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[Image taken 3.1.22] Manor Lane, York. The speed cushions are ineffective - they do not reduce motorists' speeds. BUT the effect on people who cycle can be considerable. The cushions have been repaired so extensively there is ‘scar tissue’ at the edges. Riding over the raised area is difficult and uncomfortable on a standard cycle. There is no smooth route to avoid the cushion unless you use the central gap. But many motorists take this as provocation or the person on the cycle ‘taking more than their fair share of the carriageway’ and drive at you/don’t reduce their speed as they approach. Speed cushions present even more hazards for people on trikes. When, as here and at all the other speed cushions in York (see also: #176085, #175740, #175422), there is no flat route to bypass the raised area (or damage), the wheels of the trikes will be at different heights. This would be disconcerting and could be hazardous. This piece of outdated infra is a physical and visible obstacle to cycling and tricycling. It also reduces the attractiveness of active travel. It should be removed. Other images today: #177229 and links.

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