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[Route ridden/data captured 8.10.21] York. This is the official, signed, diversion route during the Clementhorpe flood works. It is around 2km long. Typical ride time: around 10m but the junctions mean it could be longer. The route is twisty, with right turns, and includes summits you can't see over the top of, streets with no sight lines and that are lined with motor vehicles such that you are at risk (or need to be alert to the risk) of car dooring. On many of the roads there is no space to pull over if there is an oncoming motor vehicle or a driver who is determined to pass. At the Skeldergate/Fetter Lane end it starts with a right turn and a steep uphill from a standstill (see: #174411). There is no seating. No place to catch your breath or rest after tackling one of the uphill stretches or if you simply want or need to sit. I do not know of any free toilets or quick and easy toilet access on this route. In short, the route has none of the attributes of the original - see #174754. It may meet the statutory requirements for a route but it is in no way comparable to the original. Many, many people do not feel it is safe or find it difficult to use - and so don't - for other reasons including the steep ups and downs. The graphic shows how convoluted the route is and how often the gradient changes. The pedestrian (presumably also the wheelchair/mobility scooter) route is along the much more direct but heavily trafficked Bishopthorpe Road: #174755.

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