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[UPDATE: 29.12.21] Today I visited the post office. Afterward I tried to cross over to the other side of Haxby Road. The slight widening of the pavement on that side and the resulting reduction in distance to cross makes it look as if this is a place people can move from one pavement to the other, or as I was trying to do, walk across with my cycle to join the northbound carriageway. In fact, despite this being a place people will need and want to cross to and from, the speed cushions make it very difficult and uncomfortable for someone even without sight or mobility issues. I consider it would be very difficult with something like a buggy, a wheeled walker or a wheeled shopper. And impossible in a mobility scooter or wheelchair. CYC continues to install infra and implement schemes that deter and obstruct active travel modes. [NOTE: A FoI to CYC: "Why did CYC install speed cushions?" Response: "Haxby Road was resurfaced between 22nd Feb and 26th Feb 2020. The existing set of asphalt cushions were replaced with Rediweld ones as part of the works."] [Image taken 31.10.21] Haxby Road, York junction with White Cross Street. Cushions were installed summer 2021 – June? [I had guessed this date but see NOTE.] This image shows (as did all the others I took, and as does this streetview from more cushions installed this summer in York goo.gl/maps/QvU2XPvvMgDnnbRAA) that motor vehicles are so wide they simply straddle them. For people cycling they are a huge deterrent : we cannot position ourselves in the carriageway where we want to/feel safe. In some locations - Bootham Crescent, York, for example, the flat route through is between them - the centre of the road. But drivers drive straight at cyclists often 'explaining' as they shout, Get out of the middle of the road! Trike users have additional issues at speed cushions. There is no room to pass them on the flat. If a wheel goes over the speed cushion the cycle is at an angle and at risk of tipping over. The cushions are hard work for people on cycles to pass over, and painful. Other image here today: #175421 and links.

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