalling independently and 'onboard'); people electric hire scooters/cycles (the Tier scheme); users of mobility scooters and wheelchairs; groups including visiting schools: #170267. I believe the guidance provided by Government (such as LTN 1/20) is a minimum provision and that local authorities should look at the requirements of their own populations - and the future use of same. The demonstration on 16.6.21 (yorkmix.com/video-and-pictures-cyclists-take-over-the-roads-in-york-in-go-slow-protest/) organised by the York Cycle Campaign (yorkcyclecampaign.bike/) shows the cycles people use in this city. They are not skinny machines but what I call ‘York’ cycles - bought, and built or adapted, for use instead of a car (further example: #168884 and search on “‘York’cycle”).

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